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UK – Flexible labour force to propel economy to fifth biggest by 2020

7 July 2014

Britain's younger workforce and flexible labour market will help to propel it above France as the world’s fifth largest economy before the end of the decade, according to new research from PwC, reports The Telegraph.PwC said rapid employment growth and the robust performance of the UK economy ove...


UK – City recruitment hit by cost-cutting

7 July 2014

The City of London remained a weak spot in the UK’s otherwise booming jobs market last month, with new vacancies down -11%, compared with the same time a year ago, according to recruitment firm Astbury Marsden, reports The Financial Times.Cost-cutting at European and UK investment banks depressed...


Europe – Randstad Innovation Fund invests in online staffing platform twago

7 July 2014

The Randstad Innovation Fund (RIF) has announced its second ever investment, this time in twago, the largest pan-European online staffing platform. RIF is Randstad’s strategic corporate venture fund set up to invest in HR technologies, in order to ensure future, innovative solutions to make HR pr...


UK – DRC Locums merges with HCIG

4 July 2014

DRC Locums, a provider of medical staff to both the public and private sectors across the UK, has merged with HCIG (Human Capital Investment Group) in a move that will continue to strengthen its presence in the Health and Social Care Sector.DRC is an approved staffing supplier to the NHS and curr...


UK – Staffline trading in line with expectations

4 July 2014

Following the announcement earlier this week that recruitment company Staffline (STAF: LSE) has acquired Leicester-based training procurement consultancy Skillspoint, the company confirmed today that its current trading remains positive and earnings for the six months ending 30 June 2014 are in l...


Belgium – Temporary staffing industry appears to be thriving

4 July 2014

There were, on average, 82,819 FTE (full-time equivalent) temporary workers working across Belgium every day last year, according to a survey from Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.Including working students, there were 534,819 people working in a temporary capacity last year,...


Netherlands – Employment Agency of the Year announced

4 July 2014

Three recruitment agencies across the Netherlands have been recognised as the best firms in their category during an award ceremony for the ‘Employment Agency of the Year 2014’. Established in 2006, the award ceremony was launched by Q&A Research & Consultancy and payroll and back office...


UK – Minorities left behind in the job market

4 July 2014

Research published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) shows that unemployment among ethnic minority groups and women is higher than the national average, reports economia.icaew.com.Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said it was important that all aspects of society could experie...


France – Groupe Crit acquires yet another US staffing company

3 July 2014

French recruitment firm Groupe Crit (CEN: FP) today announced the acquisition of California-based specialist IT and project management staffing company, Actium Consulting. The acquisition was made via Groupe Crit’s US subsidiary PeopleLink. Actium Consulting achieved revenue of USD 20 million in...


UK – New vacancies up +25% in H1 2014

3 July 2014

The number of new job vacancies across the UK between January and June 2014 increased by +25%, compared with the same period last year, according to the Job Index from job board reed.co.uk.Figures released by Reed show a continued rise in the availability of new vacancies during the first half of...