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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today This week’s lettersEmployers should give the older workforce a chance I have a 30-year HR career building businesses in the finance, IT andtelecoms sectors in the UK, continental European and Asian markets. My role wasmade redundant and I hit 50 at around the same time. For the first time, I actively sought a job and aimed for a ‘head of HR’role in a medium-sized business, or a director in a larger organisation. Armed with guidance and advice from an outplacement firm, I built mymarketing plan, networked and attacked the market for both interim andpermanent roles. I was particularly unprepared for one specific response to my enquiries – Iwas too old. I had naively concluded my age wouldn’t be a problem. After all,successful businesses look for talent irrespective of race, sexual orientation,religious conviction, age etc. Don’t they? I guess there are genuine underlying reasons for this discrimination. Imight have to leave the company bash to catch the last train home. Then again,I might also manage to get some sleep over a weekend, and be slightly lessirritable than my younger colleagues most Mondays, which surely illustrates alack of team spirit. I might even have the occasional opinion that maychallenge a perceived wisdom. That would get me labelled as ‘set in my ways’,and veering towards inflexibility. Because I was ‘elderly’, I would be totally unaware of (and to be honest,uninterested in) swiftly forming and dissolving relationships and sexualtensions within the department, and there my judgement would almost surely beimpeded. As for my powers of concentrationÉ well, I’m not sure I can recallwhere I was going with that last point! Based on this analysis, maybe there is legitimate reason for practising agediscrimination while recruiting. I have to admit, there has been great sensitivity employed when drawing theproblem of my age to my attention. Here are a few of the more ‘creative’explanations as to why my applications didn’t succeed: – ‘The client was looking for someone at an earlier stage of their career’ – ‘The client was looking for someone who was more mouldable’ – ‘The client was looking for an up and comer, not someone who was alreadythere’ – ‘Most organisations would tend to recruit newer talent’ – ‘There isn’t enough clear space between your profile and the boss’s’ – ‘We have decided to go for someone who has longer-term possibilities’(good grief! Better take a closer look at the last medical report). Poetic, but frustrating. Based on my experiences, anti-ageism legislationcan’t come soon enough. Ian Clabby Details supplied Youth is not the only key to a skills crisis In his column, John Connolly highlighted the contraction of the EU’sworking-age population – a reduction of 40 million people in the next 50 years(Professional agenda, 4 May). But his assumption that the only solution to ourshrinking workforce is to invest increasingly more in younger people isshort-sighted. We need to extend working age and better utilise the workforces we alreadyhave. There is a pool of older, talented and experienced people who continue tobe excluded from the labour market. More than a million people aged 50-64 wouldwork if they could, and many over 65 would perhaps like the opportunity tocontinue working. Of course, there must be investment in the education and training of young people,but Connolly fails to acknowledge that the traditional employment model of ajob for life and retiring to make way for fresh blood is well past its sell-bydate. Employers and the Government must ensure that the whole workforce has theskills needed for work, whatever their age. Sam Mercer Director, The Employers Forum on Age Flexible work is not just a parental issue The article ‘Childcare? What Childcare?’ (25 May) rightly identifies abarrier to retaining and attracting good staff who might otherwise fall intothe ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of parenthood. But childcare isn’t just about crècheprovision or nursery vouchers. Certainly, at pre-school stage, parents want to maximise their time withtheir children and their income for childcare provision. However, once theystart school, pick-up times and long holidays dictate a different flexibleworking formula, and after the move to secondary school, those requirementschange again. Employers should start to look at the client requirements of their businessand think creatively around a 24/7 – or at least 24/5 – scenario. Thetraditional nine-to-five mindset suits very few as a rigid structure,particularly where companies operate across different time zones. Re-engineeredhours – and team-based, rather than dictated solutions – can increase bothflexibility and better service the needs of the business. Employers need to study their business culture, and make it less rigid andmore open to change. The workplace has changed dramatically in the past fiveyears, and smart employers will understand that change is on-going. Theevolving requirements of their staff and clients means that flexibility is theonly constant. Don’t make this an issue only for parents. Carol Savage Managing director, Flexecutive.co.uk Perseverance is the way to get on in HR I read Melanie Callaghan’s letter (Letters, 11 May) with interest. I too, found it extremely difficult to get my foot in the proverbial HRdoor, after completing a degree in business administration. Perseverance was mymiddle name for a good while after I left university, but I am glad to say thatit paid off, and after starting (and self-funding) my CIPD course in peoplemanagement and development, I managed to find a job as an HR assistant at theUniversity of Central Lancashire. It has proved to be the best move I ever made and I just wanted to assurepeople that it possible to progress up the HR ladder. You just have to keep atit and it will happen – eventually. Congratulations to Personnel Today for producing a fabulous magazine. Ithoroughly enjoy reading it every week! Liz Bush HR assistant, University of Central Lancashire Bogus data fee scam sets sights on h&s Following your past coverage of the scam of organisations receiving demandsfor payment for bogus data protection registration, they have now moved on tohealth and safety. We have just received a letter from something called the ‘Health &Safety Registration Enforcement Division, Rochdale’. It states we are notregistered as being compliant with the Health & Safety Act 1974, andtherefore risk up to two years imprisonment per offence, disqualification ofdirectors and unlimited fines. To avoid such actions, we should return a formwith a registration fee of £199 if we are compliant, or £249 if we feel we arenot! Evidently, yet another scam is trying to make a fast buck from employerswho are not fully aware of the legislation. Steve Chilcott HR manager ,Octavia Housing and Care last_img read more

