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UK – Battle looming over zero-hours contracts

17 November 2014

Businesses and unions are digging in for an election-year battle over zero-hour contracts and what they mean for workers, reports cityam.com. Ed Miliband re-launched his campaign to become the next Prime Minister last week, with a new attack on zero-hours contracts and the treatment of worke...


UK – Employers going above and beyond auto enrolment pension duties

17 November 2014

Over two-thirds (68%) of employers have automatically enrolled eligible workers into a pension scheme, with many contributing significantly more to their employees’ pension pots than is legally required, according to a survey from the CIPD.The survey from the professional body for HR and people d...


EMEA – Korn/Ferry appoints regional CEO Services

17 November 2014

Global executive search firm Korn/Ferry (KFY: NYSE) today announced that Olof Pripp has joined the firm as Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services EMEA. He will be based in the company’s London and Geneva offices.Mr Pripp joins Korn Ferry from Heidrick & Struggles, where he co-led t...


UK – Matchtech Chairman issues trading update

14 November 2014

Brian Wilkinson the Executive Chairman of engineering and professional services recruitment firm Matchtech (MTEC: LSE), announced at the company’s AGM today:"On behalf of the Board I am pleased to give the following trading update. Net Fee Income in the first three months of FY 2015 to 31 Oc...


UK – How to attract, engage, and retain top female talent… no egg freezing required

14 November 2014

Despite a surge in the number of HR policies and processes to support women back into the workplace after maternity leave, a study by recruitment outsourcing specialists Guidant Group found that it is leaders who hold the key.The “Keeping Women In” study involved in-depth interviews with 250 high...


UK – Staffing industry defends rise in spend on social work agency workers

14 November 2014

In the last year the average UK council spent £1.2 million on agency workers in children’s services and £647,247 in adults’ services, an increase of +33% compared with last year, according to Community Care, a representative body of the UK social care sector. Helga Pile, a professional offic...


UK – Workers gifting employers hours of unpaid work from home

14 November 2014

Over a quarter of UK workers admit to spending between three and four hours each week working unpaid overtime from home, which means that companies are getting more than a full week worth of work (7.7 days) per year at no extra cost, according to new research from cloud-based enterprise file shar...


Sweden – Constrained Swedish market dents Proffice’s Q3 results

13 November 2014

Swedish staffing firm Proffice (PROEB: SS) reported revenue of SEK 1.06 billion (€114.6 million) for the third quarter ending 30 September 2014, a decrease of -1% from SEK 1.07 billion (€115.5 million) during the same period last year.Operating profit for the period rose by +4% to SEK 52 million...


Switzerland – Adecco completes €250 million share buyback and announces another

13 November 2014

Adecco Group (ADEN: VX), the largest staffing firm in the world, announced today that it has completed the €250 million share buyback programme launched in September 2013. Adecco repurchased 4,490,373 of its shares (equal to 2.37% of the share capital at launch of the share buyback) via a second...


UK – NHS must use fewer temporary staff, says Health Secretary

13 November 2014

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to tell the National Health Service (NHS) to use fewer temporary staff and management consultants as part of cost cutting measures to save £10 billion a year, reports The Guardian. It is understood that Mr Hunt will warn an audience of NHS leaders today that t...