This week’s news in brief

Tribunal claims on the up

The number of cases taken to employment tribunal in the past year is expected to have risen sharply, according to official figures released today. The annual figures from the Employment Tribunal Service will show a huge rise in equal pay claims, driven by staff fighting thousands of cases against local authorities. The full report is available online at midday (Tuesday).

BBC appoints new HR chief

The BBC has concluded its search for a new head of HR, appointing Stephen Kelly (pictured above) as director of BBC People. Kelly, chief HR and change officer at BT Global Services, will join the corporation on 2 October, replacing Stephen Dando, who moved to Reuters in April.

Graduate starting salaries

Starting salaries for graduates in the public sector are higher than those in the private sector for the first time, research has revealed. The average salary for a public sector graduate will be £21,445 this year – 7% above the average private sector wage of £20,035. Civil Service pay is outpaced only by the lucrative oil industry, according to the figures from the Hay Group consultancy.

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