UK - A further 5500 staff have signed up for Royal Mail's home computing scheme.
This is in addition to the 16,500 - 10% of all employees - who signed up to the scheme when it was launched in November, giving it the largest participation of any such scheme in the UK.
Royal Mail reopened the scheme to give more staff the chance to join.
The scheme, provided via Futuremedia, allows access to a PC, the internet, and a range of software packages and ongoing technical support from £4.40 per week over three years - almost a 40% reduction on high street prices for a similar service.
Royal Mail sees the scheme as vital in improving the skills of its workforce but is also part of a wider strategy to use employee benefits to improve industrial relations at the company.
Royal Mail group human res-ources director Tony McCarthy said: “Getting more computers into the homes of our employees has to be good for them and for the business.
“By giving employees the chance to use a computer in the home, we hope that they will bring their new knowledge to bear in the workplace.”
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