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How I’d earn passive income for £100 a month

first_img The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… Image source: Getty Images. Passive income is exactly what it sounds like. Money that comes in – without having work for it.That might sound too good to be true. But examples of passive income abound, from inheritance trusts to people who rent out their empty parking places.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Here is my plan to earn passive income by putting aside just £100 a month.Shares as passive income ideasWith £100 a month, I’d start saving regularly in a Stocks and Shares ISA. £100 a month might not sound that much. But it adds up to a four figure sum each year. That’s enough for me to start generating passive income streams.Just putting money away wouldn’t earn me passive income, though. That’s why I’d start to invest in shares. To maximise my passive income streams, I would look for high yielding shares. These are stocks where the dividend is large relative to the share price.Passive income exampleFor example, today I could buy a share of British American Tobacco for around £28.32. This year its dividend payout is 215.6p. That equates to a dividend yield of 7.6%.In other words, if I put £100 into BAT shares this month, I would expect to receive £7.60 over the coming year. I’d also receive any dividends declared in future after that. I’d still own the shares. I could sell them in future if I wanted, though might not recoup my purchase price.RisksBut things might not work out that way. For example, BAT has paid out a growing dividend since the turn of the millennium – but that is no guarantee of future dividends. Dividends are funded by cash flows. While BAT’s brands such as Lucky Strike allow it to generate meaty cash flows, smoking is declining in many markets. BAT also has a lot of debt it needs to service, eating into free cash flows.To help lower risk in my passive income plan, I’d diversify. That involves spreading my risk by investing in different shares, across a range of sectors.Identifying high yield sharesHow can I discover high yield shares?A lot of information sources publish historical share yields. But to generate passive income my interest is in what a share’s future dividends might be. Past dividends are not a reliable guide to future ones.Take GlaxoSmithKline, for example. The pharma company currently yields 5.8%. For a blue chip name that is attractive. But a little research reveals that GSK has already indicated a likely reduction in its overall dividend level when it splits into two companies soon.I try to avoid what might be a ‘value trap’. A value trap can be dangerous for unwary investors. Historical data can make it look attractive, but future prospects can be sharply different. That is why I always research my income picks, to try and identify any signs of a possible value trap. I focus on future passive income prospects, not purely historical data.Compound effect and passive incomeOver time, if I keep putting £100 each month into new passive income ideas, I will add more shares to my portfolio. But I would also hope for regular dividends.Instead of spending this income, I could combine it with my monthly £100 when buying more shares. That compound effect should help my portfolio grow over time – and the passive income will hopefully also increase. Christopher Ruane | Saturday, 15th May, 2021 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. How I’d earn passive income for £100 a month Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report nowcenter_img We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Christopher Ruane Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares christopherruane owns shares of British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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Oxfam launches international student challenge event

first_img  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam GB has announced a new international student challenge event. Ride & Seek is a sponsored four-day InterRail treasure hunt that will take teams of four to four mystery European destinations in summer 2011.From 27 June – 1 July 2011, teams from universities across the UK will race from city to city across Europe, seeking treasure, cracking cryptic clues and completing challenges in the shortest possible time, and raising funds for Oxfam.The team that collects the most points will win the grand prize and be crowned Oxfam Ride & Seek winners 2011.Oxfam is charging £580 for each person participating. This consists of an entry fee of £85 on registration, followed by a second payment of a minimum of £495. This breaks down into a mandatory £175 to cover the InterRail ticket and other costs, and a minimum fundraising pledge of £320.All places for this year’s event have already been booked.www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/fundraise/rags/rideandseek.html AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 6 May 2011 | News Oxfam launches international student challenge event About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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TCU breezes into Super Regionals with 15-3 blowout over Dallas Baptist

