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MP’s said to have sexually harassed a third of young male workers in Westminster

A Channel Four investigation has revealed that MP’s, especially Conservative MP’s, regularly got drunk and “flirted” or made passes at young male parliamentary workers during Commons drinking sessions. One aide spoke of how he was approached to “go to the Gents” with an MP at an event for young political activists. “The MP suggested I…

An expert has called on the government and higher education institutions to reform their approach to IT education, claiming that current arrangements are largely failing to meet the needs of the industry. Richard Nott, director of specialist website CWJobs.co.uk, acknowledged that more young people are aiming for careers in technology, but insisted there remains something…

SNP hit out at Labour over council redundancies

The SNP have criticised Labour over public sector job cuts, accusing the party of offering little more than “hot air” over its promises to protect the vulnerable from the impact of local authority sackings. Following a report that a disabled worker at Glasgow City Council had been hit by compulsory redundancy, local MSP Bill Kidd…

Public sector trade union Unison has criticised government minister Eric Pickles for his attack on what he called ‘non-jobs’ in local authorities. The body’s general secretary Dave Prentis accused Mr Pickles of "perpetuating a myth" that cutting jobs would be painless and the coalition led by the Conservatives would hit communities hard. Instead Mr Prentis…

The next government must deliver the means to continue an economic recovery and boost the UK jobs market, according to the head of an employment body. Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), called for the next administration to focus on three issues – public sector reform, economic growth and protecting…

A major bus company has been fined after one of its employees died after being crushed at a bus garage in Uxbridge, Hillingdon. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Centrewest London Buses Ltd – part of the First Group based at Macmillan House, Paddington Station in Westminster – for safety failings leading up to…

The widespread adoption of next generation broadband across the UK will serve to boost many smaller businesses, though some firms may be left by the wayside, the British Computer Society (BCS) has predicted. Just last month, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) set out its plans to ensure that the country secures a…

A scheme is being piloted which will give parents access to job advisors in children’s centres to help them move into employment. The project will complement a scheme which is currently being run where parents have access to advice on tax benefits at the centres. From January 2009 the pilot, which will take place in…

Following reports that the government is planning to extend the right to request flexible working to parents of children aged up to 12, calls have been made for it to go further. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Labour administration should be "bolder" and extend the right to request to…

The UK is facing continued skills shortages, with the Labour administration’s skills agenda failing to make a significant impact, an industry body has said. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) annual learning and development survey, only 13 per cent of organisations have signed the Train to Gain Initiative, despite 44 per…

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is merging with the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) over the next few weeks, is to receive a cash boost of £724 million, it has been revealed. In an announcement made to more than 800 professionals at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health 2008 Conference, Lord McKenzie…