This week’s news in brief

Recruitment boost

Most employers in the public sector are planning to recruit more staff in the next three months, according to new NOP research. The quarterly study, sponsored by recruitment firm Manpower, shows that the balance of public sector employers looking to take on more staff is up by 15%. Across the UK, eight of the nine industry sectors surveyed are planning to take on staff in the next quarter.

Staff vetting simplified

Staff vetting procedures in the public sector should be simplified, after the Home Office launched an interim police local cross-referencing database. The I-LPX system will supplement the exist-ing process for Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks. It will high-light if any force – not just those where the applicant lived – holds relevant information about them.

Sikh officer to sue MoD

The most senior female Sikh soldier in the Army has named a brigadier and three colonels in a sex and race discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence. Warrant officer Jinder Moore alleges that she received e-mails from senior colleagues about how quickly she got pregnant when she returned to work after a second period of maternity leave. She claims that the e-mails, and alleged verbal abuse, amounted to racial and sexual discrimination. The Army said it does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

CRE recommendations

The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) will publish the final findings and recommendations of its formal investigation into the Police Service of England and Wales today. The investigation was prompted by concerns about racism in the Police Service, which were compounded by the broad-cast of BBC documentary, The Secret Policeman, in October 2003.

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