This week’s news in brief

Record public payout

A whistleblower who alleged abuse of inmates at Wakefield Prison has been awarded compensation of £477,600 and £90,000 costs after winning a claim for unfair dismissal. The amount awarded to former prison officer Carol Lingard is thought to be the highest in the public sector.
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Jobs market cools down

The monthly Report on Jobs, published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and consultancy Deloitte, shows signs of cooling demand for staff in June. Recruitment grew at its slowest pace for 20 months and demand for nursing/medical staff showed an outright decline for the first time in the eight-year history of the report. Salary inflation also eased to its weakest level since February 2004.

BBC jobs guarantee

Unions at the BBC have accepted revised guarantees from corporation management on plans to cut 4,000 jobs. More than nine in 10 (92%) members of broadcast union Bectu voted to accept a one-year guarantee of no compulsory redundancies while talks move forward on how to reduce staff by 20%.

BT’s five-year deal
BT and consulting giant Accenture have signed a five-year, £70m business processing outsourcing contract for learning services. The contract, which begins on 1 August, complements the 10-year £306m HR outsourcing contract signed by BT and Accenture in January this year.

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