Tags: Public Sector

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…

Defined benefit pensions in the public sector are worth more as a share of the total remuneration package than they are in the private sector. Research by Professor Richard Disney, Carl Emmerson and Gemma Tetlow, published in the latest Economic Journal, reveals the key drivers of this public sector pension advantage: longer job tenures; the…

With 30% spending cuts across the Public Sector, major change programmes will go way beyond 2010, with speakers at Symposium Events’ HR in the Public Sector Forum predicting that change and restructuring in the Public Sector will take much longer than a year. More than 60 delegates at the fourth annual ‘HR in the Public…

One UK local authority is considering scrapping an unusual employee benefits scheme, which sees staff rewarded the equivalent of almost three days pay for the time they spend waiting for a lift. Rochdale council allows employees working on the tenth or 11th floors of the head office building to claim a five-minute ‘lift allowance’, which…

A number of famous faces have got behind a new recruitment campaign to attract people to join the social work profession, it is reported. Actress and fashion designer Sadie Frost, former EastEnders star Michelle Ryan, actresses Samantha Morton and Emilia Fox, Skins star Nicholas Holt, Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page and rapper Goldie will feature…

A teacher suffering from bowel cancer is suing her former place of work, after claiming that she was sacked via email, in news that could interest HR departments keen to avoid a similar employment tribunal. Melinda Bodnar, 27, said that she had been given only a 30 per cent chance of survival after first being…

The East Cheshire NHS Trust has agreed to boost its security measures after being found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act, in news which may interest HR staff keen to focus on training in such areas. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) discovered the breach after pages from an Accident and Emergency register…

Employees within the UK’s public sector are concerned about the possibility of redundancies, along with how they will cope in retirement, new research has found. The study by Hymans Robertson revealed that 54 per cent of such workers believe that their counterparts in the private sector have the same working and retirement benefits, or better,…

Figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act show that last year, police officers took 225,000 days off work because of stress, a newspaper has reported. The findings for England and Wales, revealed by the Daily Mail, showed that this is equivalent to 600 staff a day calling in sick with stress-related depression or anxiety,…

The gap between public and private sector employee absence has widened, new research has found. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Absence Management Survey, the gap has increased from 2.6 days per employee a year to 3.3 days. Public sector absence remains high and averages at 9.7 days a year –…

The Welsh Assembly has this week unveiled its plans to ensure a healthy workforce in the country in order to overcome the high costs of employee absenteeism by introducing a national occupational health scheme. It is claimed that work-related ill health costs the Welsh economy around £500 million every year and that occupational health services…

At their recent annual conference in Liverpool, there was much debate among NHS Confederation delegates as to how to address forecast budget cuts from 2011. Recruitment specialists, Search Consultancy, which has just been awarded to the DH and NHS Purchasing & Supply Agency (NHS PASA) Commercial Resources Framework, insists that in a new era of…

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is the first NHS Scotland Health Board to introduce online equality and diversity training for staff. NSS have worked with training provider, Marshall ACM to enable all 3,600 staff to learn about the six strands of equality and diversity. Marshall ACM has developed the one hour training course as part…

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has called for a common sense approach to be taken towards health and safety in schools. The comments come after a survey by Teachers TV revealed that at one school, pupils had been asked to wear goggles before handling Blu Tack. And while there have been bans on snowball…