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General Election and Internal Auditing Five Years On… May 7, 2015

Posted by Audit Monkey in The Joy & Pain of Internal Audit, Working Life in Britain.
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On the night of the General Election five years ago, I blogged throughout the evening, commenting on the various polling results in the constituencies. I’m not going to do that this evening, but I’m in a reflective mood. (more…)

Redundancy – Final Comments December 30, 2009

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A few more comments from me on this, then I’ll put it to bed.

As with any restructuring and reduction in numbers, there is an inevitable clamour for the remaining positions to avoid the daily trudge down to the Job Centre. From a chat with a good friend, Major Geek 1, who works for a well known Investment Bank, he alerted me to the fact that there is no such thing as ‘open competition’ for positions when redundancy looms as management fit the selection criteria to those they wish to retain, and those they wish to dismiss. In short, it is pretty much out of one’s hands.
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Redundancy December 29, 2009

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With the New Year rapidly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to comment on my own redundancy sooner rather than later, the logic being it is probably best consigned to 2009 and forgotten about. Don’t take my word for it, Her Majesty The Queen commented in her annual Christmas address to the Nation that some years are best forgotten.

First some background. The Head of Audit who employed me, resigned and initially, his No.2 (Biggins) acted up. Unfortunately Biggins did not bank on the Old Boy network and cronyism as a Board Director brought in a replacement Head of (in the shape of the F├╝hrer) from his previous firm.

It is inevitable that a new Head of Audit will wish to change things but it is not helpful to add grist to the mill. Some pitfalls which contributed to my selection for redundancy:
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