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Biggest pay rises in Jersey public sector for a decade

BBC Radio Jersey

Pay awards to Jersey States workers led to the biggest pay rises for public sector workers in the island in a decade, according to official statistics.

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Government workers got an average increase of 4.8% in the year to June.

Workers in the hospitality industry got a bigger increase than any other sector, with pay up by almost 5%.

It means people working in bars and hotels now earn an average of £460 a week, less than half as much as those working in finance.

Electric bus to be trialed

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

An electric bus has been brought to Jersey for a trial.

LibertyBus will be trialling the vehicle for a six week period on the island's main network to assess its suitability.

The bus will be on display at the Weighbridge on 28 August between 11:00 and 14:00 before starting its trial on the road.

I have been keen for us to trial electric buses in Jersey and I’m delighted that LibertyBus is now making this happen. This supports our sustainable transport aims and also the Government’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. We will be working closely with LibertyBus monitoring the results of the trial.

Deputy Kevin LewisMinister for Infrastructure

Additional degree courses must meet criteria to be run

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Assistant Minister for Social Security, Education and Health, deputy Jeremy Maçon, has responded to calls to add additional degree courses to the island’s Critical Skills list.

While supporting islanders' careers is important, additional courses cannot be added to the list unless they meet a particular criteria, Mr Maçon added.

The Critical Skills list describes specific courses that offer students the skills needed in the Jersey job market.

To be listed it must be an essential qualification, must increase a students' employability and there must be high chance students will take up employment in a critical role upon completing the course.

Deputy Maçon said: “The Government of Jersey is committed to creating a skilled local workforce for the future.

"The Critical Skills list forms an important part of this priority - allowing us to support islanders through courses that will help to meet significant skills gaps in Jersey’s job market."

Jeremy Macon
States Assembly

Channel Islands weather: sunny

BBC Weather

A dry day with lots of sunshine and blue skies throughout the day. Feeling rather warm. Light easterly winds.

Max: 24C

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Ecstasy death: Man named

BBC Radio Jersey

A 29-year-old man who died of a suspected reaction to MDMA - a form of the Class A drug ecstacy - has been named as Ashleigh Thomas Green by police in Jersey.

Two people who were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply have been released on bail.

An inquest into how Mr Green died is due to open next Tuesday.