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UK – Matchtech completes acquisition of Networkers International

2 April 2015

Recruitment firm Matchtech Group (MTEC: LN) today completed its acquisition of staffing firm Networkers International (NWKI: LN). The deal, which was agreed in principle on 28 January 2015 by the companies’ boards, received court approval earlier this week.As consideration under the scheme of arr...


Switzerland – Government to tackle labour market abuses

2 April 2015

The Swiss government wants to increase fines against companies contravening agreed minimum wage levels but has decided to shelve plans to extend collective bargaining agreements, reports swissinfo.ch.The measures are part of a package, put forward last September, to improve the protection of work...


General Employment closes Scribe deal, ex-MPS leader now CEO

1 April 2015

General Employment Enterprises Inc. (NYSE MKT: JOB), an Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based staffing provider, closed on its acquisition of Scribe Solutions Inc., previously  announced in December. Scribe Solutions will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Employment. Scribe provides...


Australia – Ambition Group appoints CFO

1 April 2015

Australian staffing firm Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) today announced the appointment of Laurent Toussaint to the position of Group Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.Laurent is a qualified Chartered Accountant from South Africa who trained with Deloitte in Johannesburg and then held CFO...


Europe – Labour costs lowest in Bulgaria, highest in Denmark

1 April 2015

In 2014, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €24.6 across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) and €29.2 in the Eurozone; according to Eurostat, the statistical body of the EU.However, this average mask...


UK – Agency workers protesting Swedish derogation offered permanent contracts

1 April 2015

Some agency workers at a distribution depot near Swindon, who were at the centre of a dispute over different rates of pay for agency and permanent workers, could soon become permanent employees, reports the Swindon Advertiser.More than 400 workers at the DHL depot near Swindon are sourced by empl...


France – VMA Group opens Paris office

1 April 2015

Corporate and marketing communications recruitment firm VMA Group today announced the growth of its international network with the opening of a new European office in Paris. In addition to its existing offices in Brussels and Amsterdam, the Paris opening increases the company’s reach across key E...


Europe – Unemployment continuing to fall

1 April 2015

The unemployment rate across the European Union fell to 9.8% in February 2015, down from 9.9% in January 2015, and down from 10.5% in February last year, according to the latest figures from Eurostat, the statistical body of the European Union.Unemployment across the Eurozone also decreased in Fe...


Oil-and-gas companies pay $1.3 million in back wages since 2014

31 March 2015

The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $1.3 million in back wages for more than 1,300 workers in the oil-and-gas industry since it launched an enforcement initiative covering New Mexico and west Texas in 2014, the agency reported Monday.The division found overtime...


France – Groupe Crit reports strong international revenue growth

31 March 2015

French staffing firm Groupe Crit (CEN: FP) reported revenue for the full year ending 31 December 2014 of €1.7 billion; an increase of 8.8% (5.1% on an organic basis) compared with €1.6 billion in 2013.    2014 2013 Change Organic Revenue €1,695.1 million €1,...