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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...


UK – Professional vacancies and placements climb sharply

11 March 2014

The latest data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) shows year-on-year increases in permanent placement of +12.6% and a rise of almost +10% in temporary placements during February signalling a sustained recovery in the white collar job market.This is in line with recen...


UK – Floods give job market an unexpected boost

11 March 2014

The severe flooding that has impacted a wide swathe of the UK has given the jobs market an unexpected boost, as new staff are hired to cope with the clean-up, according to recruitment firm ManpowerGroup, reports the BBC.The world’s third biggest recruitment firm estimates that the repair work cou...


France – Adecco and Randstad offer new contract for the first time

10 March 2014

The two largest staffing firms in the world, Adecco and Randstad, have for the first time hired workers in France under the new “CDI Intermaire” agreement, signed in January 2013 by unions and employers, reports lefigaro.fr.The labour agreement is intended to increase flexibility and has been lar...


Denmark – Job numbers rise but market remains cautious

10 March 2014

Following a weak labour market during the summer 2013, Danish job board Jobindex A/S (JOBND: CPH) reported further improvement in the labour market in February 2014. The number of adverts rose to 17,000 in February, an increase of 400 compared with the previous month.The rise in the number of job...


UK – Recruitment firms in their strongest position for years

10 March 2014

Despite a recent report by industry analysts Plimsoll, which says that 17% of the top 1,000 recruitment firms are at risk of becoming the victim of a hostile takeover, Alex Arnot, an experienced board adviser to the recruitment sector, says that many organisations are in their strongest position...


UK – Zero-hours contract numbers are double previous government estimates

10 March 2014

The scale of the use of zero-hours contracts has been revealed after a revision of official figures showed that nearly 583,000 employees, more than double the government's previous estimate, signed up to the controversial conditions last year, reports the Guardian.A "rising tide of...