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UK – Government and opposition acting tougher on immigration

10 April 2014

Britain has announced that it will step up restrictions on foreign job seekers' access to welfare payments on Tuesday, as Prime Minister David Cameron strives to cut immigration ahead of the 2015 election, reports euractiv.com.Polls show voters are concerned about immigration levels, a trend refl...


Sweden – Six out of 10 employees want greater diversity at work

10 April 2014

Six out of 10 (60%) of Swedish workers are in favour of greater diversity in the workplace and that their company should take diversity into account when hiring new staff, according to the Manpower Work Life survey.Monica Långbo, HR Director at ManpowerGroup Sweden, commented: “It is very gratify...


UK – Bond International announces acquisition and operating profit growth

9 April 2014

Recruitment software provider Bond International Software (BDI: LSE) reported revenue of £35.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2013, a fall of -1% compared with £35.5 million last year.The company achieved a gross profit of £30.8 million, down by -1% from £31.2 million a year ago. However...


UK – Poll launched to limit amount spent on hospital temporary workers

9 April 2014

Following revelations that the cost of hiring temporary workers at a Black Country hospital has continued to rise, reaching more than £1.8 million in one month, The Express and Star newspaper has launched a poll asking the public if there should be a spend limit on temporary workers.According to...


UK – Complaints to a Hungarian magazine shut down UK gangmaster

9 April 2014

Complaints made by disgruntled employees in the UK to a Hungarian online magazine resulted in a Manchester-based gangmaster being shut down by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). A story appeared on the online magazine site Index.hu last summer featuring Hungarian migrant workers who...


Ireland – More women in the workplace could create 65,000 jobs

9 April 2014

Improving women’s access to the labour market could create 65,000 jobs and also negate the need for over-65s to remain in the workforce, an economic research institute has found, reports irishexaminer.com.In the paper ‘An Overview of the Irish Labour Market’, Rory O’Farrell of the Nevin Economic...


Sweden – Gothenburg staff to trial six-hour days

9 April 2014

Municipal staff in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, will trial a six-hour workday with full pay, in hope that it will cut down on sick leave, boost efficiency, and ultimately save Sweden money, reports The Local."We think it's time to give this a real shot in Sweden," Mats Pilhem, Depu...


Finland – Workers expecting to work longer and retire later

9 April 2014

Employees' estimates about the age at which they will retire have risen considerably in five years. In 2013, nearly two out of five (37%) employees aged over 50 thought they would retire at the age of 64 or later, compared with just 28% in 2008, according to preliminary data from Statistics Finla...


UK – Matchtech’s acquisition of Provanis adds to revenue growth

8 April 2014

Specialist engineering and professional services recruitment firm Matchtech (MTEC: AIM) reported revenue of £220.9 million for the six months ending 31 January 2014, an increase of +12% compared with £197.3 million last year. Group revenue for the period includes £5.5 million in contribution from...


UK – Rethink reports full year revenue and profit growth

8 April 2014

Talent management and recruitment services firm Rethink Group (AIM: RTG) reported revenue of £111.7 million for the year ending 31 December 2013, an increase of +28% compared with £87.3 million last year.The company achieved a gross profit of £19.6 million, a year-on-year rise of +8% from £18.2 m...