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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...


UK – Zero-hours contract workers earning substantially less per week than permanent employees

15 December 2014

Workers on zero-hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to a new report from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), reports uk.news.yahoo.com. A study by the TUC showed that average earnings for zero-hours workers are £188 per week, compared to £479 for peop...


UK – New infrastructure projects to drive demand for contract engineers

15 December 2014

Investment in transport infrastructure will drive demand for contractors in engineering in the new year, according to an analysis by umbrella employment provider, giant group.Results from the organisation’s latest study of its contractor base found that engineering professionals believe there wil...


Netherlands – USG People acquires majority share in VMS, announces +3% growth in Oct/Nov

12 December 2014

Dutch staffing firm USG People (USG: NL) reported revenue growth of +3% during October and November, compared with the same two-month period last year. This follows year-on-year growth of +2% in the month of September.Revenue in the Netherlands during Oct-Nov 2014 increased by +3%, compared with...


Norway – NES announces acquisition and appointment of company CEO

12 December 2014

UK-based technical manpower specialists NES Global Talent announced that it has acquired Energy People, a leading provider of consultancy, advisory and manpower solutions to the energy industry in Norway. Financial details of the acquisition were not released.It is NES Global Talent’s second acqu...