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UK – Labour Party’s minimum wage increase plan a threat to jobs

22 September 2014

With the matter of the Scottish independence referendum resolved, the political parties are turning their attention to the general election set for May 2015. The Labour Party has charged out of the gate by promising to increase the national minimum wage to £8.00 per hour by 2020.The current natio...


Scotland – Half of employment tribunal awards unpaid

22 September 2014

Legal experts have raised concern over the large number of companies that fail to pay employment tribunal awards, leaving thousands of workers out of pocket. Figures show almost half of successful claimants in Scotland never get a penny, with a further 13% receiving just part of what they are owe...


Scotland – Recruiters react to the ‘No’ vote

19 September 2014

The rejection of independence by Scottish voters is good news for staffing firms and contractors across the UK, according to Derek Kelly, Managing Director at Optionis, parent company of Parasol and ClearSky.Mr Kelly said: “I think staffing industry professionals, contractors, and freelancers wil...


UK – HR Go reports pre-tax loss

19 September 2014

Recruitment group HR Go, which has operations in Suffolk and Essex, reported revenue of £88.9 million for the year ending 30 December 2013, a decrease of -0.8% from £89.6 million in 2012. The company reported a pre-tax loss of £181,000, compared with a pre-tax profit of £359,000 in 2012, reports...


UK – Social media can be really good or really bad for job applications

19 September 2014

Employers continue turning to social networking sites to find additional information on potential candidates and they’re not entirely impressed with what they’re seeing, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.co.uk.The survey found that 55% of employers who research job candidates on social...


UK - NHS pays agency workers over £5,000 per day

19 September 2014

According to a report by getbucks, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust paid one of its agency workers £1,600 for a single 12 hour shift earlier this year. This works out as a rate of £133.58 per hour.While this figure seems high, a request made under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that...


UK – Air Energi grows following acquisitions, plans for more

18 September 2014

Manchester-based oil & gas recruitment firm Air Energi reported turnover of £385 million in 2013, an increase of +33% compared with £290 million in 2012. Gross profit for the year increased by +27% to £44 million, up from £34 million a year ago.Ken McPherson, Group Finance Director of Air Ene...


Switzerland – Temporary staffing market stabilising

18 September 2014

The number of temporary jobs in Switzerland recovered somewhat during August 2014, increasing by +6.8% compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Swiss Staffing, the Swiss Federation of Staffing Companies.Since the start of the year, the volume of temporary work...


France – Calls to ban emails from the bedroom

18 September 2014

Following comments yesterday from French Economics Minister, Emmanuel Macron, that “la France est malade” (France is sick) and must rethink that way it works, trade union CGT has called for companies that make staff respond to emails or work out-of-office hours to be punished, reported The Times....


UK – Salaries on the rise for supply teachers

18 September 2014

Supply teachers are expecting to earn higher rates over the next year, according to a new analysis from umbrella employment provider giant group. The survey of the education market found that 91% of its education database expect to see an increase in earnings this year, up +10% compared with last...