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    Demand slows for personnel skills (in brief)

    The growth in advertised personnel jobs appears to be slowing, mirroring the UK’s wider recruitment picture, writes Simon Howard. Although the number of personnel job adverts in the third quarter of 1998 was 5.2 per cent...

    Firefighters win compensation (in brief)

    The Fire Brigades Union had threatened to take industrial action over the move by the Local Government Management Board to reduce the amount of benefit to bring it into line with the scheme for police officers.

    Employees’ safety at risk (in brief)

    The trust claimed that too many firms wait for an injury or accident to happen before acting and said that the majority of employees have encountered aggression – either verbal or physical – while at work. The charity for...

    People: Plus+

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    Macho culture blamed for rise in workplace bullying

    Figures released last week by the TUC have provided shocking evidence of high levels of workplace bullying, but may only scratch the surface of what is a complex problem for both employees and HR professionals. John Cridland...

    Stretch yourself

    Why is continuing professional development (CPD) so difficult? What stops people from engaging in the process? I can only answer this from my own personal experience. I have a passion for learning but it is difficult to keep...

    One step ahead

    As an undergraduate on a placement with an HR consultancy, I read your news story “Employers unimpressed by graduates’ lofty ambitions” (3 September) with interest. Judging by Murtaza Rajabali’s comments, it appears that...

    XXEN Self-Managed Appraisal

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    Marketing pays off

    The poll, of more than 6,000 people, found that marketers are now paid an average of £26,610 a year – around £1,200 more than those working in accounting, personnel and computing.

    First woman chief cashier

    Lowther's appointment means that her signature will appear on billions of pounds-worth of bank notes, as well as being responsible for 470 staff. Aged 44, she joined the bank as an economic analyst when she was 21. As...