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UK – Spencer Ogden expands US operations

22 August 2014

UK-based energy recruitment firm Spencer Ogden this week announced the launch of a new office in San Diego, the first of three office launches in a major expansion of the company’s American operations.  With the US energy sector booming, Spencer Ogden is targeting America as its major growth...


Sweden – Uniflex secures contract with Cramo

22 August 2014

Swedish staffing firm Uniflex (UFLXB: SS) announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply staffing services to Cramo, a service company specialising in equipment rental services and the rental of modular space.The contract is effective from August 2014 and will run until further notice. U...


Switzerland – Engineering industry bolsters recruitment strategy following immigration vote

22 August 2014

The Swiss engineering industry is turning to young people, women, and older workers to meet the demand for employees in the coming years, reports swissinfo.ch. The trade organisation representing the industry, Swissmem, says the February vote limiting immigration from Europe has compounded its re...


UK – Self-employment at highest level since records began

22 August 2014

Self-employment in the UK is at its highest level since records began almost 40 years ago, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with taxi-driving, construction and carpentry among the most common jobs, reports The Guardian.There are 4.6 million people worki...


Sweden – Despite new contract wins, Proffice’s results remain subdued

21 August 2014

Swedish staffing firm Proffice AB (PROEB: SS) reported revenue of SEK 1.08 billion (€117.8 million) during the second quarter ending 30 June 2014, a decrease of -5% compared with SEK 1.1 billion (€120 million) during the same period last year.The company reported a decline of -17% in operating pr...


UK – Lack of niche skills holding back contractors

21 August 2014

Contractors who fail to display niche and in-demand skills risk being overlooked by recruiters, according to a survey from employment services provider Parasol, which asked more than 40 recruitment consultants to describe their policy towards contractors nearing the end of an assignment.The vast...


Northern Ireland – Two charged with human trafficking and labour exploitation

21 August 2014

Two men have appeared before magistrates in Northern Ireland charged with a total of 50 offences following a joint investigation by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) and the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) into suspected human trafficking and labour exploitation.In the past week, 2...


UK – Calls for an overhaul of graduate recruitment

21 August 2014

The fear of having a blank CV after graduating from university is forcing large numbers of graduates into the wrong roles, with a quarter of them expected to quit within a year, reports The Daily Telegraph.The level of churn in new hires may not be surprising, but findings from a report by adviso...


UK – Harvey Nash releases positive trading update

20 August 2014

In a trading statement released today, staffing firm Harvey Nash (HVN: LSE) announced that its interim results for the six months ending 31 July 2014 are expected to be in line with management expectations, despite currency headwinds.The Group’s performance in the UK, Ireland, and USA was robust...


UK – Osborne Clarke issues guidance for companies with workers located in politically sensitive countries

20 August 2014

Multinational businesses with interests in hotspot areas will rightly be concerned about the risks posed to the safety and security of its employees, assets, and supply chains. This is not only a moral and business concern for multinational employers, but also a legal one.In light of the recent u...