Archives for April 19th, 1999

PROBATION SERVICE SHAKE UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 1999

Following extensive discussion on the consultation paper “Joining Forces to Protect the Public”, the probation service will be re-shaped to harmonise with the modernisation of the Criminal Justice system. The Service will be totally funded by central government and it will be headed by a Director directly accountable to the Home Secretary.

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WHITEHALL SLOW TO JOIN UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 1999

A consultation paper on housing issued by the Department for Environment Transport and the Regions makes no mention of proposals published by the Department of Social Security. This is despite the coverage of supported and sheltered housing in the DSS document Supporting People.

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JOB VALUES IN TODAY’S WORKFORCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 April, 1999

Karl K A, Sutton C L
Public Personnel Management, (USA), Winter 1998 Vol 27 No 4
Start page: 515. No of pages: 12

Investigates if there has been any change in the aspects of their jobs that US workers value (e.g. high wages, job security, interesting work, etc.), generating a number of hypotheses: that workers will rank wages and job security more highly nowadays than they did in the 1970s and 1980s; that private sector workers will rank wages as more important than workers in the public sector; and that workers in the private and public sectors will rank job security equally. Tests these out in a survey of full-time US employees, working in a wide range of jobs, and finds evidence that bears the hypotheses out. Notes, in particular, the finding that workers value wages and job security over interesting work, unlike workers in the 1970s and 1980s who rated interesting work as the most important factor in their work. Considers the implications of this research for reward and remuneration policies.

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