This week’s news in brief2000 graduate gains Average graduate starting salaries are expected to rise by 4.1 per cent to£19,000, according to figures released yesterday by the Association of GraduateRecruiters. The study reveals thatpublic sector graduate trainees will earn an average salary of £19,500 and onein 10 organisations plan to offer graduates more than £26,000. www.agr.org.ukPay benchmark site The average salary for managers and administrators in the South East is£38,375 for men working 39 hours a week and £27,321 for women working 38 hoursa week, according to the IDS pay benchmark service. HR directors can check paydata drawn from 300 employers on 200 shopfloor and office jobs, fromaccountants to word processor operators, on the web site launched last week. www.IDSPayBenchmark.co.ukNew-style balloting Industrial balloting is now part of the employment negotiations process, aTUC report has claimed. The TradeUnions Trends Survey shows that although there were more ballots in the year toMay 2001 than in the previous year, industrial action followed in only justover half of these cases. www.tuc.org.ukIT lacks HR planning Companies in the IT sector are exposing themselves to serious business risksdue to their lack of adequate HR planning, a report claims. The study byDeloitte and Touche finds that the absence of defined processes, procedures anddocumentation and a lack of consistency within global strategies in peoplemanagement have led to a third of the companies surveyed experiencing staffingproblems in the past five years. www.deloitte.co.uk Sectors vie for talent Insurers are struggling to compete with banks and asset managers inattracting the most talented staff. Andersen’s report The Hidden Power ofEurope’s Insurance Giants suggests that the insurance sector’s poor image ismaking it difficult to recruit new staff and retain talent. www.andersen.com Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.