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UK – IT contractors predict rate rise for third year

19 March 2014

For the third consecutive year, IT contractors are expecting a pay increase, according to research carried out by professional umbrella employment provider, giant group. Results from the organisation’s latest survey indicate that 71% of respondents believe rates will increase over the next 12 mon...


Netherlands – Independent contractors happier than ever

18 March 2014

The vast majority of skilled freelancers prefer their current situation to the permanent employment relationship, according to a survey conducted by the Dutch firm Interim Puls.As many as 71% of these respondents indicated they preferred working as independent contractors. Furthermore, they rated...


UK – Hays chief executive hopes for a budget that will support SMEs and STEM education.

18 March 2014

Hays Chief Executive, Alistair Cox, has expressed his hope that today’s Budget will stimulate the UK’s optimism and aid long-term economic recovery; specifically through supporting SMEs and boosting STEM education.Outlining his wishes in the Telegraph, Cox states that ‘while the Chancellor h...


UK – Leaked memo reveals plans to scrap government jobs website

18 March 2014

The government has drawn up plans to scrap its official jobs website, Universal Jobmatch, after recognising it is too expensive and that its purpose is undermined by fake and repeat job entries, according to a report in the Guardian. The newspaper alleges to have seen leaked internal communicatio...


UK - Hitman? Drug mule? All jobs considered

18 March 2014

Following the above article about the possible closure of Universal Jobmatch the Guardian journalist John Cracehas published three of the listed jobs that almost definitely weren't real, or at least we hope so:MI6 target elimination specialist: Seasoned jobseekers will have quickly spotted this o...


UK – Immigration rules change from 6 April

18 March 2014

In an effort to curb immigration and ensure the UK can access the right talent from overseas, the Government published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1138 last week. The employment law firm Lewis Silkin presents an overview of the main points. Most changes apply to applications su...


Netherlands – Staffing market improving

18 March 2014

Statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed that both the number of hours worked by temporary staff and the turnover generated by firms increased by +4% during period 2 (weeks 5-8), compared with the same period a year ago. This period had an equal number of...


UK - Hydrogen announces fall in profits despite record revenue

17 March 2014

UK recruitment firm Hydrogen Group PLC (HYDG: LSE) today released its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2013. The group reported a +9% increase in revenue which totalled a record £181.6 million.Net fee income rose by 2% to £31.9 million. Profit before tax, however, declined by 25%...


Denmark - Jobindex shows revenue up but profits down in 2013

17 March 2014

Scandinavian online job board Jobindex A/S (JOBNX: CPH) has published its 2013 results and outlined its predictions for 2014.  Revenue in 2013 was DKK 135 million (€18.1 million), an increase of +19% compared to DKK 113 million (€15.18 million) in 2012. Most of the growth comes from the acqu...


France – Strong increase in Temporary jobs

17 March 2014

In January 2014 there were 608,000 temporary workers in France, an increase of +7.7% compared with the same month last year, equating to an additional 43,500 temporary jobs, according to the latest statistics from the French job centre Pôle Emploi.The largest increase in job number was for profes...