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Netherlands – Job creation and hiring are up

4 January 2016

The Netherlands is hiring more workers with 79% of Dutch companies increasing their workforce in 2015 with 2016 expected to remain strong, according to a ‘Global Snapshot’ study by global recruitment specialist Antal International.

The Netherlands along with China, Qatar and Poland are the countries...


Germany – Number of employed rises to 43 million

4 January 2016

The number of employed workers in Germany increased in 2015 to 43 million people, 0.8% higher than last year, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

The increase in 2015 of 324,000 people (0.8%) is slightly lower than the increase seen last year in 2014 (0.9%)

The total number of employed...


Bulgaria – Unemployment rate jumps

4 January 2016

The unemployment rate in Bulgaria increased to 9.9% in November 2015, up 0.4% from the previous month, according to the Bulgaria Labour Office.

The number of unemployed rose to a total 324,060 registered, 11,145 more than in October. The rise in unemployment has been attributed to the end of the summer...


UK – Number of job vacancies hit post-recession high, despite warning of skills shortage

31 December 2015

The number of job vacancies has hit a post-recession high of over 1.2 million, a new report by UK jobs site Adzuna shows.

Adzuna has stated that vacancies have increased by almost a third over the past year. November saw 1,244,772 jobs advertised, many for seasonal roles, overtaking the previous record...


UK – CIPD: Flexible labour market to continue to grow

31 December 2015

According to London-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development, 2016 pay forecasts will likely break employment record while the UK’s flexible labour market will continue to grow.

The average wage growth is also expected to plateau...


UK – Sports Direct set to raise minimum wage

31 December 2015

UK-based sports retailer has announced that it will pay its employees above the national minimum wage from 1 January 2016, after coming under fire for its employment practices and claims that it pays workers less than minimum wage.

The move to raise the minimum wage for its direct employees and casual...


Germany – Labour market study shows workers satisfied despite stress

31 December 2015

The vast majority of workers in Germany feel satisfied doing their job, despite being highly stressed according to a study on the labour market by the German-based staffing firm, Orizon GmbH.

According to the study, about half of the workers complained of physical stress in the workplace. In addition,...


Netherlands – Report shows increased labour does not translate into higher pay

31 December 2015

According to a report compiled by CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek), a Dutch bureau for labour and economic statistics, increased labour productivity in the Netherlands has not translated into higher pay for employees. 

The full report by CBS, reveals that after the credit crisis in 2008,...


UK – Founder of Blue Arrow recruitment agency dies at 87

31 December 2015

The founder of UK-based employment and recruitment agency Blue Arrow, Sheila Watson-Challis, has died at her home in Harpenden at the age of 87. Birch had set up the agency on a part-time basis in St Albans in 1959 and built up a variety of linked businesses over the next two decades.

In 1981, Tony Berry,...


UK – 2015 jobs report shows hiring improves for gig economy

30 December 2015

Professional hiring for the gig economy has strengthened during 2015 with increases in temporary placements doubling those of permanent position according to survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

The gig economy is projected to be worth GBP 2 billion by 2020 according...