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Belgium – Solid growth in temporary work during Q4

9 March 2015

Business confidence in Belgium remained stable, albeit at a low level, during the fourth quarter of 2014. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest ebb in 2014 during the period, but there were positive signs in the labour market, according to Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.Sh...


UK – Crisis management within NHS fuelling demand for professional communications talent

9 March 2015

The February 2015 London Recruitment Index registered a 17% month-on-month decrease in job availability; with 5,917 vacancies, compared to 6,095 recorded in January 2015. The dip in demand for professional talent can largely be attributed to uncertainty surrounding the upcoming General Election f...


UK – Large firms to reveal gender pay gap

9 March 2015

Large UK firms, with more than 250 employees, will have to reveal the differences between average pay for male and female workers under a change to a law passing through Parliament, reports the BBC.Large firms that don't comply with the new rules could face fines of up to £5,000.Across the UK, la...


UK – Demand for staff up in February but candidate numbers down

6 March 2015

Temporary billings continued to increase in February 2015, with the rate of growth accelerating to a five-month high, according to the Report on Jobs report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).Permanent staff placements also rose further in February with the fastest rate of gr...


Netherlands – ABU downgrades number of hours worked and sales for January

6 March 2015

The Dutch staffing industry’s start to the year wasn’t as strong as previously thought, following the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies’ (ABU) announcement that the number of hours worked and sales during the period were overstated.During the first four weeks of 2015 (5 – 30 Jan/period one)...


Sweden – Top 25 staffing companies listed

6 March 2015

The Swedish staffing association, Bemanningsföretagen, has published its list of the top 25 staffing companies in Sweden in terms of market share, based on revenue during the fourth quarter of 2014.The “Big 3” staffing companies; Adecco, Randstad, and ManpowerGroup, are listed among the top eight...


UK – Three charged with people trafficking for labour exploitation in East Anglia

6 March 2015

Three people have been charged with people trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation, as part of a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police, and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).A warrant was executed in Great Yarmouth, which resulted in a number of arrests on 2 A...


UK – Empresaria reports strong operating profit growth

5 March 2015

International specialist staffing firm Empresaria Group (EMR: AIM) reported revenue of £187.9 million for the full year ending 31 December 2014, an increase of 2% in constant currency (CC) compared with £194.4 million in 2013.   FY 2014 FY 2013 Change CC Revenue £187...


UK – Employment status clarity for contracts still a long way off

5 March 2015

Contractors face a long haul before any of the measures proposed by the Office of Tax Simplification’s (OTS) Employment Status Review to improve clarity on employment status can be evaluated and introduced. And that assumes any future government decides to act, according to contractorcalculator.c...


Russia – Michael Page to pull out of Moscow

5 March 2015

UK-based financial services recruitment firm PageGroup (MPI: LSE) plans to close its office in Moscow at the end of May, as the Russian economy slides into recession, reports Bloomberg.London-based spokesperson Sophie Tudor, advised that the company’s executive board decided to close the operatio...