More news in brief: Leaders to help CRE

The CRE will consult business leaders to decide on changes to its Leadership Challenge initiative. The initiative encourages leaders to adopt personal and company plans to promote the business case for equal opportunities. CRE chairman Gurbux Singh will host the event on Wednesday at the Cafe Royal Hotel in London.


Ownership at stake

Scottish Power intends to launch a new employee share ownership scheme – called The Plan – which gives all UK employees with more than 12 months’ service a tax efficient stake in the company. The plan is in response to the Government’s Finance Act 2000 which came into force this month.


Interview via video

A web site launched this week gives jobseekers the chance to present themselves for interview via video clips. Recruiting companies can use the video facility on where HR directors or MDs can also give vital details about their companies.


Car tax ignorance

Research shows only 10 per cent of companies are prepared for the Government’s environment friendly tax regime on company cars, which comes into force in 2002. The Gee Guide to Company Cars 2000 surveyed finance directors, company secretaries, managers, HR managers and fleet managers in more than 350 UK organisations. The new regime will be based on carbon dioxide output rather than mileage.


Demand boosts pay

Strong demand boosted company secretaries’ salaries over the past 12 months, a survey from the recruitment agency CSS has revealed. It carried out a survey of over 2,000 company secretarial professionals employed by FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies. The survey found the highest salaries are in excess of £200,000.


HR library on the Net

A web library aimed at HR departments has been launched to provide articles for staff intranets, magazines and newsletters. The site has been developed by novelist and copywriter Louise Hide and is aimed at producers of in-house publications.

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