Last week saw a flurry of activity following the Chancellor’s pre-budget speech containing a number of controversial measures to control public sector spending. I was quite literally inundated with calls from the media asking for a PPMA view on the proposals. It is very satisfying that we are now demonstrating our objective of being the ‘voice of public sector people management professionals.’ I think the degree to which our view on such issues are sought is testimony to our success with this objective.
I feel that the tone that the government is trying to set around public sector pay transparency is entirely the right direction of travel. However, the focus on senior pay and overburdening control by the Treasury is difficult to justify. I’ve posted most of my comments on the blog so you can follow my view and let me know if you agree or not!
On Thursday this week I had the pleasure of speaking at the first of our regional launches of the tHRu portal. The product has been supported by a number of ‘experts’ and in particular EurekaStep, KPMG and IES have been involved. I also want to thank Martin Reddington for his support. Above all I want to thank and congratulate Martin Rayson for bringing this product to fruition. It really is a superb addition to our product portfolio for members. I would highly recommend attendance at the regional events if you haven’t already booked!
Finally, can I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being your President over the past 8 months and I hope 2010 proves to be the most successful ever for PPMA.