Tags: Public Sector

Councils should have the power to claw back taxpayers’ money paid out to cut ties with their town hall chief if they later get re-hired to another local government job. Communities Secretary John Denham welcomed the report and made clear taxpayers’ money should not be used by councils to resolve personal differences and called on…

One UK council has asked local employers to sign up to a challenge which aims to improve their well-being by encouraging them to lead active and more healthy lifestyles. This week, Reading Borough Council’s sport Reading development team will launch its 2010 Healthy Workplace Challenge Staff at businesses and organisations in the borough will be…

Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the logistics sector, has been given a further trademark licence to operate as an SSC, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced recently, on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations. Sector Skills Councils are employer-led bodies, established to enable employers to exert influence on the…

Planned amendments to the terms of redundancies of civil and public servants are set to prompt thousands of such workers to take industrial action, it has been revealed. According to the Public and Commercial Services Union, over a quarter of a million such employees are planning a 48 hour strike on March 8th and 9th…

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…