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Prime minister David Cameron has announced that Lord Young of Graffham has been drafted into the coalition cabinet as an adviser on health and safety practice. As a result of the appointment Lord Young, who joined the House of Lords in 1984, will undertake a "Whitehall-wide review" of health and safety laws and analyse the…

Business Secretary Vince Cable has outlined the responsibilities of his Ministerial team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Vince Cable said: “I am delighted with my new job as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. “My focus will be on getting banks lending to small and medium sized businesses to create…

A UK employment body has said it is keen to meet with the new Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable to discuss possible changes to Agency Work Regulations. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said working with the government on the issue is an "immediate priority" for the recruitment industry. REC head of policy…

The lack of women in David Cameron’s new coalition cabinet appears to have upset a UK organisation. Theresa May is the only MP from the Liberal Democrat and Conservative coalition to be offered one of the top jobs in government, becoming home secretary. Ceri Goddard, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, characterised the make-up of…

Government yesterday called on employers to do more to promote flexible working, as it published its response to the Family Friendly Taskforce report. Taking forward the taskforce’s recommendations, Ministers will promote flexible working across the public sector and new Cabinet Office guidance will mean that there will be a presumption that all jobs should be…

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to give public sector workers the right to form employee owned co-operatives to take over the services they deliver. This will empower millions of public sector workers to become their own boss and help them to deliver better services. “Today we are setting out our plans to give…

Civil Servants come from more diverse backgrounds than ever before – according to new research. The new figures also show that in the very top jobs, contrary to many common perceptions, the vast majority of people went to state school – a higher number than in many other professions. Alongside the publication of today’s research,…

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has a new deputy president. The Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE, the Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, has taken up the role at the 92-year-old safety charity. He succeeds Lord Jordan of Bournville CBE, who became RoSPA’s president last year after a…

The strategic importance of the IT sector to the UK has been confirmed today, with the Government committing support for a National Skills Academy for IT. Skills Minister Kevin Brennan today approved the Business Plan to create the Skills Academy, which was developed by e-skills UK in partnership with employers including Accenture, BA, BT, Cabinet…

Should the Conservatives get into power, the age of retirement is likely to be raised to 66 “no earlier” than by 2016 for men, the shadow chancellor has claimed, which could see retention of staff being increased. George Osborne told attendees of this week’s ongoing Conservative Party Conference that the age of retirement would go…

Up to half of the UK’s workforce could be absent if a second wave of the swine flu pandemic hits the country, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has warned, which could leave businesses facing absence management problems. As a result, the CIPD and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) have advised organisations to ensure…

Ten years ago, when All Saints were on top of the charts and David Beckham wore a sarong, graduate recruitment was very different. Recruiter’s in-trays – not in-boxes – filled with paper application forms every morning. Filing cabinets overflowed with candidate papers and every autumn van loads recruitment brochures were shipped out to careers services.…

Employees in the public sector complain of suffering from stress to a greater extent than their private sector counterparts, it has been suggested. A survey compiled by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development indicated that eight out of ten public sector workers who have taken sick leave from their roles cited stress, compared to…