Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Job News; JUST THE JOB

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Job News; JUST THE JOB

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Byline: DERYA FILIZ

So, what's your excuse?

Have you heard about the employee who couldn't get into work because he got his fingers stuck inside the video recorder while trying to set it to record the big match? That was the winning excuse given by Adrian Mills of Northamptonshire in a competition sponsored by Action First Recruitment Consultants. With a staggering 176 million working days lost in 2002 due to absenteeism [CIB Absence Report] employees have to think of more imaginative justifications. Other excuses entered in the competition include, "I trod in a frying pan and burned my foot," and "I was too stoned to work". To read more visit www.actionfirstplc.com.

Pay disparity continues

WOMEN are still being paid half of what men earn according to a new Government report. The results of a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) survey shows the weekly average income for women in 2000-2001 was pound sterling133 compared to pound sterling271 for men. The figures show an improvement from five years ago when women's average weekly income was 46 per cent of men's; it is now 49 per cent. Pay equality was closest for single, childless women below the age of 40. They earned an average of pound sterling264 a week, 15 per cent below that of a single man.

Wage rises falling

PAY awards have fallen back to 2.8 per cent in the three months up to and including June 2002, reveals independent analyst Industrial Relations Services (IRS).

The pay and benefits bulletin shows settlements dropped to 2.5 per cent before Christmas, later rose to 3 per cent (driven up by above-average increases in April for teachers, nurses and others in the public sector) and have now fallen back again.

Half of all awards over the past three months fell between 2.2 per cent and 3.1 per cent, which means two thirds of settlements this year are lower than they were last year. …

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