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Sweden – Profits rise but revenues fall at Proffice

16 April 2014

Swedish staffing firm Proffice AB (PROEB: SS) reported revenue for the year ending 31 December 2013 of SEK 4.3 billion (€473.7 million), a fall of -12% from SEK 4.9 billion (€539.7 million) last year. However, the company achieved a +14% increase in operating profit, year-on-year, from SEK 110 (€...


UK – Staffgroup reports revenue growth

16 April 2014

London-based international recruitment firm Staffgroup announced improved financial results for the year ending 31 December 2013, with revenue rising to £42.5 million, up by +24% from £34.2 million in 2012. The company reported gross profit of £11 million, equating to growth of +18% from £9....


UK – Unemployment drops to 6.9%

16 April 2014

The latest estimates for December 2013 to February 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that employment continued to increase and unemployment continued to fall, as did the number of economically inactive people aged between 16 and 64.During the three month period, un...


UK – 450,000 self-employed Brits would rather have a ‘normal’ job

16 April 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to register as self-employed after failing to find jobs elsewhere reports The Independent. In a further bonus for the Coalition government, separate statistics also reveal that wage rises have finally overtaken inflation for the first time in...


Europe – Nearly half of EU jobless out of work for a year

16 April 2014

Long-term unemployment is at record levels across the European Union, with nearly half of those out of work having been jobless for more than a year, according to data from Eurostat, the statistical body of the EU.Of those unemployed in the EU, 47.5% have been in that position for more than 12 mo...


UK – HCL win Bleasdale appeal

16 April 2014

Healthcare recruitment firm HCL announced yesterday that it has been successful in defending the appeal of HCL’s former CEO and Executive Vice Chairman, Kate Bleasdale, against the 2012 Judgment of the Central London Employment Tribunal that she had been fairly dismissed. The Employment Appeal Tr...


World – PageGroup’s Q1 reports organic gross profit growth across all regions

15 April 2014

Specialist recruitment firm PageGroup (MPI: LSE) reported gross profit of £126.6 million equating to growth of +6.8% in constant currency during the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year.The company’s temporary recruitment business reported year-on-year gross profit growth...


Netherlands – Sales and hours worked rising across major sectors

15 April 2014

Statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed that the number of hours worked by temporary workers increased by +3% during period three of 2014 (3 March – 30 March 2014), compared with the same period last year. Sales during the period also rose by +3%, year-on...


Sweden – Proffice strengthens management team and invests in future

15 April 2014

Swedish staffing firm Proffice (PROEB: SS) announced that commencing 1 June 2014, the company is implementing a change in its organisation to create a more simple and clear structure. The group management is being strengthened by bringing the heads of the group's four largest business units; Prof...


Germany – Scheme to recruit young European jobseekers halted

15 April 2014

Germany said Monday it was no longer accepting applications for a programme to attract young Europeans to its job market, due to overwhelming demand from crisis-ravaged countries, reports globalpost.com.The labour ministry said it had been flooded with interest from jobseekers, particularly from...