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UK – REC expresses disappointment at David Cameron’s comments on staffing industry

2 October 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron, at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, outlined his manifesto for the forthcoming general election in May 2015; promising the people of Britain full employment and three million apprentices if the Tory’s are re-elected.Addressing one of the biggest contr...


UK – Female managers to work until 80 if they want to earn as much as men

2 October 2014

New salary figures show that a ‘mid-life pay crisis’ is hitting female managers, with women aged 40+ earning -35% less than men, according to data published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and salary specialists XpertHR.In order to earn the same as a male manager over their career, a...


UK – Thousands more working following abolishment of default retirement age

2 October 2014

In honour of International Older People’s Day (1 October), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that, since the abolishment of the default retirement age on 1 October 2011, there are now 1.1 million workers aged 65 or above, compared with 874,000 three years ago.Since the end of th...


Italy – Renzi wins vote on labour market reforms

1 October 2014

Following a five-hour party meeting on Monday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi secured support for broad-brush proposals which will, supposedly, extend jobless benefits, cut the number of short-term contracts, boost the roles of employment agencies, and reduce job protection for permanent wor...


Netherlands – Temporary staffing growth eases as summer season draws to a close

1 October 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands increased by +8% during  period nine (18 August – 14 September) compared with the same period last year, according to the latest figures from the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU).This follows growth of +9% in the...


France – Temporary worker numbers up in Q2

1 October 2014

At the end of the second quarter 2014, there were 541,900 temporary workers in France, an increase of +2.6% compared with Q1 2014, according to the Ministry of Labour. The Statistical Directorate of the Ministry (Dares) identified 14,000 more workers in June, compared with the previous quarter.Gr...


UK – Staffing firms culling rogue suppliers following self-employment legislation

1 October 2014

Legislation around false self-employment has prompted a cull of so-called “cowboy” supply chain partners by staffing firms, according to research from Optionis, the parent company of outsourced employment provider Parasol and contractor accountant ClearSky.  All 16 senior recruitment industr...


UK – Employers binning CVs because they don’t understand qualifications

1 October 2014

Four-out-of-10 (42%) employers admit to rejecting CVs due to a lack of understanding, while the majority find the jargon and acronyms candidates use confusing, according to new research published by City & Guilds, which develops programmes of learning, certification, and assessment.The resear...


UK – Above inflation rise for National Minimum Wage comes into force

1 October 2014

More than one million of Britain’s lowest paid workers will receive an above-inflation increase to their wages following the introduction of the new National Minimum Wage, effective from today.The rate rise to £6.50 per hour, the first real terms cash increase since 2008, follows the recommendati...


UK – Harvey Nash reports improved half-year performance

30 September 2014

Staffing firm Harvey Nash (HVN: LSE) reported revenue for the six months ending 31 July 2014 of £355.9 million, an increase of +12.2% in constant currency compared with £329.2 million during the same period last year.Gross profit for the period rose by +5.9% in constant currency to £43.6 million,...