…in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This week’s news in briefCall for improved pay Local government employees believe better management and an end to pay cutsand deteriorating conditions will lead to improved services, according to aUnison report. Almost three-quarters of the 4,500 people taking part in thesurvey believe workloads have increased in the past year and over a thirdreport cuts in staff numbers. “Staff working for local councils are doinga good job, and want to do even better. But cutting their pay and conditions isnot the answer,” said Malcolm Wing, Unison’s head of local government.  www.unison.org.ukBenefits boost morale More than 70 per cent of staff think benefits and incentives are importantto job satisfaction, according to research by online retailer peoplevalue.net.The survey of 100 HR professionals found that this figure rose to 80 per centfor employees under the age of 34. But the research revealed that youngeremployees are often discriminated against in terms of benefits, with more thanthree-quarters of firms providing full benefits to senior level staff only.  www.peoplevalue.netMencap finds job gap Nearly 90 per cent of people believe those with learning disabilities areemployable, research by Mencap has found. The survey of more than 1,000 adultsshowed that 87 per cent thought people with learning disabilities should beable to work. But the charity said only 7 per cent of people with learningdisabilities actually have jobs. Richard Kramer, Mencap’s head ofcommunications, said, “There is still a long way to go before people withlearning disabilities are fully included in our society. But at least peopleare beginning to realise that they can hold down jobs, benefit from educationand live independently.”   www.mencap.org.ukSecurity is still vital Job security is still seen as the most important factor in an employmentpackage, according 83 per cent of respondents to the annual Eden BrownEmployment Attitudes Survey. A total of 82 per cent think likeable colleaguesare important, 80 per cent chose money, 76 per cent equal opportunities and 75per cent comfortable conditions. Just over one in five workers say they havefaced discrimination at work – 35 per cent on grounds of age, 23 per centgender and 11 per cent race.  www.edenbrown.co.uk Comments are closed. …in briefOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more