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UK – Outsourced workers are increasingly important to UK economy with 10% of the workforce employed in the sector

11 December 2015

In the 2015  report “The use of business services by UK industries and the impact on economic performance” prepared by Oxford Economics for the Business Services Association (BSA)  it is revealed that in the third quarter of 2015, £2.2 billion of outsourcing contracts were signed, an increase...

UK – New tax legislation to affect contingent workers

10 December 2015

The UK Government has published draft legislation, which is expected to remove tax relief on certain staffing arrangements, effective 6 April 2016. The proposal was widely anticipated following the autumn statement earlier this year.

The legislation removes the tax relief on travel and subsistence claims...

UK – Schools spend thousands to recruit teachers during shortage

10 December 2015

Schools in the UK are spending thousands of pounds on recruitment agencies as they struggle to fill teacher positions.  Headteachers will warn MPs today about the teacher recruitment shortage during a parliamentary inquiry.

Education recruiters in the UK have already been recruiting teachers from...

UK – Government urged to address driver shortage

10 December 2015

Drivers Direct, a Cheshire-based transport recruitment company, is urging the government to ramp up driver recruitment following an announcement from the Road Haulage Association that Christmas could be under threat due to a 50,000 shortage in drivers across the UK.

It is estimated there is a shortfall...

Sweden – Sweden sees increase in new jobs and decrease in unemployment for 2016 and 2017

10 December 2015

According to the data published today by the Public Employment Service (Arbetsformedlingen), the number of employed people is set to grow by 140,000 people during 2016 and 2017.

 Unemployment will fall from 7.5% in 2015 to 6.6% in 2017.

 Since last spring, optimism has increased among both private...

UK - Michael Page Appoints David Lowden as Chairman

10 December 2015

UK-based recruiter Michael Page International PLC announced today the appointment of David Lowden as Chairman effective December 31 2015.

Lowden will also serve as Chairman of the Nomination Committee. He will succeed Robin Buchanan, who will retire from the board as Lowden steps in.

"I am delighted...

UK – Adecco loses against HMRC in First-Tier Tax Tribunal

9 December 2015

A judgment over the First-Tier Tax Tribunal of Adecco v HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) has been released as the tribunal has decided against Adecco. Adecco, backed by Deloitte, a professional services firm, argued that it should only have to charge VAT (Value-added Tax) on margin rather than on the full...

France – Strong Growth seen in Temporary Contracts

9 December 2015

 The number of temporary contracts in France increased by 10.9% during October 2015 compared with the previous year and grew 1.6% over the previous month, according to figures from French job centre Pôle Emploi.

Growth was seen across all major sectors, led by the industrial and service sectors...

UK – Survey shows UK workers worried about robots taking jobs

9 December 2015

Robotics replacing human jobs is a concern for UK workers according to a survey by global specialist recruitment company PageGroup.

The survey asked respondents from different professional backgrounds for their opinions on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) becoming a part of the work environment...

UK- Report predicts increasing difficulty in retaining F&A talent in 2016

9 December 2015

Half of UK senior finance professionals expect their organisations’ ability to attract and retain key talent to worsen in 2016 according to a report from Savant Recruitment, a UK-based accountancy and finance recruitment firm, supported by Cordant Recruitment.

The report, entitled the 2016 Employment...