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UK – Gender skills gap set to widen, with women leading the charge

8 September 2014

Men urgently need to increase their skills and qualifications or risk being out-competed in the jobs market, according to a report from the government-backed UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The survey found that the gender gap is set to widen over the next few years, with women’s skills...


Northern Ireland – Women significantly under-represented in senior roles

8 September 2014

Women remain significantly under-represented in senior positions in Northern Irish society, according to the Belfast Telegraph. A survey of more than 3,000 high-ranking jobs in business, public life, health and education, found just 31% are held by women. In some areas men outnumber women by as m...


UK – Cap lifted on workers’ pension savings

8 September 2014

Millions of employees in a workplace pension scheme are to be freed from punitive curbs on savings imposed by Brussels, reports The Mail Online. Earners had previously been limited to £4,600 a year in contributions as part of the government-backed National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).Employee...


UK – Cost savings improves Kellan Group’s profits

5 September 2014

UK recruitment firm Kellan Group (KLN: LSE) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of £10.7 million, a decrease of -3.8% from £11.1 million during the same period last year.Net fee income rose by +6% to £3.9 million, up from £3.7 million a year ago. Kellan Group achieved an opera...


UK – Vacancies rise at strongest rate in over 16 years

5 September 2014

Temporary billings rose at a marked pace during August 2014, albeit at the slowest rate since May, according to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) JobsOutlook survey of employers.Both permanent and temporary staff saw strong increases in vacancies, with rates of growth th...


Belgium – Actief expands with Dutch acquisition

5 September 2014

Belgian temporary recruitment firm Actief announced that it has acquired Netherlands-based recruitment firm TiP personeelsdiensten, as part of the company’s international growth strategy.Financial details of the transaction were not released.Mark Maesen, CEO of Actief Group, commented: “Over the...


Switzerland – Jacobs family pulls out of Adecco

5 September 2014

The investment firm for the Jacobs family announced yesterday that it has sold its remaining stake in Adecco, reports Reuters. In March 2014, the Jacobs Group sold the majority of its stake in the company.Jacobs Holding, which manages the money of members of the Jacobs family, said Swiss bank Cre...


UK – Employees pick learning new skills over promotions and higher pay

5 September 2014

Over two thirds of employees haven’t had a career development discussion with their employer in the last year, and 42% feel they don’t have a clear career path available to them, according to the latest finding from the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI).The survey revealed that when given the c...


UK – Empresaria achieves strong operating profit growth

4 September 2014

International recruitment firm Empresaria Group (EMR: AIM) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of £94 million, an increase of +4% in constant currency compared with the same period last year.Net fee income for the six month period, of which temporary staffing accounts for 60%,...


Europe – Germany now a more high-powered labour market than the US

4 September 2014

The unemployment rate in the US, which is scheduled to be released later this week, is expected to be a near-normal 6.1%. This compares with an average unemployment rate of 11.5% across the 18 countries in the Eurozone, reports Associated Press.However, by some measures, the argument can be made...