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Czech Republic – Prolonging the recruitment process can be a double-edged sword

26 June 2014

The efficiency of the recruitment process has suffered badly since the global financial crisis struck in 2008, especially for management roles, according to research from Czech recruitment firm Anderson Willinger Executive Search.In response to the tougher market condition, companies have become...


France – Labour Minister calls for greater retention of older workers

26 June 2014

Since 2008, unemployed people over the age of 50 has been the fastest growing group of jobseekers across France, according to François Rebsamen, France’s Minister for Labour, Employment, and Social Dialogue, reports travail-emploi.gouv.fr.Speaking at a meeting earlier this week, Mr Rebsamen expla...


UK – Sickness rates down, but long-term absences on the rise

26 June 2014

Sickness absence rates across the UK have fallen to a record low, as employees’ mental health enhances, reports the 2014 Sickness Absence survey published by EEF, a manufacturing industry body, and Jelf Employee Benefits, an employee benefits consultancy.According to the survey, the overall...


Netherlands – Vebego’s recruitment division continues to struggle

25 June 2014

Dutch services and recruitment firm Vebego reported revenue for the year ending 31 December 2013 of €737.1 million, an increase of +0.3% compared with €734.9 million for the year ending 31 December 2012. Gross profit for the year remained relatively stable at €163 million, while net income f...


Netherlands – Economic recovery boosting temporary recruitment

25 June 2014

The economic recovery across the Netherlands has translated into a rapidly growing number of hours worked by temporary workers. Although the economy shrank by -1.4% during the first quarter, compared with the previous quarter, this follows three quarters of growth, underlying the broader recovery...


UK – Ban on exclusive zero-hours contracts announced

25 June 2014

Workers on zero-hours contracts will have the freedom to work with more than one employer following plans to ban exclusivity clauses announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable.Exclusivity clauses prevent an individual from working for another employer, even when no work is guaranteed. It is wide...


Germany – Real wages rise but remain higher in the West

25 June 2014

Real wages in Germany rose at their fastest rate in three years during the first quarter of 2014, compared with the same quarter last year, according to data from the Federal Statistics Office, reports personaldienstleister.de.Year-on-year, during the first quarter of 2014 real wages, adjusted fo...


UK – French language skills most in demand

25 June 2014

Close to two-thirds of firms across the UK are eager to recruit staff who speak foreign languages, reports hrmasia.com. French is till ranked as the most sought-after language, but Spanish and Mandarin speakers are now more in demand than ever before.Katja Hall, Deputy Director General of the Con...


Europe – Temporary contract numbers up, but most are involuntary

24 June 2014

The number of temporary contracts rose between 2008 and 2012, according to the European Vacancy and Recruitment Report 2014. In 2012, 58% of all hiring was through temporary contracts, most of them involuntary, showing that jobseekers are often forced to accept temporary or part-time positions.In...


Scotland – Contractors reject independence

24 June 2014

The majority of Scotland’s freelancers, contractors, and self-employed professionals believe that Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom, according to a survey from accountancy firm ClearSky Contractor Accounting.With the September 18th referendum looming; ClearSky polled its Scotland-...