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UK – Staffline announces acquisition of Skillspoint

2 July 2014

Nottingham-based recruitment firm Staffline Group PLC (STAF: LSE) announced today the acquisition of Leicester-based training procurement consultancy Softmist Limited, which trades as Skillspoint.Financial details of the acquisition were not released.Following the acquisition in May 2014 of Avant...


France – Growth in temporary staffing but caution urged

2 July 2014

Temporary employment across France increased by +2.3% in May 2014, compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from the French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi. This follows declines of -1% in April, -2% in March, -2.4% in February, and -2.7% in January 2014. Ho...


UK – Rethink announces three-year contract extension with Marks & Spencer

2 July 2014

Talent management and recruitment services provider Rethink Group (RTG: AIM) confirmed today that it has extended its contract with retail chain Marks and Spencer (M&S) for a further three years.  Under the terms of the extended Managed Service contract, which commenced in June 2014, Ret...


Northern Ireland – Alexander Mann to open service centre in Belfast

2 July 2014

International recruitment firm Alexander Mann Solutions has announced plans to establish a service centre in Belfast, reports The BBC. The new centre is expected to create 250 new jobs for the region.First Minister Peter Robinson said: "I am delighted to welcome another world-class company t...


UK – Transport recruiter opens six new offices

2 July 2014

A Cheshire-based transport recruitment company, Drivers Direct, announced that it is set to open six new offices across England and create 180 new jobs, reports insidermedia.com. The company, which provides temporary and permanent drivers, is set to grow following a +20% increase in turnover to £...


UK – Companies fined after agency workers injured

2 July 2014

In separate incidents, two companies have been prosecuted and fined following injuries to agency workers in England last year. A Northampton logistics firm was fined £11,000 and ordered to pay £1,067 in costs after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations (2005). The firm was pro...


UK – Enhanced code of ethics for executive recruiters launched

1 July 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable today launched a new code of conduct for head hunters and executive recruiters in a bid to support more female appointments to FTSE 350 boards, reports ibtimes.co.uk.The Enhanced Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms comes after more than 70 firms sig...


Germany – Number of job vacancies hits two-year high

1 July 2014

The number of job vacancies in Germany has risen to a two-year high, according to data from the Institute for Labour Market and Employment Research (IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), reports newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).According to the research the rise in vacanci...


UK – Parity CEO steps down to concentrate on Group’s IT division

1 July 2014

Specialist technology staffing company Parity (PTY: AIM) has reiterated its announcement, made in the Chairman’s AGM statement on 29 May 2014, that Paul Davies will be stepping down from his role as Group Chief Executive Officer with effect from today, 1 July 2014.Mr Davies will concentrate on hi...


UK – McGregor Boyall opens new office in Manchester

1 July 2014

International recruitment firm McGregor Boyall announced that it is opening a new office in Manchester. The company already offers recruitment services in London, Edinburgh, Dubai, and Singapore.Laurie Boyall, Managing Director, commented: “We are now reaping the benefits of our diversification s...