first_imgThis week’s lettersShift of focus wins graduate talentI write in response to the insightful article by Simon Howard on thegraduate recruitment market (10 July). As the UK’s largest graduate recruiter, PricewaterhouseCoopers is at risk ofbeing included in Mr Howard’s observations and I wish to redress the balance onthe issue of responsiveness with some brief illustrations. PwC is a founding employer partner in the “Insight Plus”initiative, due to launch this Autumn. This addresses the need for students togain workplace experience through part-time work. Ethnic diversity projects run by groups of UK universities are alsosupported by PwC staff in the role of mentors. The point Mr Howard makes about consistency of relationship is central to PwC’sstrategy and universities are regularly consulted in respect of PwC’s graduaterecruitment activities. The firm’s autumn 2000 intake of over 1,000 graduates encompassed 91different UK higher education institutions and staff involved in the selectionprocess receive updates on higher education in the UK and the changes which inturn inform the firm’s approach to graduate recruitment. Jackie Alexander Recruitment partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Of the many relevant points made by Simon Howard in his article, the mostsignificant was that a lot of graduate recruiters still see their focus as”the top 10 per cent off the top 10 per cent”. This simplistic assessment of how to target graduates continues to underliethe failure of many recruitment systems. Those who have grasped that the “top” graduates are the”right” people for their needs are meeting with the most success. Structured analysis of what a business wants from its graduate recruits andgetting honest messages to them about what is on offer, characterises effectivegraduate recruiters. Tim Treadwell Course director, POC Training & Consulting Time to act over sloppy grammar I can’t agree more with Mary Brown’s thoughts on today’s grammar (Letters,31 July). I thought I was the only person to get depressed at the epidemic of wronguse of the apostrophe. Who on earth started the belief that plurals shouldcontain apostrophes? When is someone going to champion the teaching of correctgrammar again? Lyn Ferguson Personnel director, Schuh Stress: a very real workplace issue Although I respect the views of Nigel Bannister (Letters, 24 July), I feelit is fair to address the reality of stress in the workplace since I havefirst-hand experience of the damaging effects of what is a greatlymisunderstood issue. Employees often go to their GP suffering from long-endured backache, aninability to sleep or inexplicable worry. If the worker does not address theissue quickly, they are often diagnosed as suffering from depression – areaction to the stress that they didn’t realise they had. In my experience, staff do not take leave “at the first sign oftrouble” – enforced time off is normally the last resort. Mike Davey Performance Through People, Walsall Overseas posting support essential Your article “Who dares travel?”(Features, 26 June) rightlysuggests that employer support is critical to the success of an internationalposting. A long-term posting can be hard on employees and their families andemployers should not underestimate the difficulties. Providing support, while not a guarantee of success, greatly reduces therisk of failure. Communication before, during and after the posting isessential if companies are to retain the skills they have developed. Andrew Finney Managing director, HCR Relocation Specialist Euro entry quote out of context I refer to Mr Kichenside’s letter (30 May) concerning a quote from me whichappeared in an earlier news story. My comments in the article had been cut. I was commenting on an RCI survey,where the respondents feared entry to the euro would raise employment costs. There is no reason why UK entry to the euro should in itself increase thecost of employing people. It is more rational to identify sources of costpressures which might, for example, include higher social security charges andtaxation to improve public services and more extensive European legislation onwork practices. These pressures may produce increased employment costsirrespective of whether or not the UK adopts the euro. While there would be some costs to UK businesses when converting payrolls tothe euro, the on-going savings from not dealing in different currencies wouldneed to be added into any calculation. I can assure Mr Kichenside that neither I nor my colleagues inhabit an ivorytower. He is very welcome to visit me at Cranfield to confirm that this is thecase Shaun Tyson Cranfield University School of Management Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. LettersOn 21 Aug 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more