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UK – Gap Personnel secures £20 million in funding

4 August 2014

Wrexham-headquartered recruitment agency Gap Personnel has secured a £20 million in funding  to support its growth plans, reports insidermedia.com. The company, which specialises in industrial recruitment, secured the funding from Close Brothers Invoice Funding. Gap Personnel will use t...


Europe – Recruitment of communications professionals requires pan-European approach

4 August 2014

The recruitment of communications professionals needs to have a pan-European reach and focus on developing strong relationships with passive professionals, if businesses want to attract top talent, according to a new survey from corporate and marketing communications recruiter VMA Group.In its su...


UK – Majority of professionals working longer than contracted hours

4 August 2014

Nearly three-quarters (73.4%) of UK professionals are working more hours than stipulated in their employment contracts, according to the 2014 Morgan McKinley UK Working Hours Survey.Hakan Enver, Operations Director for Morgan McKinley UK, commented: “Naturally, among a committed and highly profes...


UK – Robert Walters: European growth tempered by Asia Pacific

1 August 2014

International recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) reported revenue of £310 million for the six months ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +14% in constant currency compared with £288.8 million last year.Gross profit for the period increased by +12% in constant currency to £101.9 million, u...


World – Hudson to divest loss making business as Q2 results falter

1 August 2014

Global talent solutions company Hudson Global (HSON: NSDQ) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014 of USD 167.4 million, a decrease of -4.4% in constant currency from USD 171.4 million last year.The company achieved a gross margin of USD 62.8 million, a rise of +1.9% in consta...


Netherlands – Independent contractors could save money using the right bank account

1 August 2014

Independent contractors, known in the Netherlands as Zzp’ers, are collectively losing as much as €540 million a year, as a result of using unsuitable bank accounts, according to research from Knab, which is part of Aegon Bank.Data from Knab indicates that independent contractors could save money...


Interview: IF Contracting - The contractor management company with big ambitions

1 August 2014

Placing contractors abroad can be incredibly complicated and burdensome for companies, recruitment firms, and for the contractors themselves. There are a myriad of risks associated with ensuring compliance with domestic and foreign legislation, ensuring prompt payment of invoices and wages, and d...


World – Randstad Q2 results reflect improving market conditions

31 July 2014

Randstad (RAND: NA), the second largest staffing firm in the world, reported growth across most of its markets during the second quarter of 2014. While some of the bigger European countries continued to report a decline in revenue, an improved performance was reported in tougher markets like Aust...


UK – Nakama buoyed by Asia-Pacific growth

31 July 2014

Specialist recruitment services provider Nakama Group (NAM: AIM) yesterday reported revenue of £17.5 million for the full year ending 31 March 2014, an increase of +5% compared with £16.7 million last year.Nakama Group reported an operating loss of £76,000 for the year, an improvement against an...


UK – NHS hospital paid £1,800 for agency worker for one day

31 July 2014

NHS hospitals are so short staffed on public holidays they are paying almost £150 an hour for nurses to work, according to Sky News. On the May Day Bank Holiday, on the 5 May this year a locum agency was reportedly paid more than £1,800 to supply a nurse for a 12-hour shift. Another hospital is r...