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UK – Thousands delaying retirement

23 September 2014

Thousands of workers have been forced to delay their retirement for financial reasons over the last five years, according to a study by Saga, a company which offers a variety of products and services to those aged over 50, reports The Daily Mail.With greater numbers of older workers remaining in...


Netherlands – DPA Group rules out hostile takeover

22 September 2014

Dutch staffing firm DPA Group (DPA: NL) will not consider pursuing a hostile takeover of software developer ICT Automatisering, reports SeeNews Netherlands. DPA, which owns a 20.4% stake in the company, dropped its acquisition bid in March 2014 following ICT’s shareholders rejection of DPA’s offe...


Italy – IMF calls for radical labour market reform

22 September 2014

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a report stating that, based on major economic indicators, Italy needs to radically reform its labour market, reports Press TV. The financial body has urged Rome to implement revisions to its labour market laws, in a bid to generate new employment...


Netherlands – Randstad fund invests in US employee referral platform

22 September 2014

Recruitment firm Randstad Holding announced today that its Randstad Innovation Fund (RIF) is investing in Silicon Valley-based employee referral platform RolePoint. This is the third such investment from the fund following Gigwalk and twago earlier this year.With referrals being a dominant source...


UK – Labour Party’s minimum wage increase plan a threat to jobs

22 September 2014

With the matter of the Scottish independence referendum resolved, the political parties are turning their attention to the general election set for May 2015. The Labour Party has charged out of the gate by promising to increase the national minimum wage to £8.00 per hour by 2020.The current natio...


Scotland – Half of employment tribunal awards unpaid

22 September 2014

Legal experts have raised concern over the large number of companies that fail to pay employment tribunal awards, leaving thousands of workers out of pocket. Figures show almost half of successful claimants in Scotland never get a penny, with a further 13% receiving just part of what they are owe...


Scotland – Recruiters react to the ‘No’ vote

19 September 2014

The rejection of independence by Scottish voters is good news for staffing firms and contractors across the UK, according to Derek Kelly, Managing Director at Optionis, parent company of Parasol and ClearSky.Mr Kelly said: “I think staffing industry professionals, contractors, and freelancers wil...


UK – HR Go reports pre-tax loss

19 September 2014

Recruitment group HR Go, which has operations in Suffolk and Essex, reported revenue of £88.9 million for the year ending 30 December 2013, a decrease of -0.8% from £89.6 million in 2012. The company reported a pre-tax loss of £181,000, compared with a pre-tax profit of £359,000 in 2012, reports...


UK – Social media can be really good or really bad for job applications

19 September 2014

Employers continue turning to social networking sites to find additional information on potential candidates and they’re not entirely impressed with what they’re seeing, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.co.uk.The survey found that 55% of employers who research job candidates on social...


UK - NHS pays agency workers over £5,000 per day

19 September 2014

According to a report by getbucks, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust paid one of its agency workers £1,600 for a single 12 hour shift earlier this year. This works out as a rate of £133.58 per hour.While this figure seems high, a request made under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that...