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UK – Stepstone acquisition of Evenbase cleared

9 September 2014

The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has cleared the anticipated acquisition of Evenbase Recruitment by job board Stepstone Holding UK, reports stockmarketwire.com.Based on the information currently available, the CMA has decided not to refer the acquisition to a phase two investigation und...


UK – Job market dip points to uncertain recovery

9 September 2014

The number of new jobs increased by more than +30% in August 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to new figures from reed.co.uk. Motoring & Automotive (+73%), Transport & Logistics (+64%) and Construction & Property (+56%) were among the fastest growing sectors.The...


UK – Networkers International acquires oil & gas recruiter CAPPO Group

8 September 2014

Recruitment firm Networkers International (NWKI: LSE) announced last week that it has finalised its acquisition of contract oil & gas sector recruitment company CAPPO Group. Formed in 1977, CAPPO (Chemical and Power Plant Operations) currently has offices in London, Qatar, and Houston.The acq...


Norway – More temporary workers but working fewer hours

8 September 2014

There was a decrease of -2.8% in the number of hours worked by temporary workers during the second quarter of 2014, compared with the same quarter last year, according to the latest figures from NHO Service, the Norwegian National Federation of Service Industries.The decline of -2.8% marks an imp...


UK – City job opportunities up, despite summer slowdown

8 September 2014

Hiring managers across the City are feeling the impact of the traditional summer slowdown, according to the Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor. Despite the slowdown, year-on-year recruitment levels continue to fare well.There was a decline of -14% in the number of job opportunities in Augu...


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...