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first_img Previous Article Next Article Net help for Railtrack Railtrack is using Internet technology to help improve track safety with anew pilot scheme. Service provider Netengines has provided the technology tohelp manage and monitor the accreditation and deployment of track workers. Thetechnology will enable Railtrack to ensure that all staff conducting essentialtrack-side services have the required safety and competency qualifications.Railtrack employs thousands of people, many are subsidiary contractors, and thenew system will give managers information on accreditation, working hours anddeployment.  www.netengines.comWork-life advice Increased demand for the Work-Life Balance Standard from employers has meanttraining for consultants and advisers will now be delivered exclusively by HRconsultants Penna Change. The standard was developed and launched by theWork-Life Balance Consultancy in October last year and complements theInvestors in People Standard. WLBC and Penna are just two of the 24organisations approved by the Government to help employers who have receivedgrants from its challenge fund set up to promote work-life polices. CBI calls for rethink The CBI has said that yesterday’s increase in the minimum wage will bedifficult for small firms to absorb. The minimum wage increased from £3.70 to £4.10 an hour and the rate forthose aged 18 to 21 and those who work as part of an accredited training schemehas risen from £3.20 to £3.50. A spokesman for the TUC welcomed the increase but called for workers aged between18 and 21 to get the adult rate. Pay gap anomaly Women are promoted more often than men but receive smaller pay increaseswhen it happens, claims research by the Economic and Social Research Council.On average a man being promoted will receive a wage rise of 4.7 per cent,compared to only 1.3 per cent for women. The report suggests that men getbigger salary hikes than women as employers are more likely to match theirwages to outside job offers. This week’s news in briefA million take up ILAs New research from the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) revealsthat Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) have been taken up by over a millionadults and are being successfully used to attract new learners. However, thestudy also shows that the majority of take-up is by people already involved inthe learning framework who are receptive to training. ILAs are still notreaching disadvantaged learners and the LSDA recommends a more strategic andproactive approach to ILAs.  www.LSagency.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.center_img Comments are closed. …in briefOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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