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    Supermarket sweep

    Nearly 26,000 Asda workers will receive a total of 11 million shares, worth around £23 million. They were given the free share options when the Asda colleague share ownership plan (CSOP) was set up. Asda estimates that, by...

    Best behaviour

    There is more than one lesson to be learnt from the difficulties encountered by SHL in the US psychometric test market (News & analysis, 25 June). Reports have chosen to focus on shortcomings in the company’s strategy...

    Online risks ignored

    “E-business is growing at such a rate that policy and correct practice have been left standing,” said Steve Webb of network security specialist Integralis. But law firm Theodore Goddard has argued that the root of the problem...

    Pepa’s assault on EU fund rules (in brief)

    Employers have launched a new association to press for the right to set up pan-European pension funds. The Pan-European Pension Association (Pepa) was formed when 50 organisations met in London to discuss taking a test case...

    Firms slow to see benefits of recruitment technology

    The skills of qualified and experienced HR staff are being misapplied by companies that still process job applications manually, delegates were told at this year’s Computers in Personnel conference. Job re-engineering has...

    Fraught process

    Every year, thousands of senior managers are put through an individual assessment process. This generally involves them in taking a range of cognitive ability tests and personality questionnaires, as well as an interview...

    Define providence

    Two years into his career as an engineer with a national construction company based in Oldham, Michael Riley, 23, is busy working and enjoying himself. But he is thinking ahead and has taken out a personal pension plan, paying...

    SDMS V Appraisal Manager 3.0 for Windows

    Developer SDMS Price from £1,500 Requirements Windows 3.11, 95 or NT Contact 01952 200911 or visit the web site at www.sdms.demon.co.uk Described by its developers as an appraisal management, administration and reporting...

    Polygram offers £24m to stem exodus of key staff

    Music company Polygram is offering a total of $40 million (£24 million) in bonuses in a bid to retain staff following the announcement that it is to merge with a rival. A number of employees at Polygram and its subsidiaries...

    Redundant terms

    I initially thought that your recent feature on outplacement, “The upper hand” (28 May), was an excellent case study. But that was until I noticed the repeated statement that “what really matters is what happens to all those...