Archives for July 15th, 2002

SURVEY OF LOCAL AUTHORITY ICT STAFF SALARIES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 15 July, 2002

The 2002 survey by the Society of IT Managment reveals that ICT staff in local government are paid well below the levels in the rest of the industry. Salary increases for private sector ICT staff over the last year once again rose ahead of those paid by local authorities and there are no signs of the situation improving. Unlike other disciplines where councils compete against each other for staff, here they compete directly with the private sector. Because of this staff turnover is rising and increasing problems are predicted in recruiting and retaining high quality staff. The survey results suggest that local authorities are increasing their efforts to compensate for differentials in salaries through fringe benefits. These include 92% of councils offering flexible working hours, 25% planning to increase opportunities for homeworking, 85% offering job sharing and 71% developing structured training & development plans.The 2002 Survey of ICT Salaries in Local Authorities Published by SOCTIM..

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MERGER FOR BEST VALUE

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 July, 2002

A new National Archives body is to be created through the merger of the Public Record Office (PRO) and the Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC).From 1 April 2003 the combined organisations will be called the National Archives. The new body, which will report to the Lord Chancellor, will offer a service which will be better equipped to meet the needs of current and future users.

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COMPREHENSIVE SPENDING REVIEW

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 July, 2002

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed that education and health will be top of the list for government spending in the Comprehensive Spending Review today (Monday 15 July).The spending review will put detail on how the big figures of the budget will be allocated and how they will deliver on promises to build ‘world class public services.’

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