Archives for July 19th, 2006

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK SURVEY – PUBLIC SECTOR

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 July, 2006

The Employment Outlook Survey from Manpower, a leading employment services company, shows that employers in the public sector expect to hire more people this summer than their private sector counterparts. The survey reveals that 22 per cent of public sector employers will increase their headcount in the next quarter and just five per cent expect to make cut-backs; compared to 17 per cent and six per cent respectively of those in the private sector. These latest results for the public sector show an uplift from the previous quarter when 16 per cent of employers took on more staff and seven per cent reduced numbers.The survey indicates that budgetary constraints of the last financial year have eased slightly and public sector employers are now more positive about their hiring plans. Growth is not uniform, but there is a demand for staff at central government level as well as from a number of local authorities.

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NEW CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PACK FOR COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 July, 2006

The Government has supported the launch of a climate change action pack for local authorities as part of its commitment to tackle the issue. The new pack will help councils address climate change in the way they manage their resources as well as in their role in leading the community.The pack has been created as part of the Nottingham Declaration, the public commitment by local authorities to recognise the impact of climate change and to take action to deal with it. The Declaration includes commitments to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide through better energy sourcing and changes in transport and waste production and disposal. The pack will be available to those councils that have already signed the declaration and will be given to other authorities as they join the campaign.

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SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS REGIONAL CONCERNS OVER ‘DIGITAL DIVIDE’ IN NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 July, 2006

Almost one person in three believes they are unable to access the benefits of electronic NHS services because of where they live. The first part of a national study published by ntl:Telewest Business shows the fact that digital services are available at some GP practices but not at others is creating concern among patients that some areas are reaping the benefits of NHS e-services faster than others.According to the research 16 per cent of people who took part in the study have access to one or more digital service such as electronic booking of appointments, electronic reminders or prescriptions. They live in technically advanced areas and are ahead of more than 80 per cent of people who have no access to digital services. Almost a third of those without access to the services said they felt negatively about the fact that some areas had access to services that had not yet been made available in their postcode area.

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