first_imgLinkedin printTCU used a 15-3 win over Dallas Baptist Monday to advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament against Missouri State starting Saturday, June 10. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. and the game will stream on one of the ESPN networks.The 28 hours worth of rain delays over the weekend were the only thing that gave the Frogs any trouble, as TCU (45-16) outscored Central Connecticut State, Virginia and Dallas Baptist 30-10. TCU starting pitchers went 3-0 in the regional, tossing 21.2 innings with a 1.66 ERA.After giving up a home run in the first inning, starter Brian Howard gutted his way to his 10th win of the year. The win gives Howard consecutive 10 win seasons, marking the first time a TCU pitcher has won 10 or more in back-to-back campaigns in the last 51 years.Howard allowed five of seven lead off batters to reach base in his 6.2 innings of work, but three double plays and timely pitching held the Patriots to two runs on four hits and three walks.In 11 postseason appearances, Howard is 5-0 with 57 innings pitched to the tune of a 1.74 ERA while tallying 61 strikeouts. Howard has been the winning pitcher in each of the last two regional-clinching games.“It is always fun to play regionals, and it is really a testament to my teammates for putting me in this position two years in a row,” Howard said. “We are very happy we got it done, and we are looking forward to whatever comes next.”Dallas Baptist scored all three of its runs on two home runs, its 12th and 13th of the tournament. The Patriots finish the season third in the country with 97 homers.“I’m just so respectful of their hitters and the week that they had been having,” said head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Even when we were up 9-2 early in the game, no disrespect to Brian, but a walk, an error and one swing of the bat, the way they are swinging it and the way the ballpark was playing, it could change.”Josh Watson hit his first home run of the season to lead an offensive charge that saw the Horned Frogs score 15 runs on 11 hits. Dallas Baptist pitchers surrendered 18 free bases on 13 walks, two hit batters, two wild pitches and a balk.“They did a good job, but we gave them a ton of free bases,” Dalla Baptist coach Dan Heefner said. “That makes it a lot easier on an offense, and then they capitalized as well. At one point, they had 10 runs on only four hits. A lot of that was our doing, but that’s what good hitters do. When you give them free bases, then they take advantage of it.”The home run in the third inning was Watson’s first long ball since May 28, 2016, when he hit his 11th homer of his freshman season. In his first year as a Frog, Watson hit a round-tripper every 22 at bats. In 2017, it took Watson 210 at-bats to get his first ball over the fence.Down 2-0 after a two-run shot in the top of the first off Howard, TCU scored three in the second to go ahead for good. DBU starter Gavin Fritz walked two and hit one to load the bases before Connor Wanhanen tied the game at two with a single, and Watson grounded into a double play to score another.The Frogs blew the game open in the third as a single and two more walks loaded the bases again to allow Nolan Brown to pick up his second two-run single of the regional. A fielder’s choice and a wild pitch scored two more before Watson lined the homer to right to make the score 9-2.“I got down 0-2 pretty quick,” Watson said. “Right now, my mentality is just going to the plate and battling, trying to win pitches and putting the bat on the ball. Sometimes you get lucky and square one up, so I was happy to contribute to the team.”With Howard settled in, TCU added a run in the fifth and four in the sixth. Evan Skoug’s 18th long ball of the season highlighted the sixth inning that put the Frogs ahead 14-2. With the home run, Skoug has the most round trippers by a Horned Frog since Matt Curry hit 18 in 2010. For his career, Skoug is 5th all-time at TCU with 34 homers.Evan Skoug’s seven RBI tournament ties him for fifth in TCU history. (Photo by Sam Bruton)TCU put its final run on the board in the bottom of the seventh as a lead off walk by Skoug turned into Brown’s third RBI of the game on a single.The regional win was TCU’s seventh in 10 years and sixth at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs are now 31-18 in regional play and 20-3 at home.The Frogs will play Missouri State (43-18) in the Fort Worth Super Regional next weekend with a spot in the College World Series on the line. TCU will need to take two of three from the Bears to advance to its fourth straight College World Series and fifth in eight seasons.“I’ve followed their program a lot,” Schlossnagle said about Missouri State. “Their coach has been there a very, very long time and has run a great program for a very long time. They have outstanding players and obviously a lot of power. If you go into Arkansas and win a regional, you have a good team. That’s what you get this time of year. You don’t float on a magic cloud all the way to Omaha. You have to play your way there.” Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Facebook Photo by Sam Bruton + posts Branson Nelson ReddIt Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. 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Bangladesh: RSF condemns government blocking of 35 news sites

