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UK – GLA shocked and appalled by weak punishment for illegal gangmaster

9 October 2014

An illegal gangmaster, who kept Romanian workers in an unheated outbuilding in Northern Ireland and forced them to scavenge for out-of-date food from supermarket bins, has been fined only £500.Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) said he was both “shocked”...


UK – City recruitment shows signs of recovery after summer slowdown

9 October 2014

The September 2014 Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor shows that City recruitment is back on track again following its summer slowdown, with the number of vacancies up +7% in September 2014, compared with September 2013.The increase in the number of professionals actively seeking new roles...


UK – Michael Page appoints Senior Managing Director

9 October 2014

Global specialist recruitment company Michael Page has announced the promotion of Paul Sykes to the post of Senior Managing Director. Mr Sykes will be responsible for Michael Page Marketing, Digital, and Human Resources.Having worked for Michael Page for 17 years, Mr Sykes was appointed Operating...


UK – Marked declines in both permanent and temporary job candidates

8 October 2014

Recruitment consultants signalled a further increase in permanent staff placement during September; but although strong, the rate of growth eased to a 10-month low, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.Billings for temporary and c...


UK – Code of Practice launched to ensure fair recruitment vetting for sensitive jobs

8 October 2014

The Cabinet Office today published a new Code of Practice to ensure national security vetting requirements are applied fairly by all parties in the recruitment supply chain. The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), as part of its role on the Association of Independent Professio...


Europe – Women on boards more than doubles in 10 years, but work still to be done

8 October 2014

More than 20% of directors on large European company boards are women, a significant increase from 15.6% just two years ago, and a jump from +8% in 2004, according to the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis.At the same time, however, the 2014 study revealed a continued scarcity of...


UK – Parasol lobbies Labour Party over umbrella company crackdown

8 October 2014

Parasol, the UK-based provider of contractor and freelancer employment services, is lobbying the Labour Party amid reports the party is planning a tax crackdown on umbrella companies.The intervention comes after Labour floated the idea of tackling “the use of umbrella firms to avoid tax and natio...


World – Ciett announces support for world day for decent work

8 October 2014

The 7th October has been officially declared the World Day for Decent Work. As a result, the International Confederation of Private Employment Services (Ciett) has announced its full support of the decent work agenda and has re-committed itself to promoting decent work.In a statement, Ciett advis...


UK – Robert Walters reports double-digit net fee income growth across all regions

7 October 2014

International recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) reported net fee income of £56.8 million for the third quarter ending 30 September 2014, an increase of +16% in constant currency from £51.7 million last year.Robert Walters, the eponymous Chief Executive, commented: "The Group has con...


Sweden – Large staffing firms struggling, as niche players grow their market share

7 October 2014

Some of the largest staffing firms in Sweden have incurred shrinking revenues and been forced to reduce their pools of temporary agency workers in recent years, while smaller recruitment firms are thriving, reports dn.se. The largest staffing company in Sweden, ManpowerGroup, which holds a f...