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Sweden – Unpaid job trials are exploitative and akin to slavery, says Union

18 February 2015

Asking people to participate in unpaid job trials before they are offered employment is a ruthless way to exploit them and the practice should be banned, according to Leif Håkansson of Swedish labour union IF Metall, reports The Gothenburg Post.Mr Håkansson, in his article, lamented the fact that...


Italy – Gi Group announces growth and expansion ambitions

17 February 2015

Despite a relatively static global economy and no significant changes in OECD unemployment rates, 2014 proved a successful year for Italian staffing company Gi Group.The multi-national company, with a network of 500 branches, reported revenue growth of 18% to just under €1.4 billion in 2014, comp...


Netherlands – Staffing industry growth continues into 2015

17 February 2015

There were 11% more hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands during the first four weeks of 2015 (5th-30th January/period one), compared with the same four week period in 2015, according to the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU).Sales during period one also rose by 11% comp...


Netherlands – DPA sells minority stake in ICT Automatisering

17 February 2015

Dutch staffing firm DPA Group (DPA: NL) has sold its 20.4% stake in Dutch technology company ICT Automatisering. The move follows protracted attempts by the staffing company to agree a merger deal with the company.DPA Group acquired the 20.4% in the company for approximately €8.3 million (€4.60 p...


Scotland – Job market shows signs of cooling

17 February 2015

January’s Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs indicated a cooling in Scotland’s jobs market at the start of the year, with growth of permanent appointments slowing and temporary billings down from the previous month.Growth of staff pay moderated from recent highs, while demand for staff also increase...


Denmark – Jobindex reports strong growth in Q4 revenue and earnings

16 February 2015

Danish job board Jobindex (JOBNDX: DC) reported revenue for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2014 of DKK 60.1 million (€8.1 million), an increase of 52.5% compared with DKK 39.4 million (€5.3 million) during the same period last year.On an organic basis, Jobindex achieved revenue growth of 2...


Netherlands – Greater confidence in job market, but banking & finance sector still cautious

16 February 2015

Increased confidence in the Dutch job market resulted in a 9% year-on-year increase in the number jobs advertised during Q4 2014, according to staffing firm Robert Walters’ European Job Index, reports flexnieuws.nl.This improvement was most evident in Accounting & Finance, which reported 11%...


UK – Retailers must promote sector to tech talent to remain successful, warns recruiter

16 February 2015

Retailers must engage with ‘techy’ talent from other sectors if they are to remain successful in the medium-to-long term, retail recruitment firm ReThink Retail has warned.The firm outlined how almost the entire industry, not just smaller brands that don’t yet offer online marketplaces, must do m...


UK – Parasol welcomes HMRC guidance on onshore reporting

16 February 2015

Professional umbrella employer Parasol has welcomed new guidance from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on looming reporting and record-keeping requirements for staffing firms.  Published last week, the guidance confirmed that recruiters will only need to report identity details – a...


UK – Contractor market starts 2015 in rude health

13 February 2015

Having enjoyed a strong start to 2015, contractor services group Optionis, the parent group of professional umbrella employer Parasol and contractor accountant ClearSky, has hailed the buoyant market for contingent professionals.January 2015 was Optionis’ best month for sign-ups since mid-2013. C...