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UK – Interim and contractor opportunities driving employment recovery

21 July 2014

The number of contract and interim vacancies in the UK increased by +20% during the second quarter, compared with the same period last year, and by +11% compared with Q1, according to recruitment firm Venn Group.Venn Group’s latest Employment Trends Index mirrors findings from think tank The...


UK – Pharmaceutical M&A activity creating greater demand for healthcare contractors

21 July 2014

Increased levels of mergers and acquisitions activity in the pharmaceutical sector has led to greater demand for healthcare contractors, according to the latest research from umbrella employment provider giant group.The company’s analysis of the healthcare market found that the number of contract...


UK – Recruitment boss lashes out at discrimination against white, British apprentices

21 July 2014

Essex County Council’s much-lauded apprenticeship scheme has been criticised by a local recruitment agency boss for discriminating against white British people, reports essexchronicle.co.uk.Ben Drain, Managing Director of Get Me Group, was looking into the authority’s grant for employers taking o...


UK – British jobseekers too shy on LinkedIn

21 July 2014

The nation’s famed modesty could be stopping people getting what they want from their careers, according to a new study released by LinkedIn UK. The findings show that almost a third (32%) of Brits shy away from talking about their own achievements in interviews and job reviews, whilst as ma...


Sweden – Poolia’s revenue falters in tough Swedish market

18 July 2014

Swedish staffing firm Poolia (POOLB: SS) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014 of SEK 176.8 million (€19.1 million), a fall of -6% compared with SEK 188.2 million (€20.4 million) last year.The company reported an operating loss of SEK 3.1 million (€335,653) for the period, a...


Sweden – Dedicare reports strong growth and sells Swedish care staffing business

18 July 2014

Swedish healthcare recruitment company Dedicare AB (DEDI: SS) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014 of SEK 127.4 million (€13.8 million), an increase of +11% compared with SEK 115.2 million (€12.5 million) last year. The company’s positive results contrast starkly with those...


UK – Union takes court action over use of agency workers to break strike

18 July 2014

Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, has threatened Northampton General Hospital (NGH) with legal action over claims that agency workers are forming their own companies and stepping in for striking workers.The union claims it is the first time a National Health Service (NHS) hospital has faced le...


UK - £15.5 billion wasted on recruitment annually

18 July 2014

Recruiters are wasting £15.5 billion per year by placing the wrong people in the wrong job, according to a survey by psychometric testing company PeopleMaps. In a recent survey of 1,569 people, 58% stated that they were working in environments incompatible with their personality, meaning they wer...


UK – Recruitment firms breach pensions auto-enrolment rules

18 July 2014

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, between 1st October 2012 and 30th April 2014, the Pensions Regulator recorded 25 breaches by recruitment agencies and staffing firms, according to outsourced employment provider Parasol.Warning letters were issued in 16 cases, while...


Portugal – Association of Private Employment Agencies elects new board

18 July 2014

The Portuguese Association of Enterprises in the Private Employment Sector (APESPE) has announced the election of its new board of directors. The new board will remain in post for the next four years.Alfonso Carvalho, Country Manager for Kelly Services Portugal, has been appointed to the position...