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Switzerland – Confidence about the economy boosting job growth

28 October 2014

Companies across Switzerland are more confident about the economy and this optimism is being reflected in the improving job market, according to the Swiss Job Index (SJI) from international recruitment firm Michael Page.The SJI is a monthly indicator of the number and types of jobs advertised in...


UK – Job vacancies hit post-recession high

28 October 2014

The total number of advertised vacancies reached a post-recession high in September 2014, buoyed by retailed with an eye on the forthcoming festive period, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk.The number of jobs advertised across the UK rose by +27.5% to 906,191, compare...


Sweden – Ending lower social contributions for old and young workers will cost jobs

27 October 2014

Proposals by the Swedish government to increase social contributions for older and younger workers will cost the Swedish staffing industry an additional SEK 981 million (€106.7 million) each year, according to the Swedish Staffing Association (Bemanningsfӧretagen).According to the association, th...


Italy – Demonstrators protest against labour reforms

27 October 2014

Protestors from across Italy filled the streets of Rome on Saturday to protest against labour market reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Red flags, bearing the emblem of CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour), Italy’s largest trade union, were waved over town squares as thous...


Belgium – Temporary staffing industry growth continues to slow

27 October 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers across Belgium rose by +5.6% during September 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.The Belgian staffing industry has reported year-on-year growth eve...


Scotland – NHS criticised for increasing reliance on temporary workers

27 October 2014

Trade union Unison has accused the NHS of over-reliance on temporary nurses after figures showed that they provided more than two million hours of patient care in Scotland’s largest health board area, reports The Herald Scotland. New figures show that the number of bank nurses across NHS Gre...


UK – Top paying contractor assignments revealed

27 October 2014

Contractors and freelancers have been given an insight into some of the most in-demand skills in the UK market; following an analysis by UK-based provider of contractor and freelancer employment services Parasol, which listed the 10 highest paid assignments so far this year.IT specialists dominat...


Sweden – Dedicare reports record Q3 growth

24 October 2014

Swedish healthcare staffing company Dedicare AB (DEDI: SS) reported revenue for the third quarter ending 30 September 2014 of SEK 144.8 million (€15.4 million), an increase of +19.9% compared with SEK 120.8 million (€13.1 million) during the same period last year.In the company’s Q2 2014 financia...


Sweden – Weak domestic market impairs Poolia’s Q3 results

24 October 2014

Swedish staffing company Poolia (POOLB: SS) reported revenue of SEK 163 million (€17.7 million) for the third quarter ending 30 September 2014, a decrease of -0.9% compared with SEK 164.5 million (€17.9 million) a year ago.Operating profit for the period doubled to SEK 3.6 million (€391,567), up...


Europe – Strongest growth in agency work since 2011

24 October 2014

The number of hours worked by agency workers across Europe increased by +5.6% in September 2014, the strongest year-on-year growth since September 2011, according to the European Agency Work Business Indicator from Eurociett, the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies.This positive...