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Switzerland – Challenging year ahead for the temporary staffing industry

18 March 2015

The removal of the base rate for the Swiss franc against the euro, which was announced in mid-January, had been expected to hit the temporary recruitment industry in February. That forecast proved accurate with the volume of temporary work down 10.2% during the month, compared with February 2014....


Europe – Court of Justice issues first ruling on the restriction of temporary agency work

18 March 2015

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) yesterday gave its first ever judgment on the interpretation of Article 4(1) of the Directive on Temporary Agency Work (AWD). The outcome of the case resulted in confirmation from the CJEU that member states must remove unjustified restrictions on the use of t...


UK – Demand for interim managers up

18 March 2015

Enquiries for interim management professionals in the UK are increasing, according to the latest polling data from the IMA, the body that represents the interim management provider industry.In its latest Ipsos MORI survey, the IMA reported increased demand towards the end of 2014 - with the avera...


France – Groupe Fed expands into Canada

18 March 2015

Private French recruitment firm Groupe Fed announced the launch of Fed Finance, the group’s finance recruitment subsidiary, in Canada. Fed Finance already has six offices across France but this will be the first overseas venture for the subsidiary. The Canadian office, based in Montreal, wil...


Netherlands – Growth continues in staffing market

17 March 2015

There were 10% more hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands during the second period of 2015 (1 Feb – 28 Feb), compared with the same four week period in 2014, according to the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU).Sales during period two also rose by 10% compared with last y...


Czech Republic – Agency worker numbers up

17 March 2015

Demand for agency workers has increased by 18% over the last year in the Czech Republic, according to recruitment agency Grafton Recruitment, reports financninoviny.cz. The penetration of agency workers, however, is 0.9%, below the European average of 1.6%. The latest survey from Grafton of...


UK – Sharp increase in professional vacancies in January but slowed in February

17 March 2015

After a strong uptick in hiring January 2015, February’s figures were more muted, however this was due to a timing adjustment than any slowdown after January’s exceptional spike in activity, according to the Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor.The number of new UK professional jobs decrease...


UK – Minimum wage set to rise again in October

17 March 2015

The national minimum wage will increase by 20p an hour to £6.70 from October, the government has announced, reports the BBC. The changes will benefit more than 1.4 million workers.The hourly rate for younger workers will also rise, and for apprentices it will go up by 20% - or 57p - to £3.30 an h...


UK – Capita acquires employer branding and engagement firm

16 March 2015

Capita (CPI: LSE), a provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services, has acquired ThirtyThree, a London and Bristol-based provider of employer branding, research, employee engagement, and digital media services.The acquisition is intended to strengthen Capita...


Scotland – Small rise in temporary billings, as hourly pay growth remains modest

16 March 2015

Scotland’s labour market continued to show signs of improvement during February with permanent placements up sharply amid strong demand for staff. That said, the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs reported an easing of salary inflation and relative weakness in the temporary jobs space, as bil...