first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s lettersHow will directive affect my firm? My company – MPI Limited – employs temporary workers in the engineering,electronic and aircraft industries. We currently have about 1,200 contractors. In most cases, our temporary workers receive an hourly rate about one-thirdmore than the permanent staff rates of our customers with whom they work. Onaverage, our temporary workers stay with our customers for approximately fivemonths. Will the EU temps directive mean we have to reduce the hourly rate toour temporary workers to the same rate as that of our customer’s staff? If this directive goes through, we will have to ensure that they have thesame benefits as our customers’ employees after six weeks, but then if theymove to a different customer, they will almost certainly have different payrates, pension rights, etc, than they were receiving in their last job. I ammost interested to see how this is going work. SJ Bond Chairman, MPI Limited E-learning must be ‘sophisticated’ The e-learning survey in the article ‘Online is the way to go’ (News, 19March), shows that people feel let down by the training they had received. They had a right to feel let down – e-learning has to be far moresophisticated than the model inflicted on those questioned. It can be anincredibly dynamic way to learn, but it needs to include pre-assessments,testing, interactive role-plays, online mentoring, peer discussion forums andpost-training support. It must form part of a broader picture. A truly effective learning programmeneeds to embrace more than just e-learning. It needs to understand the needs ofevery individual and be able to prescribe a personalised learning programme foreach member of staff, incorporating a range of content and learning techniques.Karina Ward Marketing communications manager, NETg One-sided nature of your campaign I have read many of the articles in your Refugees in Employment Campaign. Iam concerned at the one-sided nature of your campaign – you must be aware thisis a complex issue. It would be helpful if you acknowledged some issues that may be regarded asinconvenient by those advocating large-scale migration under whatever name theychoose to call it. Examples include the widespread and organised abuse of the asylum system andhow the whole issue is dominated by small, vocal pressure groups whose responseto any attempt at debate often consists of name-calling and accusations ofracism. Ray Scullion via e-mail The Refugees in Employment Campaign does not advocate large-scaleimmigration nor the abuse of the asylum system in the UK. It only aims toremove the obstacles to employment for refugees and asylum seekers who arepermitted to work in the UK. Noel O’Reilly Editor, Personnel Today B&Q spends more on CSR projects The article ‘Morals under the microscope’ (Research viewpoint, 19 March), isinaccurate. It is ludicrous to say that at B&Q we spend more on promoting our workon social responsibility than on the initiatives themselves. The article does not tackle the issue of how you make the thousands ofcharitable organisations aware of the awards and grants that we have madeavailable. When we ran our You Can Do It awards without advertising on TV, we werecriticised for not publicising them enough – now we get this kind of cynicalresponse. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Personnel Today for many years and willcontinue to do so, hopefully for many years to come. But I would like to thinkthat what I am reading is correct. Ray Baker Head of social responsibility, B&Q last_img read more