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    School of thought

    Upon commencing employment, a large proportion of our staff do not possess basic life skills, such as being able to communicate effectively, read and write. This is particularly strong among school leavers, who are able to...

    Commissioners sought for skills body

    The body, a recommendation of the Leitch review, replaces the Sector Skills Development Agency and the National Employment Panel and is expected to be operational by next April. It is looking to appoint four national...

    Simple approach can often be the best one

    Today’s HR function gets called upon to be involved in increasingly modern and complex solutions. Our internal customers demand that we deliver multi-stage recruitment processes, integrated learning programmes and motivational...

    Relocation costs hit £2 billion

    Companies are spending a massive £2 billion each year relocating staff around the globe, according to a survey of HR professionals. Each year 80,000 employees are relocated to and from the UK, with an average expenditure...

    A slumbering giant?

    Almost half the UK workforce feel they don’t get enough sleep, according to thinktank Demos. And 55 per cent of senior executiv es told Capgemini that their sleep was affected by work pressures. Yet HR professionals do...

    Businesses rally in the face of flooding

    As the clean-up operation following last month’s floods in the Midlands and the west of England begins, HR professionals have told PM how they dealt with the crisis. Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire...

    Agenda for change 'costly and rushed'

    Agenda for Change, the biggest ever NHS pay reform, was rushed and cost far more than expected, according to the first independent report on its impact. Realising the Benefits? Assessing the Implementation of Agenda for Change...

    Susan Kaer

    When I left school I drifted through a few admin jobs and did some part-time study. I had studied modern languages for a year at Oxford Polytechnic but wasn’t sure where this would take me.   In 1984 I joined West Yorkshire...

    Alan Walters, Angela Bentley, Neil Hayward, Ann Pickering and Martin Temple

    Alan Walters is the new HR director of Unilever UK, replacing Gary Crouch, who is retiring. Walters joined Unilever in 2000 as HR director for the home and personal care R&D division. He will work on Unilever UK’s restructuring...

    Why the EU is busy doing nothing

    Why is it that “doing nothing” is anathema in this world of constant change? Wouldn’t it be great to answer the question “what are you working on today?”, with the simple response “nothing”. “My desk has nothing on it. The...