first_img Help by sharing this information August 8, 2016 Bangladesh: RSF condemns government blocking of 35 news sites Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladesh Telecommunicaion Regulatory Commission (BTRC) website BangladeshAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet to go further Receive email alerts Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en The 35 blocked news sites include such much-visited pro-opposition sites as Sheershanewsbd.com and AmardeshOnline, which have been in the government’s sights for several years. The authorities gave no reason and did not refer the matter to the courts before taking action. “This wave of administrative blocking by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government represents a significant escalation in its policy of suppressing news reports and opinions critical of the government,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Previously, the government seemed to think any reason – national security, public order, preventing the spread of hate messages or preventing messages that could incite violence – was legitimate. But now it no longer even bothers to explain its flagrant violations of freedom of information. We demand the lifting of this blocking, which flouts basic freedoms protected by Bangladesh’s constitution and the principle of proportionality that the authorities should always respect.” Systematic suppression of online criticism The government has in recent months been stepping up its offensives against opposition journalists, bloggers and social network commentators. On the eve of today’s mass website blocking, a Dhaka court ordered that Sikdar should be tried on a charge of defaming Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, who is minister of local government and rural development and at the same time father-in-law of the prime minister’s daughter. Sikdar is now facing possible imprisonment under the ICT Act over the message he posted after the police refused to register his complaint about a threat he had received on Facebook in August 2015. In the message, he said he held Hossain and the threat’s instigators responsible for anything that might happen to him. Harassment of news websites and their journalists is not new in Bangladesh. Ekramul Haque, the editor of the Sheershanews.com site, has been persecuted for the past five years because of his investigative reporting on corruption and his criticism of the authorities. The newspaper Amar Desh is also one of the government’s favourite targets. The authorities closed its print version in 2013 but it had managed to maintain its online versions until now. List of the sites blocked by the BTRC: www.rtnews24.com, www.haquekotha.com, www.amrabnp.com, www.real-timenews.com, www.bnation24.com, www.nationnewsbd.com, www.bhoreralap.com, www.banglapost24.com, www.dailytimes24.com, www.mynewsbd.com, www.livekhobor.com, www.rikhan.com, www.sheershanewsbd.com, www.natunerdak.com, www.sylhetvoice24.com, www.somoybangla.com, www.prothom-news.com, www.banglalatestnews.com, www.bdmonitor.net, www.bdupdatenews24.net, www.newsdaily24bd.com, www.amardeshonline.com, www.doinikamardesh.com, www.onnojogot24.com, www.amarbangladesh-online.com, www.desh-bd.net, www.crimebdnews24.com, www.natunsokal.com, www.sheershakhobor.com, www.onb24.com, www.dinkalonline.net, www.sarabangla.com, www.parstoday.com, www.weeklysonarbangla.net and www.24banglanewsblog.wordpress.com Bangladesh is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to rescind the blocking of 35 news websites that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) implemented today without giving any official reason. RSF also calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Probir Sikdar, the editor of the Daily Bangla 71 newspaper and the U71news.com website, who is accused of defaming government officials on Facebook in August 2015. center_img February 22, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more News May 19, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Bangladesh Organisation News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage BangladeshAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet last_img read more

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Murder of radio journalist who investigated corruption

