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UK - NHS England cap on agency payments comes into effect

23 November 2015

A controversial cap on spending on NHS agency staff comes into effect in England today in a bid to save over £1.3 billion over the next three years.

By April 2016, NHS trusts will not be able to pay agency staff, such as doctors and nurses, more than 55% more for a shift than a permanent member of staff....

Russia — Get ready for tough, new temp agency law, report says

23 November 2015

A new law in Russia prohibiting ‘outstaffing’ (the local term for temporary staffing) will take effect on 1 January 2016, and a report from CMS Russia says the majority of companies that use recruitment firms for temporary staff will be affected by it.

Temp staffing users are encouraged to review...

UK — InterQuest Group names new CFO

23 November 2015

Technology recruiter InterQuest Group plc (AIM: ITQ.L), has appointed David Bygrave as CFO effective 1 December 2015.

Bygrave has experience in the CFO role within the technology sector having most recently served as CFO of Caplin Group from 2010 until the sale of the company earlier this year.

The announcement...

Sweden — Wise Group reports Q3 sales rose 20%

20 November 2015

Wise Group reported in a trading update tha sales rose 20% to SEK 137.0 million (€14.5 million) for the third quarter, and operating profit jumped to SEK 5.8 million (€612,101) from 1.6 million in the same period last year. The company also reported profit before taxes was reported in euros at €6.1...

Switzerland — Country tops global talent competitiveness list

20 November 2015

Switzerland topped the list of best countries for developing, attracting and retaining business talent, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center, an organization that studies world competitiveness.

The research ranks Denmark second and Luxembourg third. Rounding out the top10 are Norway, the...

UK — 53% say boards lack skills to handle digital disruption

20 November 2015

A new report by Harvey Nash found that 53% of non-executive directors believe their boards lack the skills to tackle digital disruption, rating it as by far the most needed skill to improve board performance.

Forty five per cent of board members come from a finance or corporate strategy background, but...

UK — Business leaders sign letter over aging society

20 November 2015

A group of business leaders have signed an open letter pledging to help make the UK’s ageing society and economy more sustainable over the next five years. “Without action, our ageing society poses a risk to the UK economy and our business”.

Shortages in the economy are already occurring, according...

Global — Randstad Sourceright expands leadership team

19 November 2015

Randstad Sourceright appointed four executives to its managed services program leadership team to meet growing demand for talent-related advising.

They include: Steve Helmholz, VP, talent solutions; Peter Hirano, senior VP, client service; Elliot Owens, VP, business intelligence; Nannette Reeves, senior...

Netherlands — Adecco Netherlands names new CEO

19 November 2015

Adecco Group Netherlands announced Hans Pruis will be officially appointed as CEO effective Jan. 1, according to Flexnieuws. Pruis takes over from Patrick Bakker who has held the position for five years.

Pruis has worked at Adecco Group Netherlands since 2007 and has previously worked in various executive...

UK — Recruitment industry rises 10% in last fiscal year, REC report says

19 November 2015

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) eighth annual Recruitment Industry Trends Survey report shows total recruitment industry turnover rose 9.7% in the 12 months ended March 2015 to reach £31.5 billion in revenue, its best year ever reported.

The report showed the growth was led by improved...