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UK – New InterQuest CEO to start earlier than expected

16 December 2015

Specialist technology recruitment firm InterQuest Group has announced that Chris Eldridge will begin his new role as CEO on 4 January 2016, four months earlier than anticipated.

Previously Eldridge was appointed in November, along with new CFO David Bygrave. Eldridge will replace Michael Joyce,...

UK – Parliament warns Sports Direct over minimum wage claims

15 December 2015

Sports Direct, a UK-based sports retailer, was questioned by members of Parliament after coming under fire over claims that it pays workers less than the minimum wage.

Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, told MPs that although no Sports Direct employees had complained to Revenue &...

Belarus – Swedish employment service to partner with Belarus

15 December 2015

Belarus has launched a new project to improve the work of the state employment service as part of an international cooperation with the Swedish public employment service, Arbetsförmedlingen.

“It is the oldest employment service in the world (over 100 years old). It is considered a model and standard-bearer...

Netherlands – Randstad CEO discusses the future of flexible working

15 December 2015

Chris Heutink, CEO of Randstad Netherlands answered questions on the future of flexible working and technology in an interview featured in Flexnieuws.

Asked what are currently the greatest opportunities for flex suppliers, Heutink responded,“The job market is constantly changing. For intermediaries...

Serbia – Unemployment rate falls slightly

15 December 2015

The unemployment rate in Serbia was at 16.7% at the end of Q3, down 1.4% from the same period last year.

In November, the number of unemployed reached 717,324, down 0.6% from the previous month and 2.9% year-on-year, according to a report from Tanjug news agency.

Zoran Martinovic, director of the National...

UK – Capita to acquire consultancy and resourcing operations of Work Group plc

14 December 2015

Capita Resourcing, a UK-based provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional services, has announced today that it will acquire the consultancy and resourcing operations of London-based recruitment firm, Work Group plc, in a trade and assets deal valuing the company at £2 million....

France – French appeal court rules against USG People

14 December 2015

The French appeal court has ruled against USG People, a Dutch-based recruitment firm, after an appeal to a 2011 assessment by the French social security authority, URSSAF, concerning incorrectly calculated taxes and social security contributions owed on the salaries of temporary employees that amounted...

UK – SThree releases trading update in line with expectations but weaker than previous quarters

14 December 2015

 SThree PLC (STHR: LSE) released a trading update for the financial year ending 30 November 2015  in line with current market consensus.

Group gross profit (GP) was up +11% year-on-year but the company saw weaker growth in the final quarter of the year (+5%)There was continued...

Latvia – Unemployment rises marginally

14 December 2015

According to the Latvian State Employment Agency, the registered unemployment level in November 2015 has increased by 0.1% to reach a total of 8.4%, compared to October 2015.

In October and September, the registered unemployment level in Latvia was at 8.3% while in August it was 8.5%, but in the previous...

UK – Fircroft appoints new Head of Marketing

14 December 2015

UK-based engineering recruitment company Fircroft has appointed Andrew Yarwood as new Group Head of Marketing.

Yarwood joins Fircroft after working for UK-based recruitment firm Capita Resourcing for 12 years, most recently as the Marketing Director of the Specialist Recruitment Division.

“I am very...