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

ManpowerGroup head optimistic about German staffing industry despite proposed legal changes

July 30, 2014

The managing director of ManpowerGroup Germany is optimistic for the German staffing market, but is critical of potential legislative reforms that limit the use of contingent workers. 

Trade union threatens legal action over workers replacing striking staff

July 23, 2014

The U.K.’s largest trade union has threatened a hospital with legal action over claims that agency workers are forming their own companies and stepping in for striking workers.

UK enhances ethics code to boost female board appointments

July 9, 2014

U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched an enhanced code of ethics for head hunters and executive recruiters.

Thousands across Europe sign freelancers’ manifesto

June 18, 2014

Thousands of freelancers have signed an EU-wide campaign calling for decision makers to recognize and back the independent labor market, in what they claim represents a clear message to the new European Parliament.

A staffing firm takes the leap with Bitcoin: Is it the next payment method?

June 11, 2014

Is Bitcoin poised to be the next method of paying your vendors? One staffing firm takes the leap to accept the virtual currency.

Fighting forced labor: Orgs need to intensify efforts

May 21, 2014

Staffing and labor organizations are partnering to combat the existence of forced labor, though such efforts may seem insignificant.

Use of Younger Temps Falls at UK Agencies; Demand Up for Older Workers

May 14, 2014

Use of temporary workers age 34 and younger is declining in local government and other public bodies across the U.K., while the use of older temporary workers rose.

REC to EU Parliament: Get Europe Back to Work

April 30, 2014

Ahead of next month’s European Parliamentary elections, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the U.K.’s recruitment industry, sent a policy briefing to the 59 U.K. members of the European Parliament seeking re-election explaining the important role recruiters... More

Thousands of UK Self-Employed Lacked Options; Prefer Permanent Worker Status

April 23, 2014

Despite the high levels of unemployment, recent data reported by British newspaper The Independent revealed that a tenth of Britain’s 4.5 million strong self-employed workforce would rather have a “normal” job. 

Germany Passes Minimum Wage But Not Everyone’s Happy

April 9, 2014

Germany has passed the “most momentus law” in decades, becoming the 21st EU member state to institute a minimum wage.