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Switzerland – Swiss German candidates more optimistic than French-speaking applicants

15 April 2015

Job applicants in German-speaking Switzerland are more confident than their French-speaking counterparts about the economic situation and their careers and salary prospects. Page Personnel’s Candidate Confidence Index shows a growing gap between the two regions as the gap increased significantly...


Ireland – Government develops early warning system for jobs

15 April 2015

The Irish Government plans to introduce an early warning system that would highlight any threat to jobs in the recovering economy by this summer as part of its overall new Jobs Strategy according to the Irish Times.The current Live Register sets out the situation in the real economy - only as job...


World – PageGroup reports strong Q1 gross profit growth

14 April 2015

International specialist recruitment firm PageGroup (MPI: LSE) reported gross profit for the first quarter ending 31 March 2015 of £135.6 million, an increase of 10.9% in constant currency (CC) compared with £126.6 million during the same period last year.Gross profit broken down by recruitment t...


Netherlands – Growth in staffing market unbroken for 16 months

14 April 2015

There were 11% more hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands during the third period of 2015 (1 Mar – 28 Mar), compared with the same four week period in 2014, according to the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU).Sales during period two also rose by 11% compared with last ye...


UK – Female workers expect to earn a fifth less

14 April 2015

Men working in some UK industries expect to earn salaries that are almost a third higher than their female counterparts, with the average woman expecting to earn 20% less than a man in the same jobs, according to a survey from job board Reed.co.uk, reports scotsman.com.Accountancy, banking and en...


Europe – Broadening employment recovery but challenges remain

14 April 2015

The economic situation in the EU started gradually improving nearly two years ago, and most Member States have recently registered positive GDP growth. As a result employment has started picking up, with improvements now materialising in most sectors, reports ec.europa.eu.The European Commission’...


France – Growth in temporary worker numbers accelerates

13 April 2015

The number of temporary workers in France increased by 1.5% in February 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from French job centre Pôle Emploi. Compared with January 2015 the number of temporary workers increased by 0.7% to 601,300.In January 2015 Pôle Em...


Netherlands – Engineering staffing firm acquires bankrupt rival

13 April 2015

Dutch engineering staffing firm Clafis Engineers (Ingenieus) has acquired recently bankrupt consulting and project engineering staffing firm Edes-Seagull.With the acquisition of Edes-Seagull, which includes 25 members of staff, Clafis intends to strengthen its oil and gas staffing operations in t...


UK – Outsource acquires engineering staffing firm

13 April 2015

IT, engineering, and financial services recruitment firm Outsource UK last week announced the acquisition of PA Recruit, a staffing firm specialising in the provision of high-level engineering resources to the defence and engineering sectors.Former owner Peter Ainsworth and his team will remain w...


UK – Weak profits set to hamper City hiring

13 April 2015

Market analysis from specialist contract recruitment consultancy Venn Group found that weak company profits look set to threaten City jobs. This warning comes as accountancy firm KPMG announced that Britain’s five largest banking groups must work harder to become more profitable.KPMG’s annual UK...