Kirsten Hastings

Associate Editor

Kirsten Hastings

Kirsten Hastings is a multilingual journalist and research analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts’ London office. She is responsible for managing the Daily News as online editor and producer, covering stories on European and global labour markets. Kirsten monitors and writes about legal issues, companies, financial markets, and economic trends. She is also the author of several research reports. Before joining Staffing Industry Analysts in June 2013, Kirsten attained an MA (Hons) in History with German from the University of Dundee and an MSc in Financial Journalism from the University of Stirling. Kirsten’s understanding of the industry stems in part from the five years she worked as a temporary worker prior to joining Staffing Industry Analysts.

Recent Articles

Skills shortages drive workforce automation

October 15, 2014

When Henry Ford designed the first moving assembly line in 1913, some wondered what would happen to the people who used to do those jobs. Now, companies are looking for more ways to automate as skills shortages are driving costs upward.

UK politicians draw battle lines around employment market

October 8, 2014

The UK employment market has become the latest battleground for politicians campaigning ahead of the UK general elections in May 2015. The three main political parties have held their annual conferences and drawn their respective battle lines — with mixed reactions.

When temporary workers strike

October 1, 2014

Disputes and unrest among temporary workers have been in the global news of late. Find out why.

Save money … hire women?

September 24, 2014

Earlier this week, an Australian entrepreneur caused a Twitter backlash by suggesting companies could save money by hiring women instead of men. 

Japan’s largest staffing company announces billion-dollar listing

September 17, 2014

In a move that is expected to significantly impact the global staffing market, Recruit Holdings, the largest staffing company in Japan and fifth largest in the world, announced it will list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange next month.

The impact of the Scottish independence referendum on jobs

September 10, 2014

On Sept. 18, Scotland will vote on whether or not to break away from the U.K. Results in favor of separation could bring significant changes to the Scottish labor market. 

Operating in politically sensitive environments? Know how to deal with the risks.

August 27, 2014

Multinational corporations operating in politically sensitive environments need greater awareness of the risks to the safety and security of their employees, assets and supply chains. 

Japan’s Worker Dispatch Act amendments would ease temp usage restrictions

August 20, 2014

Anticipated amendments to Japan’s Worker Dispatch Act could have a significant impact on the personnel policies and workforce management of Japanese companies, the most significant of which would be allowing companies to staff a greater number of positions with temporary workers for longer (indefinite)... More

UK increases focus on temp worker safety

August 20, 2014

Just as OSHA in the U.S. has increased its focus on temp worker safety, agencies in the U.K. have been turning an eye to the safety of contingent workers. 

Costly temp: Agency nurse earns more than $3,000 in one day

August 6, 2014

National Health Services (NHS) hospitals across the U.K. are so short-staffed that on the May 5 public holiday, one facility paid $3,000 for one agency nurse's 12-hour shift. Another hospital reportedly paid more than $4,200 for a doctor who worked the same day.