National Crime Agency threatened by shortage of techno-savvy cops over pay and pension dispute | Crime | News | The Independent – Via John Gelmini

The Independent cites police leaders warning that key investigative skills at the elite National Crime Agency are set to disappear, despite its departing leader acknowledging the need to recruit technologically savvy young officers. It continues that the agency, set up in 2013 to tackle the most serious drugs, sex, trafficking, cyber and international crimes, is finding it difficult to recruit young police officers because of a long-term pay and pensions problem, The source is the association that represents nearly half of the NCA’s 4,200-strong staff.

Source: National Crime Agency threatened by shortage of techno-savvy cops over pay and pension dispute | Crime | News | The Independent

It is obvious that the NCA’s employee organization would make these assertions and claim that the solution is better pay and conditions.

Another options is to have a pool of security cleared contractors and to pay the market rate for specialist skills bought-in.

via John Gelmini

Chinese Banks Lure Deposits by Offering Goodies for Cash – Businessweek

This is an amazing, must-read story from Business Week. Check it out!

via Chinese Banks Lure Deposits by Offering Goodies for Cash – Businessweek.

At least there seems to be a bit of competition for customers in China.

In the UK, by way of comparison, the major banks seem to treat customers as an irritant.

Recently, for me, customer service with my UK bank has been so bad that I have twice received financial compensation.

Since the financial crash of 2008, it has become clear that the banks are ineffective, with broken processes and ineffective customer service. The only good news is that the swinging cost-cutting has taken out layers of useless management.

Surely, it’s time to let the Bank of England take the gloves off, break up the big banks and generate a bit of real competition?

Any thoughts?