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Public sector staff storm ahead

Public sector workers now out-earn their priv- ate sector counterparts by 17 per cent, as well as receiving typically better pension arrangements, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


‘Employers face huge costs over auto enrolment’

David Blunkett’s plans for automatic enrolment in company pensions will increase employers’ costs, says Clerical Medical manager of industry affairs Stuart Mason. Mason says the Work and Pension Secretary is right to suggest that plans for auto enrolment, or soft compulsion, will not be prevented by the European distance marketing directive after the Treasury issued […]

A missed opportunity

Strange goings on at the ABI summer party last week when mid-bash an ABI-branded cake was produced to the bemusement of onlookers. Director general Stephen Haddrill cut a hefty slice before the party resumed. The cake was to celebrate it being 20 years old but there was no announcements to this effect. What a lost […]

ABI guidelines on clarity get the thumbs up

The Association of British Insurer’s consultation on clarity for protection application forms has received app-roval from independent adv-isers and providers. The draft guidelines from the ABI are intended to imp-rove clarity of wordings and warnings on insurance applications to enable better disclosure and reduce contes- ted claims. Some of the major chan- ges recommended to […]

Wagstaff set to join New Star

Wagstaff will start in September. He was most recently managing director of M&G’s UK retail business with 15bn under management. He resigned in June 2004 after seven years at M&G, saying he wanted to spend time with his family before thinking about his next move. The announcement comes as New Star plans to increase its […]


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