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France – Pixid secure private equity investment to accelerate growth

16 October 2015

French vendor management system (VMS) provider Pixid today announced that it is reorganising its capital structure around its management team; with the arrival of private equity firm Keensight Capital as a majority shareholder. 

Founded in 2004 by Adecco France, Manpower France, and Randstad (ex-Vediorbis);...

Switzerland – Slight uptick in temporary workers not indicative of a recovery

16 October 2015

The Swiss staffing sector reported marginal growth of 1.9% in the number of temporary workers in September 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Swiss Staffing, the Swiss Federation of Staffing Companies.

It should be noted, however, that the comparison base...

UK – Optionis acquires tax rebate solutions firm Arnsco

16 October 2015

Business services provider Optionis today announced that it has acquired tax rebate solutions specialist, Arnsco. The deal is the fifth takeover to be completed by the Cheshire-headquartered firm in the past two years, and follows December's acquisition of London-based tax specialist Brian Alfred Associates...

Europe – Private employment services improve labour market participation and diversity

15 October 2015

The European Confederation of Private Employment Services (Eurociett) has released a position paper on the contribution of private employment services to labour market participation and diversity.

According to Eurociett, private employment services are key drivers of labour market participation and more...

UK – Retention set to become more challenging than recruitment

15 October 2015

Over half (54%) of UK businesses feel that retention will become as a big a challenge for businesses as recruitment over the next ten years, according to recruitment firm Capita Resourcing. Nearly three-quarters (73%) also think employees are becoming more demanding and aware of their skills and 'brand'....

UK – APSCo Awards for Excellence 2015 winners announced

15 October 2015

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) yesterday announced the winners of its 2015 APSCo Awards for Excellence. These annual awards recognise and celebrate achievement in the recruitment profession and are an indicator of professional standards throughout this sector.

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UK – Employment rate hits record high

15 October 2015

The UK employment rate hit 73.6% in the three months to August 2015, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The employment rate is at its highest since records began in 1971 and marginally above the pre-downturn peak of 73% recorded in early 2008.

As a result, the...

UK – Government launches two recruitment sector consultation papers

14 October 2015

The UK government yesterday launched two public consultation papers. The first is entitled “Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market” and the second relates to proposed changes to the regulatory framework for the recruitment sector.

The first consultation paper is seeking views from the public on...

UK – Wage cap on “rip off” temporary healthcare staff announced, REC hits back

14 October 2015

As part of a “tougher clampdown” on staffing, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a pay cap on agency staff as well as limits to how much each organisation can spend with temporary staffing agencies, reports nationalhealthexecutive.com.

The hourly price cap is expected to save £1 billion on...

UK – Empresaria to acquire US healthcare staffing group

14 October 2015

International staffing firm Empresaria Group (EMR: LSE) yesterday announced that it has conditionally agreed to acquire US-based healthcare staffing group PS. Based in Massachusetts, the company focuses primarily on pharmacy benefit managers. 

PS represents the Group’s first acquisition in the...