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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-...


Netherlands – Employment organisations partner to support the unemployed into work

24 June 2014

The Dutch Association of Mediation and Employment Agencies (NBBU) will today extend its cooperation agreement with the UWV, a public agency where the unemployed register to claim their benefits, to support more unemployed people back into work.According to the NBBU, the strength of its organisati...


UK – One million more should get the living wage

24 June 2014

The UK government should make it a goal to cut the number of low paid workers by one million by 2020, according to the Living Wage Commission (LWC), reports The BBC. The LWC is an independent body bringing together names from business, trade unions, and civil society.The Archbishop of York, Dr Jo...


UK – Mormon brothers set up recruitment firm for eastern Europeans

24 June 2014

A pair of Mormon missionaries from Kent have set up a recruitment agency to help find jobs for eastern European immigrants in north Kent and southeast London, reports newsshopper.co.uk.The brothers, Tom and Joseph Shillabeer, have spent the last two years working as missionaries in Romania and Se...


Europe – Adecco named one of the greatest places to work

24 June 2014

Adecco Group, the largest staffing firm in the world, has been recognised as one of Europe’s Best Workplaces in 2014. For this year’s edition, “Great Place to Work” analysed data provided by more than 2,300 companies. Adecco made the ranking of top multinational workplaces for the...


World – Antal forms joint venture with Chinese staffing firm

23 June 2014

Global competition among countries, companies and individuals has never been fiercer, and a recently formed Sino-UK recruitment joint venture illustrates just how companies from different parts of the world can now operate together, reports China Daily.The new venture set up between UK-based recr...


UK – Three-out-of-10 new jobs are temporary

23 June 2014

Three-out-of-10 new jobs are now temporary in nature, with fixed-terms contracts increasingly becoming the norm for new workers, according to a new report from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), reports The Independent.The TUC Touchstone pamphlet, “Equitable Full Employment: A Jobs Recovery for All”...