…in briefOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefBBC’s temping offer BBC staff are being given the opportunity to take six months paid leave andget a new job of their choice. The scheme is designed to foster fresh ideas andstaff will receive full pay during the sabbatical plus the cash they earn intheir temporary job. The BBC says the initiative is cheaper than sending staffon training courses. www.bbc.co.ukTraining needed The DTI claims the UK heads the G7 group of leading economies in high-techmanufacturing exports, but workers in the industry still need more training.Growth in GDP per head is second only to the US, and the UK has the highestlevel of venture capital investment as a percentage of GDP in the EU. www.dti.co.ukAirport talks stall Workers at Manchester airport have voted to step up industrial action bystriking at Easter unless a long-running jobs dispute is settled. Members ofthe Transport and General Workers Union decided to press ahead with a planned36-hour walkout from 21 March and to strike for four days at Easter. Talks betweenthe two sides over plans to cut security jobs have failed to settle thedispute. www.tgwu.org.ukEight-year output low Manufacturing output is at its lowest level for eight years, dashingindustry hopes of an early recovery. A drop of 0.4 per cent in manufacturingproduction in January was far worse than market analysts expected. High-techoutput fell by 6.4 per cent and the National Institute of Economic and SocialResearch estimated that GDP expanded by just 0.1 per cent in the last three months. www.niesr.ac.uk/home.htmBA Xmas bonuses British Airways staff are to get their Christmas bonuses in April – fourmonths after they were due to be paid. The bonuses, the equivalent of a week’spay, were suspended during cutbacks designed to save around £26m following 11September, but BA says it can now pay because of an improved financialposition. www.british-airways.com Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.