IT chiefs handle cuts sensitively

More than half of UK directors in the IT sector prefer to communicate news
of redundancies to staff through an informal meeting between manager and

Research by RHI Consulting finds the next most popular method of informing
staff about lay-offs is by using formal group meetings, with 36 per cent of
employers choosing this approach.

Only 6 per cent of directors advocate using memos to inform staff about job

Phil Sheridan, area manager at RHI Consulting, said: "Recent lay-offs
in the IT sector have caused an atmosphere of caution and directors have become
increasingly sensitive to the way bad news is communicated."

The study, based on a survey of 1,100 HR, financial and general directors in
charge of recruiting IT professionals, also reveals 65 per cent of employers
think the use of temporary staff will rise.

Only 12 per cent of respondents expect the use of temporary staff to

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