Firms neglect low-paid staff

first_imgProductivity in the UK is suffering because employers focus their resourceson developing high-earning skilled staff at the expense of low-incomeemployees. So concludes the HR Trends and Prospects 2003 report from the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which finds lower skilledworkers receive less training, and feature less in recruitment and rewardstrategies. They are also less likely to return to work when they becomeparents, owing to prohibitive childcare costs. The study, based on recent research by the CIPD, finds many UK workers donot believe their employers or senior executives have their interests at heart.Only one in three workers report they trust senior management “a lot”to look after their best interests. The CIPD’s chief economist John Philpott warned employers they risk damagingtheir productivity if they neglect their low-skilled workers. “It is easy to see why organisations devote so much attention towardsrecruiting and retaining the best staff, given the pressures of an increasinglycompet- itive marketplace,” he said. “But they do so at the expenseof improving performance and productivity at all levels.” Philpott said employers that place a greater emphasis on developing staff atall levels also find it easier to fill skills shortages by promoting fromwithin. The report shows firms are becoming more innovative in recruiting andretaining staff. Training and development is the most popular measure used toretain top performers (66 per cent), followed by promoting a good image (47 percent) and increased pay (44 per cent). www.cipd.org.uk Firms neglect low-paid staffOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more