first_img July 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder of radio journalist who investigated corruption Help by sharing this information BrazilAmericas Reporters Without Borders is very shocked by the murder of journalist José Cândido Amorim Pinto of Rádio Comunitária Alternativa on 1 July in Carpina, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Amorim, who was also a municipal councillor, covered corruption and nepotism. News to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News Receive email alerts BrazilAmericas Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders today said it was “deeply shocked” by the 1 July murder of investigative journalist José Cândido Amorim Pinto of Rádio Comunitária Alternativa in Carpina, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.”We are every worried about the impact of this murder on investigative reporting in northeastern Brazil and we call on the local, state and federal authorities to do everything possible to find out who did it and to reaffirm the rule of law, which is an essential condition for press freedom,” the organisation said.Known as “Jota Cândido” to his listeners, Amorim was ambushed at 6:40 a.m. as he parked his car outside the radio station in Carpina (50 km from Recife). Two men shot him about 20 times before making off on a motorcycle.For the past 19 years, Amorim had produced and presented an investigative programme on Rádio Comunitária Alternativa in which he reported on corruption cases. The targets of his investigations included local mayor Mandel Botafogo and, on the eve of his murder, local parliamentary representative Antonio Moraes.Amorim was also a member of the Carpina municipal council. As such he had proposed a by-law to combat nepotism which Botafogo had opposed.He had been the target of threats for about six months and was injured when two men on a motorcycle fired on his car on 21 May.Speaking on Rádio Folha, parliamentary representative Carla Lapa accused Moraes and Botafogo of ordering Amorim’s murder.Amorim was killed the same day that a demonstration in defence of press freedom was staged by students, trade unionists and NGOs outside the headquarters of the Jornal do Commercio newspaper in Recife. Follow the news on Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out more News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Upcoming Classes at Women At Work Assist Job Seekers

first_img Coming in March, Women At Work will offer over a dozen workshops and classes to help clients find a job, improve job skills, train for new job, and manage resources while looking for a job. In the month of March, look for the following classes:• QuickBooks2• Applying Quickbooks• First Impressions Are Forever (Learn How to Dress to Win!)• The Employer Forum (One of our Most Popular Events)• Publisher• Networking Mixer• Job Searching on the Internet• Living on a Shoestring BudgetLook on line for specifics and registration by logging on the website at www.womenatwork.org call (626) 796-6870 and keep checking back! We are always looking to add more. Sliding scale for qualifying participants is available. Classes fill quickly, so make your reservations today!For more training opportunities, visit the website or visit the center to 3871 E Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm. The office is open Wednesdays until 7pm. Women At Work is working for every one! Non-Profits News Upcoming Classes at Women At Work Assist Job Seekers From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 12:04 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img More Cool Stuff 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Subscribe Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

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Limerick represented at London event next month for Irish Diaspora

first_imgNewsLimerick represented at London event next month for Irish DiasporaBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2013 599 Councillor Patrick C. Fitzgerald, who is a member of Limerick County Councils’ Social and Community SPC, will attend the Irish Post Business Gala Dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 31.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The dinner is the culmination of a series of business events showcasing the success and contribution of Irish business leaders and companies in Britain across industries such as construction, manufacturing, tourism, legal and finance.In attendance will be almost 150 Irish business people who have committed to be part of economic development in Ireland.Councillor Fitzgerald said he was honoured to have been invited to attend next month’s event. “Events such as these are important for a number of reasons.  They not only remind us of the solid connections that exist between County Limerick and its Diaspora, but they also serve to strengthen the sense of community spirit that exists among Limerick people in Britain”, he said.“I will use the event as an opportunity to inform members of the Irish community who have established successful businesses in Britain that Limerick is an attractive investment location”, he said.Commenting on The Irish Post newspaper’s sponsorship of the event, Cllr. Fitzgerald said:“The Irish Post has been the newspaper of choice for the Irish Diaspora in Britain over many years. It showcases the wealth of activity on-going within the Irish community there. I am delighted to learn that the newspaper has recently invested in the Irish Voice and Irish America magazine in a move that will secure its future and the level of media coverage provided for Irish people living abroad.” WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleBack to Bruree for The Gathering 2013Next articleCelebrating the Haydn links with Esterhazy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisementcenter_img Print Email Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

