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UK - Half of British businesses are planning to expand their workforce in 2015

22 December 2014

One half of British businesses are planning to expand their workforce in 2015, with jobs projected to be created in all UK regions, and permanent jobs outstripping temporary work, according to a new survey conducted by the CBI and Accenture.There is concern, however, that  skills gaps could...


UK – City Pay Rises likely to continue into 2015

22 December 2014

This year has seen a sharp increase in the proportion of respondents receiving a pay rise with 62% receiving a rise compared to less than half last year; less than 3% received a decrease in pay, a small fall on last year according to a survey by Astbury Marsden....


Netherlands - Jobseekers give preference to flexitime

22 December 2014

Apart from pay, flexibility is one the most important characteristic that job seekers are looking for according to a survey by Dutch recruitment firm Unique in collaboration with research company Motivaction International. 41% of respondents are looking for a flexible contract while only just ove...


UK – The Care Quality Commission will be hiring

22 December 2014

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is still 559 inspectors short of the total number it thinks it needs by the end of next year according to the Local Government Chronicle. The watchdog needs to grow its inspection workforce by 66% in one year to try to hit its target, underlining the scale of the...


Netherlands – Abiant acquires regional rival

19 December 2014

Abiant Holding, one of the largest private staffing companies based in the north of the Netherlands, has announced that it will acquire another large private staffing company in the region, MF Uitzendbureau. Following the acquisition, which will carried out in phases and be completed on 1 Ja...


Europe – Obesity can constitute a disability, says European Court of Justice

19 December 2014

The European Court of justice has ruled that obesity can constitute a disability within the meaning of the Employment Equality Directive. The case stems from Denmark where an obese worker, claims he was dismissed after 15 years due to his weight.Karsten Kaltoft worked for the Municipality of Bill...


UK – Legal judgments expected in 2015

19 December 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, Lawspeed, a consultancy which specialises in recruitment and employment law, has rounded up some of the significant employment law decisions expected in 2015.Judgments expected in 2015 include legal cases pending on the calculation of holiday pay and the interpretation o...


UK – Global brands back REC’s responsible recruitment campaign

19 December 2014

Kellogg’s, Diageo, Yell, PepsiCo, McDonalds and Mercedes-Benz have all signed up to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) Good Recruitment Campaign in recent months, demonstrating their commitment to best practice recruitment.  A total of 58 organisations have signed the...


UK – Recruitment sector reports strong M&A outlook

18 December 2014

Almost half of all recruitment firms are considering making an acquisition over the next three years, as post-recession growth is firmly back on the agenda, according to the Recruitment 2015 report from business advisory and accountancy firm BDO.More than four-out-of-10 (46%) of recruitment consu...


UK – The staffing sector must not become collateral damage in HMRC consultation, says APSCo

18 December 2014

Responding to the announcement that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to consult on travel and subsistence tax relief for temporary workers; Samantha Hurley, Head of External Affairs & Compliance at the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) commented:“The Autumn S...