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Skills drive works

government drive to recruit highly-skilled workers from abroad has had a huge
response, with applications running into the thousands from India
and Pakistan
alone. The Home Office’s Highly Skilled Migrants Programme, launched in 2002,
attracted 4,798 applications from India
and 2,840 from Pakistan.
Of these, 1,569 Indian applications have been accepted along with 639 from Pakistan.

Tapping into IT talent

newly-appointed head of the Cabinet Office’s e-government unit has said he
wants to make better use of talented IT professionals inside and outside the
public sector. Ian Watmore said
that while there are some
talented IT staff in the public sector, it has also lost a lot because of the
outsourcing agenda in the 1990s.

Temps on the increase

has been a huge increase in the number of temporary workers taking up permanent
positions in the UK.
A survey by recruitment firm Portfolio Payroll showed that 79 per cent of businesses
were offering staff roles to agency workers, as opposed to 62 per cent from the
same survey two years ago.

BA chief to face HR

Wednesday 22 September, the Personnel Today HR Directors Club is holding its
seventh breakfast briefing at the Victoria
& Albert Museum.
Members will hear from Rod Eddington
the chief executive of British Airways, who is taking time out of his hectic
schedule to talk about the current challenges facing the airline. The event
takes place at 8.00-10.30am. The HR
Directors Club is sponsored by Arinso,
DBM, Hays, Hammonds, PeopleSoft and



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