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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Thisweek’s lettersLetterof the WeekA new breed? You have to be kidding Whilesitting in an airport recently my ear was overheating from using my mobilephone, my laptop had expired and my palmtop is too tiresome to send e-mail on soI read some of the “New breed” profiles (Feature, 13 March). Ithought they were very amusing but could not see the point of the article. Myflight was called at this point so I grabbed my passport (which I keep in myright hand) and ran for the plane, wondering as I went whether or not I hadpacked my best jeans and whether the hotel would fail to have a trouser pressso I could achieve that ‘lived-in’ look. Onthe flight I read on. Slowly, the point dawned on me. You are trying to evokean open-minded approach towards all HR employees from both HR and non-HRcolleagues. Itwas, of course, an exercise in irony: the wonderful joke about eschewing formaldress only to picture the smart manikins; the witty aside about disdainingbureaucracy then pretending these people work for BT, a London borough or abank; and, best of all, saying how young they all are but featuring people whoare successful but more than 30. This last point undermined things by beingcompletely unbelievable.AsI drifted of to sleep that night, WAP phone purring at my feet, I suddenlybecame worried, Supposing you really meant it? No you can’t have – no one usesthe Web anymore.JohnGamston40-something and countingHR projects and acquisitions, Europe, Agilent TechnologiesReadyReckoner really is a bargain Iread with interest the Recruitment Cost Ready Reckoner in Personnel Today(Feature, 20 February).Iwould love to recruit someone with a £60,000 salary and pay a fee of only£7,750 but fear that in reality it would actually cost at least double that! Pleasedo us a favour and reveal the secret of where we can find a recruitment agencythat charges such low fees. That way I have a weapon with which to fend off the(minimum of) six cold-calling recruiters who try to contact me each day.SharonCooperHR director, JDA InternationalPaysurvey is not black and whiteInPersonnel Today you headlined a story “Study points to savings for firms withno pay structure” (News, 6 February). In fact the MCG study that was being reviewedshowed there was big potential for savings in organisations that do not have ajob evaluated and graded pay structure and which do not survey/benchmarkagainst their comparator pay market.NickPage of the CIPD may have criticised the obsession of some employers with the“going rate” but the point the study makes is that this is only part of thepicture when developing a balanced, competitive and equal value pay structure. Ourwork with www.payaudit.com, from which the study was drawn, ensures thatemployers have best value, non-discriminatory pay. The results support andemphasise the EOC Equal Pay Task Force findings announced on 27 February. Itis essential to apply a participative and analytical job evaluation study toachieve fairness and competitiveness.DerekBurn Partner, MCG Consulting Group www.hraudit.net Beproactive and get ahead in HRThreepieces of advice for those who are struggling to get their first job in HR(Letters, 20 March):–Develop your transferable skills (you don’t have to work in HR to developnegotiation, supervisory, organisation, and presentation skills;–Take any opportunity you can to get appropriate experience (by developing yourjob, joining a project group, or doing voluntary work with a Citizens’ AdviceBureau, organising charity events, or serving on a school governors committee);–Sell yourself by highlighting these skills and experiences on your CV and inyour interview.Ispeak from experience, having taken nine years to work my way from an adminrole into an HR manager post. It wasn’t easy, but then, developing a careernever is.IanSpinneyHR & training manager, Norwich & District CABRegionalismmust not be an excuse SharenPhillips (Letters, 20 March) is concerned about the effect on small businessesof the increase in the National Minimum Wage. Comparing a business in ruralLincolnshire with one in London is a bit of a giveaway. Thefact that wage rates in rural Lincolnshire are low means local businesses canget away with paying less. It does not necessarily mean they cannot afford wagerates which in other parts of the country are necessary to recruit and retain. ChrisSharpHead of personnel & training, SKDC Comments are closed. LettersOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more