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Switzerland – New CEO of Adecco Switzerland announced

19 June 2015

After working with Adecco for more than 25 years, Michael Agoras, CEO of Adecco Switzerland, announced that he will step down at the end of July.This recent announcement marks the third senior-level departure at the company, following global CEO Patrick De Maeseneire and CFO Dominik de Daniel’s r...


UK – Hiring process taking longer

19 June 2015

As unemployment levels in the UK reach record lows, job applicants may find the recruitment process is taking longer than ever before with employers taking almost six weeks to make an offer, according to research from Glassdoor, reports onrec.com.While this may sound like a long time it is beaten...


UK – Recycling firm fined tens of thousands after agency worker loses arm

19 June 2015

Glass recycler Recresco has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay more than £21,000 in costs after an agency worker’s arm was severed above the wrist when it was caught in a glass sorting machine, reports letsrecycle.com.Philip Grace, age 43, of Liverpool, lost part of his right arm after the inc...


Europe – Job vacancy rate continues to rise

18 June 2015

The job vacancy rate in the Eurozone was 1.7% in the first quarter of 2015, down from 1.8% recorded in the previous quarter but stable compared with the first quarter of 2014, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.The job vacancy rate in the Euro...


Europe – Cost of labour rises

18 June 2015

Hourly labour costs rose by 2.2% across the Eurozone between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015, up from an increase of 1.2% during Q4 2014, according to the latest figures from Eurostat, the statistical body of the European Union.Across the European Union, hourly labour costs rose by 2.5% in Q1 compared with t...


UK – Wage growth beats expectations

18 June 2015

Average weekly wages, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.7% in the three months through to April, compared with growth of 2.3% in the three month period to March, reports ft.com.The increase exceeded economists’ expectations, who had forecast an increase of 2.5%. This latest rise marks the fastest page...


Germany – Labour restrictions for Croatians lifted

18 June 2015

Germany will lift all labour market restrictions for Croatian nationals effective from 1 July 2015. Croatian companies will therefore be able to send their employees to work in Germany without any restrictions, the German government said in statement, reports dalje.com.Croatia's accession treaty...


Belgium – Further rise in temporary work during Q1

17 June 2015

The number of hours worked by temporary workers across Belgium increased by 9.6% during Q1 2015, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest figures from Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.This latest rise follows an increase of 7.2% in the number of hours...


Ireland – High Court refuses agency worker’s appeal under agency workers legislation

17 June 2015

A truck driver who was engaged by a recruitment agency to drive for Greenstar Limited has lost his challenge in the High Court that his employment conditions were less favourable than drivers directly employed by Greenstar, reports lexology.com.The driver was paid at a rate of €11.50 per hour. He...


France – Demand for professionals, managers, and executives up

17 June 2015

There was greater demand for professionals, managers, and executive across France in May 2015 than during the same month last year, according to a survey from APEC, the Association for the Employment of Professionals, Managers, and Executives (Association Pour l’Emploi des Cadres).The APEC index...