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Northern Ireland – Agency worker wins thousands in injury claim

17 December 2014

A Slovakian agency worker who injured his back lifting a washing machine at an electrical retailer's distribution warehouse is to receive more than £44,000 in damages, reports the Belfast Telegraph. Marek Belkovic was awarded the pay-out after a judge at the High Court in Belfast found his e...


Europe – Eurociett welcomes Commission’s plan to deliver jobs in 2015

17 December 2014

The European Commission yesterday adopted its Work Programme for 2015, setting out the actions it intends to take over the next 12 months to make a real difference for jobs, growth, and investment.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “This Commission was elected on th...


UK – Hays appointed to large public services professional buying organisation

16 December 2014

Hays has been appointed to the Strategic HR Services framework for the ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation), one of the UK's largest public services professional buying organisations. The ESPO Strategic HR Services framework is an agreement through which customers; within local and...


Netherlands – Many freelancers consider themselves falsely self-employed

16 December 2014

In an anonymous survey of 1,172 self-employed freelancers (known locally as zzp’ers), one-in-13 (7.7%) consider themselves to be falsely self-employed, according to a survey from ZZP Barometer.The Dutch Bureau for Statistics estimated that there were 714,100 zzp’ers working in the Netherlands in...


UK – Optionis acquires tax specialist

16 December 2014

Business and freelancer services group Optionis; parent company to umbrella firm Parasol, and contractor accounting specialist, ClearSky, has acquired tax specialists Brian Alfred Associates for an undisclosed sum, the fourth acquisition by Optionis in the past 18 months.Following the acquis...


UK – Lord Ashcroft appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Impellam

16 December 2014

Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of recruitment firm Impellam Group (IPEL: AIM), the second largest staffing firm in the UK, with immediate effect.Impellam Group is one of Lord Ashcroft’s many business interests in the UK. According to the company’s most r...


Switzerland – Job sharing too inefficient, say employers

16 December 2014

Less than a fifth of Swiss companies offer employees the opportunity to job share, according to a survey by recruitment firm Robert Half. The practice of splitting a position between two employees was considered inefficient by a third of the Swiss firms surveyed.According to a survey of 1,200 bus...


UK – Empresaria acquires marketing recruiter

15 December 2014

International recruitment firm Empresaria (EMR: AIM) announced that it has acquired a 75% stake in UK-based recruitment firm Ball and Hoolahan Limited, which specialises in serving the marketing industry.The consideration of up to £1.5 million comprises an initial cash payment of £1 million, with...


Scotland – Pace of staff placements eases, as economy grows but slows

15 December 2014

There was further growth in staff placements across Scotland during November, according to the Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, although the pace eased somewhat compared with previous months. Strong upward pressure on salaries and wages was maintained, as demand for staff continued to grow, albei...


UK – Employers could face jail for hiring migrant workers on “significantly different” terms

15 December 2014

Employers who exploit migrant workers by paying them significantly less than Britons doing the same job face jail under a Labour government, opposition leader Ed Miliband will announce today, reports The Times. The Labour leader will make clear that he believes employers can be guilty of a c...