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Council discussing budget controversey

first_imgNewsx Adverts Facebook Pinterest Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook By News Highland – January 18, 2010 Google+ Donegal County Council is meeting this morning to discuss the manner in which ther 2010 budget was decided, and the process leading up to December’s budget meeting.What happened at meeting is well documented. While Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and the independents were meeting to thrash out proposals to reduce the comercical rate by 8.5%, Fianna Fail councillors adopted the budget in the chamber with a proposed 3% cut.Today Fianna Fail is expected to justify that – a cross party corparate policy group was formed early last year, Fianna Fail will claim that this group agreed unamisouly to proposals that led to the draft budget.The party claims that it is giving a factual and honest account in stating that Sinn Fein, Fine Gael, and the independents agreed only in December on measures that would see a 3% cut in commercial rates and that council officals will be available to confirm that. Previous articleDonegal’s senators paid almost €123,000 in expensesNext articleConfidence vote in mayor not on table following legal advice News Highland Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Council discussing budget controversey Twitterlast_img read more

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This week’s news in brief: partnership claims

first_imgThis week’s news in brief: partnership claimsOn 25 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Major injuries at work could be cut by 20,000 each year if more firms adopted a partnership approach with unions. Addressing a TUC conference in central London on health and safety at work last week, TUC general secretary John Monks said the approach could also cut working days lost to industrial injuries by 300,000.IIP cost to firmsMost employers believe achieving Investors in People status failed to increase profits significantly. Research by employment analysis firm IRS involving 79 organisations also put the average cost of gaining recognition at £13,259. Personnel power HR is gaining credibility along with a new sense of purpose and strength, a study has revealed. A survey by HR software company Rebus, based on 28 companies, found that senior executives increasingly regard HR as essential to delivering customer satisfaction and profitability through the skills and attitudes of staff. Tel: 01733 397832E-business thrivingTwo-thirds of recruitment agencies see the Internet as an opportunity for their business, with more than half already registering candidates via the Web. The survey, carried out for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, questioned 273 recruitment firms.www.rec.uk.com Duty to flexibility Making a success of work-life balance means more than just producing a policy, a conference has heard. Sarah Churchman, diversity leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told the Industrial Society’s Work-Life Balance event that top-level commitment and dialogue with staff about their needs are essential to a successful policy.IT failure costs time Organisations that do not realistically assess their IT staff’s requirements will increasingly experience costly delays. Research by IT company Softlab found 38 per cent of private-sector companies and 69 per cent of public-sector organisations routinely face delays of half a day or more when problems arise. The report predicts delays will become lengthier as more areas of business come to rely on IT.Engineering pay riseSalaries for some engineers have risen dramatically because of skills shortages. So-called “practically-oriented engineers” – those who have the professional Incorporated Engineer qualification – have seen salaries jump 11 per cent over the past 12 months. But the Engineering Council’s annual salary survey also shows the average salary for chartered engineers has remained almost static. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Monitoring draft leaves no room for optimism

first_imgMonitoring draft leaves no room for optimismOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The Data Protection Act is fast becoming the biggest thorn in the side of HRprofessionals, and the Information Commission’s ham-fisted approach tointroducing guidance is largely to blame. The commission has excelled itselfyet again in making the final draft of its guidance on employee monitoring evenmore unfriendly to employers than the first version. The commission is givingemployers’ groups, including the CBI and the CIPD, a last chance today to undosome of the damage, but past experience gives no grounds for optimism. The latest draft informs organisations that they must involve the policebefore undertaking any covert monitoring of staff, and advises employers toinform staff every time they intend to monitor them. The problem with this is if you tip off would-be pornographers and betrayersof confidential company information that you’re about to monitor them, it islikely to make the monitoring pointless. And is it really necessary under theAct to inform staff they could be monitored before every work session, insteadof enshrining it in policy and informing all recruits of the fact on induction?This is leaving aside concerns that it is not at all clear exactly how often HRdepartments are supposed to remind staff. Should it be every day? Of course the privacy of individuals needs to be protected in thisinformation age. But the simple fact is that employers’ business systems arethe property of the company. It is perfectly reasonable that employers monitorthe use of these systems to protect staff, customers and the business. Theproposed guidance makes it unnecessarily difficult to do this. Worst of all, we shall once again have to wait for legal precedent toclarify the scope of employment regulations. The Government’s manifesto promiseof a light touch on employment legislation is already looking very hollow. By Noel O’Reilly Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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