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  • What is the right services model for the channel?

    Should services be sold on behalf of vendors or independently? That's a question that has exercised the minds of quite a few channel partners in recent times. A number of businesses will have already made the required investment to build up their... 

  • An orchestra of one: Is Ballmer feeling lonely at the top?

    News of yet another executive leaving Microsoft with the departure ofWindows 7 boss Brad Brooksreminded me of something that I saw at the weekend. My eldest daughter, who is going through a Frank Sinatra/Gene Kelly phase (it's great to see), got a DV... 

  • TUPE or not TUPE?

    2000 employees were transferred from Scottish & Newcastle's to KNDL in 2006 and the TUPE regulations applied. A serious concern to those employees being transferred was that the pension scheme for KNDL was not as good as that provided by Sco... 

  • Jobs for all in IT & Telecoms

    Great news for the IT & Telecoms industry: employment is going to grow by 5 times the national average over the next decade and 110,000 people are going to be needed this year alone. According to research from e-skills UK, the IT & Telecoms i... 

  • Out of time but not out of luck

    The High Court has held that an equal pay claim brought six months after the end of employment, can proceed as a breach of contract claim in the civil courts, despite the fact it would be out of time in an employment tribunal. All 174 of the Hig... 

  • All in a flutter over Apple's Jobsworth

    The market has been getting a bit over-excited by the news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is to take a medical leave of absence. The share price fell 5%, losing $19bn in value after the announcement. But this isn't the first time Jobs has taken a back sea... 

  • Brits lose out in Euro business for being too aloof, says research

    Even the most basic attempts to speak the local language will win sympathy, says EC business research UK resellers struggle to do business abroad because their 'everyone speaks English' assumption offends their European peers. Though English (albeit ... 

  • National Minimum Wage and travelling

    New regulations from 1 January 2011 are going to affect how employers pay those who are close to the National Minimum Wage. A good number of temporary workers are paid at or just above the National Minimum Wage and of these, a number receive expenses... 

  • Are schools failing the IT test?

    Here's a piece of news which, on the face of it, makes sense but, if you look at it a bit closer, could also make less sense than you think. According to research from Microsoft, school kids aren't being taught the necessary IT skills to prepare them... 

  • Workers on fire?

    Now that we have smoke free work places, non-smoking workers are quite rightly upset at the extra time off that smokers get during the working day as they take unofficial 'fag' breaks'. As a guide to employers, staff at Norfolk based Breckland Co...