Savills wins key contract to advise on England’s newest town… Northstowe

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Savills wins key contract to advise on England’s newest town… Northstowe previous nextLand & New HomesSavills wins key contract to advise on England’s newest town… NorthstoweThe agency’s Cambridge team is advising Homes England on what will be the largest new conurbation to be built since Milton Keynes.Sheila Manchester2nd October 201901,149 Views Savills has won a key contract to advise Homes England on the next stage of the UK’s largest new town since Milton Keynes. The development team at Savills Cambridge will help with the delivery of phase two of the development at Northstowe, to the north west of Cambridge.Some 350 homes have been built so far on phase 1 of the scheme. Homes England is leading the delivery of the next two phases, which include developing the town centre and building 8,500 homes by 2040.The agency’s local and Public Sector Land teams are providing consultancy and disposal advice on the remainder of phase two, which includes residential schemes and the delivery of the town centre. They will deliver guidance on the timing of the town centre development in relation to the residential units and how the mixed use aspect – retail, leisure and community facilities – meets changing market conditions.Abigail Jones, Associate Director in the Development team at Savills Cambridge (left), said, “Northstowe is a major new development in the heart of our patch. The town centre will be the focus of life within Northstowe with the opportunity to create a vibrant and distinctive identity.”The marketing of Phase 2b, with 250 dwellings with 40% starter homes, is underway, as are the first stages of the town centre strategy. Northstowe will be the largest new town since Milton Keynes, with 10,000 new homes proposed.Mike Goulding Head of Strategic Land at Homes England added, “We’re developing a community that will provide the homes, infrastructure and facilities people in South Cambridgeshire need. Strong local partnerships are key to the project’s success, so we’re pleased to have Savills join us and look forward to working with them.”Read more about Homes England. northstowe Alex McKinlay Mike Goulding Homes England Savills Cambridge October 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Maguire’s brother ‘also charged over Mykonos brawl

first_img Joe has joined Harry and their sister Daisy for a week of partying in Mykonos. But Utd captain Maguire was taunted by rival fans during a three-day drinking session that ended with his sister being stabbed with a metal straw. The brawl erupted outside a swanky nightclub when a man — described by sources as “gangster types” — had started chatting up the star’s younger sister. And when she turned him down, she was jabbed in the arm – drawing blood and causing her to faint. Harry then stepped in before a fight broke out. When plain-clothed police came to break it up, the Utd captain was allegedly “verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him”. read also:Man Utd captain Maguire regains freedom after assault hearing Maguire is now understood to have travelled back to the UK ahead of another hearing in court tomorrow, which he does not have to attend. But the case could be thrown into jeopardy after staff in the building tested positive for coronavirus. Sheffield-born Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he signed for Utd from Leicester City for £85million in August last year. He was named captain in January this year following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Harry Maguire’s footballer brother is also expected to go on trial for allegedly brawling on Mykonos, The Sun can reveal. Joe Maguire, 28, was arrested with his famous sibling and it is understood he will be named as a co-defendant along with another British pal this afternoon. Local officials confirmed he had been detained for the fight but stopped short of announcing his court appearance officially due to strict data protection rules. But it is understood his name will be appear on a court list later today. All three will be represented by the same high-flying lawyer flown in from Athens for the case. The trio spent two nights in a cell before appearing before a court on Saturday in Syros. They are accused of bodily harm and “serial insult”. Maguire and a pal are have also been charged with serial bribery and violence against officials. They deny all the charges against them. Dad-of-two Joe is also a footballer and played for Scunthorpe United, Nuneaton Town and Boston United before signing for Gainsborough Trinity in 2018. But he recently left the Northern Premier League club in search of first-team football.center_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink Pineapple11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Arelast_img read more