Employment news: March 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010 - Employment News, Jobs News



On reading today’s newspapers, and particularly the Telegraph, three stories of employment news struck me with some considerable weight. Read these summaries, read the original stories through the links, and see what you think.

Personally, you couldn’t make some of this stuff up! The NHS story shows how public sector pay has moved up, and why savings are possible without excessive job cuts in front line services.

Managing Director pleads guilty to spending £105,000 on Lap Dances…

Managing Director of steel fabricators KB (Northern) Reinforcements, Ian Tulloch, 59, a married father-of-two, spent the equivalent of nearly twice his annual salary on naked dancing girls at the Spearmint Rhino club in central London. The sum would have paid for more than 5,000 nude lap dances, at £20 a time.

Tulloch, the £55,000-a-year managing director, was financing the visits with money invented by falsifying accounts. He invented several elaborate scams in order to boost the company’s profits and award himself bonuses of £73,000.

Tullock was sacked in 2006, after Greater Manchester Police were called in to  uncover a £3 million black hole in the accounts, and sack 11 staff.

Tulloch, of Lordswood Close, Chorley, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent trading, 29 counts of falsifying company documents and two counts of making a false statement to auditors at an earlier hearing. Two counts of theft were left on file.

He was sentenced yesterday to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years,  ordered to complete 300 hours’ community work and to pay £150,000 compensation.

Inside Police recruitment…

The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced that an inquiry had been launched into the “extremely concerning” claims, which came to light after an anonymous tip off.

Grahame Maxwell, the head of North Yorkshire police, and his deputy Adam Briggs are accused of helping two “close relatives” to bypass the first stage of a job application process to become police officers.

Maxwell is one of the most senior police figures in the country, and is the national lead on human trafficking issues. His family are heavily involved in the police: his father was a chief constable, his sister is a serving officer and his brother-in-law is also a retired officer. The media allegations centre around his son.

North Yorkshire police opened a recruitment hotline in February 2010 offering 60 jobs. 200,000 people called to register their interest, with demand so great that the phone system crashed, leaving thousands of potential applications frustrated.

Those callers who did get through were interviewed and given the details of an online application form – the first part of a multiple-stage process to join police force. It is alleged that Mr Maxwell and Mr Briggs helped their relatives bypass the phone interview process and submit their application forms directly.

NHS Management…

Statistics released by the Office on Central Information an the NHS Information centre show that the NHS workforce in England has reached a record high of 1.43 million, up by 30 per cent on 1999. During this time:

  • Managers have increased by 84%, to 44,660
  • Administration and technical support staff are up by 40
  • Nurses have increased by a quarter to reach 375,500
  • Junior doctors up by two thirds
  • GPs by 30%
  • Consultants by 50%

Labour have spent a lot of money – rightly – on the NHS, but the growth in managers seems high.

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