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UK - Unemployment rate dips below 6%

22 January 2015

The UK’s unemployment rate has fallen below 6% for the first time in six years, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics yesterday.For the three months from September to November, the percentage of the workforce looking for work was 5.8%, lower than the previous t...


UK – Empresaria Group issues a positive trading update

22 January 2015

Empresaria Group plc, the international specialist staffing group, today issued a trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2014, ahead of announcing its final results on Thursday 5 March 2015.The update indicates that full year profitability will be slightly ahead of market expecta...


Switzerland – Adecco can perform for investors despite Swiss Bank’s removal of exchange rate cap

22 January 2015

Adecco’s share price fell significantly after Switzerland’s National Bank (SNB) dropped a bombshell in foreign-exchange markets last week by announcing it would no longer hold the Swiss franc (CHF) at a fixed exchange rate with the euro. In the wake of the announcement on 15 January 2015 there wa...


Italy - Struggling to compete for young talent

22 January 2015

Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg made the podium, while Italy did not make the top 20, reports Il Sole 24 Ore. That is the conclusion of the 2014 Challenge Global Talent Index (Gcti), the report made by the business school Insead in collaboration with the Human Capital Labour Institute of Si...


UK – Reed survey reveals career priorities vary across occupations

22 January 2015

Workers in accounting and finance roles are more satisfied than those in other roles, according to a survey conducted by Maltese-headquartered recruiter Reed. As many as 90% of respondents in accountancy and finance said they were satisfied in their roles.With research revealing workers in accoun...


Netherlands – Dutch staffing market ends year on a high

21 January 2015

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands increased by 11% during Period 13 (1 December – 28 December) compared with a year ago, according to statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU).Industry turnover during the period increased by 11%, yea...


UK – General elections shed uncertainty on the contract recruitment market

21 January 2015

With a general election set to take place in May, there is a feeling of uncertainty about what the future holds for the jobs market among contract recruiters.This is the finding of a new report from contract recruitment specialist Venn Group, which believes the slower rates of growth recorded in...


UK – On the ethical bankruptcy of the recruitment industry

21 January 2015

As the UK election season gets underway, the use of temporary workers has come in for criticism from both inside and outside the recruitment industry.Following an account by Guardian journalist Aditya Chakrabortty on the difficulty an agency worker was finding in making ends meet, Director and co...


Northern Ireland – Engineering recruiter opens office in Singapore

21 January 2015

A Belfast recruitment consultancy for the energy and environmental industries has opened a new office in Singapore.Xellient received support from Northern Ireland's regional economic development agency (Invest NI) to set up the office, which services clients across Asia.Founder and managing direc...


Scotland - Report shows jobs and salary growth

21 January 2015

The number of people in permanent jobs grew along with starting salaries in the last month of 2014, according to a report from the Bank of Scotland. The growth is evidence of the economic recovery which should continue this year, according to the news portal Fife Today.Research found that permane...