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UK – French recruitment firm awarded government contract despite union opposition

30 June 2014

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has written off £56 million spent on an IT project after discovering it was late, over budget and duplicated by another department, reports The Guardian. Ministers decided to shelve the project, designed to save money on back-office functions, when they realised it w...


Germany – Skills shortage threat more severe than previously thought

30 June 2014

Germany is facing a severe labour market shortage, which could hit the country’s growth rate from as early as 2015, reports The Financial Times. Research by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) suggests that the Eurozone’s largest economy, could experience a shortage of up to 2.4 million workers by...


UK – More recruiters facing penalties for not carrying out employability checks

30 June 2014

A growing number of employers and recruiters across the UK are still failing to adequately assess an individual’s right to work in the UK, according to professional employment provider giant group.Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that a total of 2,148 Notification of Li...


UK – Recruiter steals £30,000 from employer and friend

30 June 2014

Southampton-based recruitment consultant Sam Wilson was spared jail following his conviction for stealing more than £30,000 from his employer over the course of two years, reports The Daily Echo. Mr Wilson worked for Everest Recruitment, a provider of temporary staffing and payroll services,...


Europe – Increased job polarisation across the EU

30 June 2014

Following five years of economic unrest, the European Union exited recession in spring 2013. The recovery was modest but has proven durable, with even the most fragile economies expected to see some strengthening of economic activity, according to the  Eurofound Yearbook 2013: Living and wor...


Europe – Growth in agency work stabilising

27 June 2014

In April 2014, the number of hours worked by agency workers across Europe increased by +4.5%, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett). This follows an increase of +4.5% in March 2014, indica...


Germany – Companies still cautious about recruiting

27 June 2014

Despite still looking to hire more staff, German companies remain cautious about recruitment, according to the latest Employment Barometer from the Institute for Economic Research (Ifo). The index fell to 106.1 in June, down from 106.9 in May, its lowest point for eight months, but an increase ag...


Netherlands – Top intermediaries for freelancers named

27 June 2014

Freelancers and independent contractors, known in the Netherlands as ZZP’ers, rely on staffing intermediaries to provide a number of necessary services, including payment, to allow them to work. In recognition of their importance in the staffing market, online industry publication ZZP Barometer l...


Denmark – International recruitment reform agreed

27 June 2014

The Danish government has agreed with opposition parties Venstre (Left), Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party), Socialistisk Folkeparti (Socialist People’s Party), Liberal Alliance, and Konservative (Conservatives) to reform the country’s international recruitment policy, reports The Copenhage...


Switzerland – Strong growth in job advertisements driven by the finance sector

27 June 2014

The number of jobs advertised across Switzerland increased during the second quarter of 2014, according to the Swiss Job Index (SJI) from international recruitment firm Michael Page. The SJI is a monthly indicator of the number and types of jobs advertised across Switzerland.The data for the repo...