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UK – Zero-hours contract workers earning substantially less per week than permanent employees

15 December 2014

Workers on zero-hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to a new report from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), reports uk.news.yahoo.com. A study by the TUC showed that average earnings for zero-hours workers are £188 per week, compared to £479 for peop...


UK – New infrastructure projects to drive demand for contract engineers

15 December 2014

Investment in transport infrastructure will drive demand for contractors in engineering in the new year, according to an analysis by umbrella employment provider, giant group.Results from the organisation’s latest study of its contractor base found that engineering professionals believe there wil...


Netherlands – USG People acquires majority share in VMS, announces +3% growth in Oct/Nov

12 December 2014

Dutch staffing firm USG People (USG: NL) reported revenue growth of +3% during October and November, compared with the same two-month period last year. This follows year-on-year growth of +2% in the month of September.Revenue in the Netherlands during Oct-Nov 2014 increased by +3%, compared with...


Norway – NES announces acquisition and appointment of company CEO

12 December 2014

UK-based technical manpower specialists NES Global Talent announced that it has acquired Energy People, a leading provider of consultancy, advisory and manpower solutions to the energy industry in Norway. Financial details of the acquisition were not released.It is NES Global Talent’s second acqu...


UK – Consultation on changes to Conduct and Employment Regulations to be published in New Year

12 December 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) has announced that the anticipated consultation on changes to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 will not be published until the New Year. This is to ensure that there is sufficient time for the c...


Russia – ManpowerGroup combines top roles in a new appointment

12 December 2014

ManpowerGroup Russia has announced the appointment of Galina Melnikova to the positions of Director General for Russia and Managing Director for Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus, reports vedomosti.ru. The two positions were previously filled separately, but the company decided to pur...


Russia – Costs for recruitment agencies up, as companies seek to self-recruit

11 December 2014

The cost of filling a job vacancy for recruitment agencies in Russia has increased by almost +60% compared with 2012, according to a survey of 155 large Russian recruitment firms and industry associations, reports vedomosti.ru. The cost of filling jobs in large companies increased by +33% to...


UK – Tech workers have the longest interview process

11 December 2014

IT and Technology professionals are being put through their paces during the interview process, more so than any other profession, according to a survey carried out by recruitment firm Randstad Technologies.The new research found that 60% of technology professionals had more than one interview be...


UK – Recruitment consultant spared jail after plundering jobseekers bank account

11 December 2014

A recruitment consultant who stole £690 from a jobseeker's bank account to fill his own fridge, in what has been deemed a “wicked breach of trust”, has been spared a jail term, reports The Swindon Advertiser. Helder Moreira used the details given to him by a man looking for work to...


UK – A third of employers to give holiday bonuses and gifts

11 December 2014

Employers are giving their workers a reason for holiday cheer around the office this season in the form of holiday perks, namely bonuses, parties, gifts, according to Careerbuilder. A third (35%) of UK employers plan to give their employees a holiday bonus this year, with 33% providing bonuses as...