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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...


Georgia – Government pledges to improve labour legislation

21 January 2015

The Georgian government has pledged it will modernise the labour environment in the country. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili discussed this issue yesterday with Special Adviser to the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Kari Tapiola.Garibahsvili said the Government...


World – Switzerland and Singapore top the Global Talent Competitiveness Index

20 January 2015

INSEAD, the leading international business school, today released the 2014 edition of its annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). The study, which focuses on the topic of ‘growing talent for today and tomorrow’, was produced in collaboration with the Human Capital Leadership Institute...


UK - London’s expansion leaves city firms struggling to find workers

20 January 2015

Firms in the capital have more difficulty than those anywhere else in the country filling vacancies, according to a study out today from jobs site Indeed, as reported by City AM.In the south east, including London, 28% of vacancies are left unfilled after three months, compared with a UK-wide ave...


Benelux – Stepstone acquires IT job boards

20 January 2015

StepStone announced last week the acquisition of ictjob SPRL, with its sites ictjob.be and ictjob.lu which are claimed to be the leading job boards in Belgium and Luxemburg for IT professionals. StepStone, a generalist job site, wants to enhance its positioning in the IT recruitment sector in Bel...


UK – Retailer to pay staff millions after holiday pay ruling

20 January 2015

Workers at John Lewis and Waitrose are set to receive payments worth millions of pounds between them in response to legal changes governing holiday pay according to the CIPD.The retailer has acknowledged overtime inclusion by changing its reward practices. The employee-owned retail group announce...