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Switzerland – Demand for skilled workers boost jobseeker confidence

2 February 2016

The demand for skilled workers in Switzerland has boosted the confidence of jobseekers according to Michael Page International.

Jobseeker confidence has improved steadily in 2015. In fact, 54.9% of Swiss jobseekers interviewed by Page Personnel in Q4 expect an improvement in the labor market in the next...

Europe – Euro area unemployment rate falls slightly

2 February 2016

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.4% in December 2015, down from 10.5% in November 2015, and from 11.4% in December 2014, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since September 2011. The EU28...

UK – Patient safety at risk if NHS can’t turn to agency nurses according to REC

1 February 2016

According to data released by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 73% of healthcare recruiters say restrictions on NHS spending on agency staff have made it more difficult to find doctors and nurses willing to fill temporary vacancies.

The date shows that 80% of recruitment agencies are...

Netherlands – Randstad declares offer for Proffice unconditional and extends acceptance period

1 February 2016

Randstad has announced that it has declared the offer to the shareholders of Proffice, the Swedish-based listed staffing and recruiting company, unconditional and has extended the acceptance period to 17 February 2016.

A public offer from Randstad for Proffice was originally announced on 30 November 2015...

Switzerland – Angela Mortimer acquires Swiss HR firm

1 February 2016

London-based specialist PA and office support recruiter, Angela Mortimer Group have acquired Geneva based HR services and recruitment company, DS Partners SARL, expanding into Switzerland. 

DS Partners will continue to be managed by Veronique Dewally. 

"Geneva is part of our wider global...

Germany – Unemployment expected to reduce slightly

1 February 2016

According to the latest Institute for Employment Research (IAB) Employment Outlook Survey, unemployment is expected to reduce slightly in the next few months as the number of new employees hired by German companies fall.

The labor market barometer of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) at the...

UK – Thousands of job vacancies go unfulfilled as skills shortages rise 130% in four years

29 January 2016

Employers in the UK are facing a talent crisis as skills shortages have increased by 130% in the past four years, according to new research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

Despite an increase in job openings and modest economic growth in the UK, thousands of vacancies are left...

Germany – Proposed contractor legislation faces criticism from recruitment agencies

29 January 2016

The German Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs legislative proposals surrounding the use of contractors in Germany have been met with opposition from the international professional recruitment sector.

Among those who oppose the proposal is the Association of Professional Staffing Companies...

Europe – Number of hours worked by agency workers on the rise

29 January 2016

Eurociett, the European confederation of private employment services, has published its most recent European agency work business indicator. The report shows that the number of hours worked by agency workers grew by 7.7% in November, compared to the same period last year.

 In terms of countries,...

France – Jobless rate reaches new record for 2015

29 January 2016

The number of registered jobseekers in France increased by 0.4% in December compared to the previous month and increased by 2.6% year-on-year, a new record, according to figures released by the French Labour Ministry.

In December 2015, 15,800 more people were out of work; meanwhile for the year of 2015,...