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UK – Caution still the watchword in financial services hiring

15 April 2014

Despite several reports suggesting that thousands of new jobs could be created in financial services this year, new research claims that institutions still remain very cautious when it comes to taking on new employees for non-business critical positions, reports the Venn Group.Statistics from Ven...


UK – Reed found liable for up to £158 million of unpaid tax by tribunal

14 April 2014

A formal Tribunal ruling has been released concerning the long-running dispute between 12 companies in the Reed Group and HMRC over expenses payments to its workers. The Upper Tribunal has backed an earlier judgment made in January 2012 which found that Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and National Insuran...


Ireland - Jobs up 40% but women undersell themselves

14 April 2014

CPL’s Q1 Employment Market Monitor for 2014 marked the ninth successive quarter of year-on-year growth in jobs posted, since the start of the report in 2012. The rate of growth in Q1 2014, at +40%, was the third highest recorded....


Spain - Sexist ad causes problems

14 April 2014

Certain minimum specifications, including bust size, have caused problems for the Barcelona international comic fair according to the Digital Journal. The organizers, FICOMIC, are in trouble because of a job advertisement placed on their behalf by a recruitment agency, NSH, on that comp...


Norway – Survey identifies unmet skills requirements

14 April 2014

Four out of ten businesses have closed down or delayed business because they were unable to find talent with the right expertise, according to a survey published by the Norwegian employer confederation, NHO. A series of articles published in the Aften Posten daily newspaper describe the scale of...


UK - New jobs show market's insecurity according to the TUC

14 April 2014

Self-employment accounts for 44% of the net rise in employment since mid- 2010, with pensioners, part-time workers and ‘odd-jobbers’ the fastest growing groups of Britain’s new self-employed workforce, the TUC says on Monday ahead of the latest employment figures published later this week.The TUC...


UK – Industry bodies respond to Conduct Regulations announcement

11 April 2014

Both the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and APSCo have responded to the announcement of an amendment to the Conduct Regulations (which govern the conduct of the private recruitment industry in the UK) to prohibit the advertising of UK based jobs elsewhere in the EU without simulta...


France – No professional emails allowed past 6pm?

11 April 2014

Would the best response to staff burnout be to oblige staff to shut down all smartphones and other devices past 6 o’clock? The UK press responded very enthusiastically to the idea yesterday, following reports that a collective labour agreement in France introduced the possibility for certain cate...


Germany – Impact of new minimum wage will be limited according to Randstad/IFO Index

11 April 2014

A survey of over 1,000 personnel managers in Germany has revealed that the impact of the new minimum wage on hiring trends is expected to limited. The Index, developed in collaboration between Randstad and the IFO Institute, is released quarterly and highlights the main trends in temporary agency...


Germany – Student restrictions harming German labour force

11 April 2014

Admission restrictions in certain fields of study are harming the German economy and its efforts to address skills shortages according to reports. ‘Handesblatt’, the German business newspaper, refers to a study by the Centre for Higher Education Development which states that 46% of university cou...