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UK- Increasingly difficult to recruit new staff and labour costs up

29 December 2014

According to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 93% of UK businesses have little or no spare capacity. Over a third of UK businesses (36%) have no capacity to take on more work, and almost three in five (57%) have ‘little capacity’.With a high pro...


UK - Recruiters facing admin ‘double whammy’ in 2015

29 December 2014

Staffing firms that place contractors and temporary workers will be hit by a double whammy of fresh administrative duties in the New Year, according to Parasol, the UK-based provider of contractor and freelancer employment services.The company believes legislation around pensions and false self-e...


Ireland – Employers fear pay rises 'across the board' in 2015

29 December 2014

Workers who have forgone pay rises for over five years may be about to receive a boost in the New Year, according to recruitment firms, employers, government ministers and union negotiators says Gerald Flynn writing in the Irish Mail on Sunday.While some small employer groups still claim they can...


UK - How a tweet can mean dismissal

29 December 2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently held in the case of Game Retail Ltd v Laws that a Tribunal must take into account the public nature of Twitter when deciding whether or not an employee’s dismissal for posting offensive tweets was unfair according to Ian Lewis of Bray & Bray Solic...


UK - Interquest terminates sale talks

24 December 2014

On 21 October 2014, the Board of Interquest announced it had decided to conduct a strategic review of the Company's options to maximize value for shareholders, including a potential sale of the Company, as reported by Staffing Industry Analysts.According to an announcement released yesterday: “Fo...


Poland – IT firms are hiring

24 December 2014

Polish programmers and developers with knowledge about databases, SQL, Java and .NET are currently the most sought after IT professionals, according to the latest analysis by job search engine Adzuna Poland. According to the data, the best locations for those interested in working in the IT indus...


Netherlands – Staffing up by 9%

24 December 2014

In period 12 (week 45 – 48) the total number of hours increased +8.8% and turnover +8.5%, in comparison with the same period last year, according to the ABU, the principal body representing staffing firms in the Netherlands. This period had an equal amount of workable days compared to the same pe...


Belgium – Bump in interim activity in November

24 December 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers across Belgium increased by + 4.29%  during November, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies. The number of hours worked by blue-collar workers increase...


UK - Paramedics recruited from Poland and Australia

24 December 2014

Ambulance bosses have been forced to recruit paramedics from Poland amid an estimated nationwide shortage of 3,000 according to Tom Kelly writing in the Daily Mail.South Central Ambulance Service, which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, said it was advertising abroad t...


Europe – Eurociett reports growth in agency work

23 December 2014

The latest figures from Eurociett provide some much needed Christmas cheer as they show the number of hours worked by agency workers in Europe was up +2.5% for October....