Archives for September 30th, 1998

AN AWAY MATCH – FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 September, 1998

Lee G, Baker A, Beard DPeople Management, (UK), 14 May 98 (4/10)

Start page: 52 No of pages: 4

Describes the recently revamped system used by the UK government department, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to recruit staff, showing how the introduction of competency-based selection and a different, less traditional approach to recruitment advertising had the effect of reducing the number of women applying and being selected for the jobs. Examines why this happened, presenting the results of a survey of men and women which showed them the adverts and asked them to give their reactions to the adverts and to rank the competences needed for the jobs. Explains the changes made to the advertisements to make them more attractive to women and to give a more accurate impressions of the skills needed by applicants.

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MARKET CHALLENGE HITS CORPORATE SUPPORT STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 September, 1998

Policy makers and communicators in local government are being challenged to demonstrate the value for money they provide to the public.Market-testing is routine for direct public services such as the emptying of dustbins and street maintenance, but with the Government’s drive for all of the sector to demonstrate ‘best value’, no service, however remote from day-to-day contact with the public, is free from examination.

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DON’T SHOW ZERO IMAGINATION – SAYS PM

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 September, 1998

The Prime Minister says car crime could be cut by thirty percent through partnership working between Government, car manufacturers and the police.Tony Blair told the Labour Party Conference it was one of the boldest partnerships in fighting crime seen from a Labour government.

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