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UK – Halloween tricks and treats

31 October 2014

With the arrival of Halloween, employers, especially HR departments, face a myriad of issues ranging from workplace safety to potential sexual harassment liability. Here are five issues that employers should keep in mind, according to experthr.co.uk. Issue Firm Guidelines Regarding Costumes:...


World – Randstad sees shifting trends in Q3 2014 as revenue growth eases

30 October 2014

Randstad (RAND: NA), the second largest staffing firm in the world, reported organic revenue growth per working day of +4.2% to €4.5 billion during the third quarter ending 30 September 2014, up from €4.4 billion last year.Earlier this week, analysts’ predictions that Randstad’s revenue growth ha...


Netherlands – Plans to curb rise in independent contractors

30 October 2014

The Dutch government is developing plans to dampen the growth in the number of independent contractors by removing tax breaks and making it less attractive for employers to use them, reports fd.nl. The number of independent contractors, known locally as ‘zzp’ers’, has risen sharply over rece...


UK – Ministry of Defence entitled to redeploy employee in agency worker’s role

30 October 2014

An employment tribunal found that, while the Agency Workers Regulations (2010) (AWR) require employers to provide agency workers with information about relevant vacancies, they do not require equality of opportunity during the selection process with internal applicants who are permanent members o...


Europe – Significant skills mismatch identified

30 October 2014

Between 25% and 45% of workers in Europe are either overqualified or underqualified for their job, leading to a substantial mismatch between supply and demand in the labour market, according to a new study from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The study shows that misma...


World – European growth continues to boost Heidrick & Struggles results

29 October 2014

Chicago-based international executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NSDQ) yesterday reported revenue for the third quarter ending 30 September 2014 of USD 130.3 million, an increase of +5.5% compared with USD 123.5 million last year.During the second quarter, the company foreca...


Netherlands – Analysts expect Randstad’s Q3 growth to slow

29 October 2014

Ahead of the release of Randstad’s third quarter financial results tomorrow, analysts expect the company’s revenue for the three months ending 30 September 2014 to grow by +3.6% to €4.5 billion, easing from year-on-year growth of +4% in both Q1 and Q2, reports iex.nl. Yves Franco, an analyst...


Netherlands – Staffing industry achieves sustained growth for a year

29 October 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers and staffing industry sales have both increased every period for the past 13 four-week periods, compared with last year, according to the latest figures from ABU, the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies.The number of hours worked by temporary wo...


Germany – Companies set to hire more workers

29 October 2014

Following months of caution, companies across Germany signalled an improving hiring sentiment during October, according to the latest Employment Barometer from the Institute for Economic Research (Ifo).The index rose to 107 in October, up from 106.1 in September, and up from 106.1 in October 2013...


UK – One-in-three careers fall short of expectations

29 October 2014

A third of employees (33%) feel that their career progression to-date has failed to meet their expectations, according to a survey of over 2,500 employees published by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, in partnership with Halogen Software.The survey also found that mo...