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    Firms to help get claimants into work

    A group of major employers have pledged to guarantee job interviews for 250,000 benefit claimants who are ready to return to work. Thirty firms have committed to the “jobs pledge”, including Centrica, Debenhams...

    Vietnam 'top for outsourcing by 2012'

    Vietnam will be the capital of outsourcing by 2012, according to a recruitment consultancy forecast. Harvey Nash has claimed that investment will move away from traditional offshore locations, such as India and China,...

    Russian resolution

    HR professionals from Russia have become graduate members of the CIPD via a popular local programme A group of 17 Russian HR professionals have celebrated becoming the first students to gain graduate membership of the...

    Flexible insights

    An open evening for those interested in finding out more about studying for the Professional Development Scheme through CIPD Flexible Learning is being held at the CIPD’s offices in Wimbledon on 5 September. Participants...

    Rise in use of psychometrics

    Annual conference, AGR, Newport Psychometric testing is a “useful” or “very useful” aid in the recruitment process according to 92 per cent of recruiters surveyed by the Association of Graduate...

    China graduates call the shots

    Annual conference, AGR, Newport Chinese graduates have a more positive attitude to work than their UK counterparts, the AGR conference heard. Graham Thompsett, HR manager at Ford Motor Company in Nanjing, told...

    What graduates are looking for

    Annual conference, AGR, Newport Values, autonomy and energy are the most important considerations for graduates when seeking jobs, author and consultant Richard Reeves (pictured) told delegates. Reeves said more...

    Quit showing smokers in a negative light

    As a smoker of 25 years and a non-smoker of six weeks, I’d like to challenge some of the assumptions about smokers made in Richard Reid’s letter (Letters, 12 July).   There are a number of myths that perpetuate about...

    The colour of justice

    The article “‘Gingerism’ claims set to rise” (News, page 12, 12 July) is typical of the genre that gives employment lawyers, such as myself, a bad name.   The article suggests five potential claims that an employee...

    Getting to the point of HR

    I think that both Mike Emmott, CIPD adviser, employee relations, and Michael Howard, chairman of Maris Interiors, have rather missed the point in their debate about the necessity of HR (PM online, HR debates • (see HR debate...