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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

INFLATION CREEPS UP IN THE OFFICE

The Management Today/Johnson Controls Office Costs Index

Cost/£ per occupant 4th quarter 97 2nd quarter 98 % change

Property operations

Maintenance 401 409 2.0

Utilities 312 322 3.2

Cleaning 197 205 4.1

Security 219 228 4.1

Internal planting 12 13 8.3

Total 1,141 1,177 3.2

Office services

Internal moves 101 105 4.0

Communications 297 298 0.3

Reprographics 122 116 -4.9

Stationery 50 50 0.0

Reception 32 33 3.1

Post and couriers 216 220 1.9

Catering 235 243 3.4

Sub total 1,053 1,065 1.1

Management 143 149 4.2

Overall total 2,337 2,391 2.3

Since the index last appeared six months ago, office costs, like the

economy as a whole, have begun to show inflationary tendencies. Back then,

they were running at an annualised 1%. That has now more than doubled to

2.3%. Nonetheless, office services are still under control, although

property is creeping up, particularly in the foliage department, which is

running wild. But, like last time, the single biggest growth area is

(you've guessed it) management. When it comes to keeping costs down,

management by example just isn't happening.

WOMEN LINGER ON THE BOTTOM RUNG

The percentage of women in Opportunity 2000 organisations

Occupational category 1995 1996 1997

Executive directors 15

Non-executive directors 16** 11** 21

Subsidiary board mbrs 16

Senior managers 17 17 20

Middle managers 28 37 31

Junior managers 42 41 45

Clerical and admin 74 73 74

**This figure covers the three categories of director - it was not split

up before '97

Source: Opportunity 2000

Progress is being made. Based on the responses of 152 member companies,

which include BT, NatWest and Glaxo Wellcome, the total number of women

employed has risen slightly since 1996, and 20% of senior management

positions are now occupied by women. The lower down the management ladder

you go, the more women there are. This is largely because equality takes

time and whether equality in its very literal sense will be achieved

remains to be seen. As the high proportion of women in clerical and

administrative positions indicates, there is still quite some way to go.

The picture is disappointing when it comes to ethnic minority women,

however, and there are very few part-time managerial posts.

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