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). 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

Government set to receive advice on lifejacket rules

first_imgStuff 21 January 2015Pressure is mounting on the Government to make lifejackets compulsory for recreational boaties after another drowning.Police yesterday named Thomas Angove, 60, as the Waikawa Beach man who drowned on Saturday after a small vessel he and his 22-year-old boating partner were in flipped about 100 metres off Otaki Beach.Angove did not appear to have been wearing a lifejacket. The younger man, who was, survived.LIFEJACKET RULES VARY NATIONWIDEA chief criticism of lifejacket rules from water-safety lobby groups has been that there is not one rule for all.Recreational boaties are legally required to carry enough approved lifejackets for everyone on board.But local councils set their own bylaws, meaning rules setting who decides when boaties have to wear a lifejacket on pleasure craft – those measuring less than 6 metres – vary throughout the country.The rules have been toughened in some parts, but councils have stopped short of enforcing mandatory lifejackets, because of public opposition.The Greater Wellington Regional Council, which covers the region from the capital’s south coast to Otaki, has a 2009 bylaw requiring pleasure craft users to wear a lifejacket unless the skipper judges the conditions are not “risky” and specifically says they don’t have to wear one.As part of Auckland Council’s Navigation Safety Bylaw which came into force at Labour Weekend last year, skippers of boats under 6m long are responsible for ensuring everyone on board wears a life vest. It is a requirement that passengers wear them unless the skipper determines the conditions are suitable for them to be taken off.Police can prosecute skippers under the Maritime Transport Act in serious boating incidents. read more

Nordyke paces Dodge City Prelude

first_imgDuane Wahrman added his second IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win of the season by racing to the checkered flag in the 15-lap main event. DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 15) – Monty Nordyke scored his first Dodge City Raceway Park win in the Prelude to the IMCA SportMod Mayhem while Dakota Sproul continued his recent run of IMCA Modified supremacy by racing to his third consecutive DCRP triumph Saturday night. Monty Nordyke paced Dodge City Raceway Park’s Saturday night Prelude to the IMCA SportMod Mayhem. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) A runner-up finisher on three occasions already this season, Chris Oliver broke into victory lane for the first time of the DCRP season by topping the 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.  In the 20-lap IMCA Modified main event, Sproul rallied from the ninth starting position to take the lead away from Nick Link on the eighth lap en route to a straightaway triumph over Clay Sellard, who worked past Link in the closing rounds for runner-up honors. In the 20-lap Prelude to next weekend’s SportMod Mayhem, Nordyke capitalized on Luke Stallbaumer’s mechanical woes and then held off son Brendyn over the closing rounds for his first DCRP score. With Monty Nordyke taking command, Brendyn Nordyke tried to steal his thunder only to fall two car-lengths short at the stripe with Baker, Mike Lunow and Rogers rounding out the top five. By Lonnie Wheatley Nordyke became the race’s fourth different leader when he battled past Bart Baker on a lap 14 restart that followed a caution for Stallbaumer’s disabled mount on the backstretch. After Dan Rogers led the opening round, Stallbaumer had battled past Baker for the point on the eighth cir­cuit only to suffer race-ending driveline issues seven laps shy of the checkered flag. last_img read more

Baines: Stones will be a top player

first_img Once the European Under-21 Championship is over, Stones is sure to be promoted to the seniors again – provided he continues to put in the kind of display he did on his 24th outing for Everton this season. “He is going to continue to grow and develop as a player and he is going to be a top player for Everton and England,” said Baines, who has 30 England caps. “He has got a huge future ahead of him at international level because not only is he a top-class defender but because of his composure as well. You need a bit of that at international level. “You need to be able to play and when you look at the young centre-halves around the country, John is the best in that respect.” Leighton Baines has no doubt Everton youngster John Stones will become a star for club and country in the next few years. Stones scored his first Everton goal on Sunday in the impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United. From the way Stones shrugged off Antonio Valencia and expertly glanced Baines’ corner past David de Gea, he looked like a seasoned professional of 15 years. Press Association But this is just the 20-year-old’s second full season at the club. The centre-back was plucked from hometown club Barnsley two-and-a-half years ago by David Moyes. The Scot would have been forgiven for cheering with joy as his final signing for Everton played a big role in the hammering of the club that sacked him after just 10 months in charge. Not only did Stones score Everton’s second, he also kept United’s stellar cast of attacking talent at bay, and Baines was keen to praise the imposing centre-back after the final whistle. “His composure for a lad of his age is unbelievable,” the Everton left-back told Press Association Sport. “He is a down-to-earth kid that he just wants to play football, work hard, he doesn’t get involved in anything else and when you are around people like that you just want to see them be successful – and that is the road that John is on at the moment.” After being named on the standby list for the World Cup, Stones started his first England match in September against Norway. The centre-half began a crucial qualifier in Switzerland the following week but he has not played for the senior team since. Injury kept him out of the matches against San Marino and Estonia in October and the player has since dropped down to the Under-21 squad. last_img read more