Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefIT recruitment falls Recruitment in the IT industry has fallen by 40 per cent as the countrybegins to feel the effect of the high-tech slowdown. The number of advertisedIT jobs fell by 40 per cent to 19,500 compared with the same period last year –the lowest figure for seven years. Software house recruitment fell to less than7,300 – it’s lowest ever. ‘No politics’ in strikes Tube workers plan to hold two strikes in the run-up to the General Electionbut deny they are politically motivated. The RMT rail union workers will strikeon 4 and 6 June to highlight their safety fears over the Government’s plans topart-privatise London Underground. Guards on South West Trains will also strikeon 18, 25 and 29 May. www.rmt.org.ukCRE delays race case The Commission for Racial Equality has postponed the public hearing of itsformal investigation into allegations of racial discrimination in the PrisonService. Lawyers for the family of Zahid Mubarek, who was murdered by a racistinmate at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute, wrote to the CRE asking for thehearing to be adjourned. www.cre.gov.ukCBI call for skills link The CBI has called on the Government to promote lifelong learning andimprove business links with education. In its manifesto for business, the CBI hasclaimed the Government must do more to increase the skills of the UK workforce.Businesses must have a say in the new Learning and Skills Councils, which willoversee post- 16 learning, the CBI said. www.cbi.org.ukRecession failure fear If even a mild recession hits the UK then a fifth of all companies in theemployment agencies industry risk failure. Analysis firm Plimsoll Publishingrated the financial health of 2,095 employment agencies across the nation andfound that 770 are at risk of failure. But 845 companies received a strongrating, indicating they would find ways to maintain business in a recession. www.plimsoll.com …in briefOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.