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UK – Recruitment firms warned to expect the unexpected with pension auto-enrolment

13 March 2014

Outsourced employment provider Parasol, which has automatically enrolled thousands of its contractor employees in a workplace pension scheme, has revealed that its opt-out rate has doubled from 12% to 24% in just six months.However, that figure remains significantly below the 50% opt-out rate ori...


Sweden – Employment agencies recruiting more older people

13 March 2014

Recruitment agencies in Sweden have proven the salvation of many older people who are tired of loneliness and boredom, according to jonkopingsposten.se. As a result of more older people seeking employment, staffing agencies specifically aimed at older people have popped up, a trend that seems to...


World – Improving Europe positively impacts Adecco’s Q4

12 March 2014

The world’s largest recruitment firm, Adecco (ADEN: VX) reported revenue for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2013 of €5 billion, a rise of +4% in constant currency compared with Q4 2012. Gross profit increased organically by +7%, year-on-year during Q4, reaching €913 million.Adecco achieved...


UK – Rushed plans on self-employment could damage labour market flexibility

12 March 2014

New proposed restrictions on self-employment from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) risk damaging job creation and economic growth, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and PCG, the membership organisation for freelancers.In a letter to Chancellor of the Excheque...


Germany – Unemployment risk five times higher for temporary workers

12 March 2014

The risk of becoming unemployed is five times greater for temporary workers than for workers in other industries, according to the German Federal Employment Agency (BA), reports sz-online.de.Between December 2012 and November 2013, the risk of unemployment for temporary workers was 4.05%, compare...


World – A healthy lifestyle leads to better employee performance

12 March 2014

Seven out of 10 (70%) employees worldwide responded that they perform better at work when they work-out or play sports regularly, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor survey. The survey is conducted in 33 countries.Mariëlle de Macker, Managing Director of Group HR at Randstad, commented:...


Norway – Temporary worker logs 77 hours in just five days

12 March 2014

A trade union has launched a review into recruitment firm Vacant Helse (Health) with the Labour Inspectorate following revelations that a temporary worker had worked more than 77 hours in five days, reports nrk.no.Roar Vevelstad, Financial Manager of Halden municipality, commented: “From what I s...


UK – CBI demands action on the growing skills vacuum

12 March 2014

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today called for action to make careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) more attractive and easier to access. The business organisation is urging the Government to consider financing a cut in tuition fees for some STEM courses, dev...


Netherlands – DPA Group’s profits rise following acquisition strategy

11 March 2014

Dutch staffing firm DPA Group NV (DPA: NL) reported revenue of €71.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2013, an increase of +9% compared with revenue of €65.1 million in 2012. The company achieved a gross profit of €16.7 million, up by +10% from €15.1 million a year ago. Net income for the...


UK – Empresaria improves profit on stable revenue

11 March 2014

International recruitment firm Empresaria Group (EMR: LSE) reported revenue for the year ending 31 December 2013 of £194.4 million, a marginal increase compared with £194.3 million a year ago.Net fee income for the period fell by -2% in constant currency from £43.9 million in 2012 to £42.6 millio...