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Austria – Labour Minister calls for tax break to curb unemployment

2 December 2014

Austria's labour minister said on Monday that the government should quickly cut taxes to spur the economy after the unemployment rate jumped in November, wading into a standoff within the ruling coalition over tax reform.Labour Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer's Social Democrats want to introduce a ta...


Netherlands – Temporary staffing growing at fastest pace in four years

1 December 2014

The total amount of hours worked in temporary jobs increased by 2.5% in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the second quarter. This is the most substantial increase in four years, according to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics.The amount of hours worked in long-term flexible employment c...


UK - Skills shortages holding back economic recovery

1 December 2014

The UK's chronic skills shortage is hampering productivity and holding back the economic recovery, business leaders believe.Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), whose members are "on the front line of the UK labour market" as he puts it, pa...


Central and Eastern Europe – Salaries hikes to be expected in 2015

1 December 2014

Hiring and keeping qualified staff is an increasing problem for companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which is likely to lead to further salary hikes in 2015, reveals the latest KPMG survey Economic Pulse 2014.In a poll of 456 business leaders from eight countries – the Czech Republic, E...


UK – Finance professionals needed to deal with new regulations

1 December 2014

The vast majority of finance firms say the wall of regulation hitting the sector is driving up costs and inhibiting growth, a study from Robert Half shows today.A total of 91% of firms said red tape is slowing their growth, with 38% citing capital adequacy requirements as a factor particularly sa...


Switzerland – Referendum rejects immigration curbs

1 December 2014

Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population, according to the BBC.The country's 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74% of people voting no in Sunday's referendum. Supporters of the measure argued that it would h...


LAST CHANCE - MANAGING AWR SUCCESSFULLY WEBINAR

1 December 2014

The complexities of managing a workforce and more specifically supplemental staff or contingent resources in line with market rates, trends and legislation can be challenging.With the use of temporary workers having had a negative press in many parts of Europe, the European Union’s (EU) Agency Wo...


Europe – Growth in agency work slows

28 November 2014

After a good August, which reported year-on-year growth of +3.3% in the number of hours worked by temporary agency workers across Europe, growth slowed during September to +1.1% year-on-year, according to Eurociett, the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies.Germany, Norway, France...


Belgium – Temporary staffing industry reports sustained growth

28 November 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers increased by +4.8% in October 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.The Belgian staffing industry has reported year-on-year growth every month so far...


UK – Retailer Next reportedly hiring workers from Poland at expense of local jobseekers

28 November 2014

A former worker for high street retailer Next has revealed that cheaper workers are being recruited from Poland to work at the firm’s warehouse in the northeast, despite high levels of local unemployment, report The Mirror. Retired cleaner Paul Crowcroft told the Mirror that Polish workers b...