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Netherlands – Few workers expect to benefit from new Work and Security Act

16 March 2015

Only a quarter (25%) of workers in the Netherlands understand what the introduction of the Work and Security Act (Wet Werk en Zekerheid, WWZ) means for them personally, according to recruitment firm Randstad.Currently, temporary workers employed for three years by the same staffing firm or with t...


Ireland – Agency worker loses pay complaint challenge

16 March 2015

An Irish truck driver employed by a recruitment agency who claimed he was paid lower rates by waste company Greenstar Ltd than drivers directly employed by the company has lost his High Court challenge to the rejection of his complaint, reports irishtimes.com.Patrick Mulhollan...


UK – SThree reports strong gross profit growth in contract recruitment

13 March 2015

International recruitment firm SThree (STHR: LSE) reported gross profit for the first quarter ending 28 February 2015 of £53.5 million, an increase of 17% in constant currency (CC) compared with £47.8 million in Q1 2014.The strongest increase in gross profit was reported in the company’s contract...


Netherlands – Female freelancers earn less than their male counterparts

13 March 2015

In 2014, female freelancers in the Netherlands earned 5% less than male freelancers, according to research from Dutch payrolling firm Tentoo. Despite the not insignificant difference, it marks an improvement compared with previous years.The difference in hourly rates between the sexes in 2013 was...


Denmark – Job advert numbers continue to rise

13 March 2015

There were 19,700 new jobs advertised online in Denmark during February 2015, an increase of 1,500 adverts compared with January, according to Danish job board Jobindex.The increase in the number of jobs stemmed from both the public and private sectors, however was primarily driven by a 22% incre...


Germany – Labour costs up

13 March 2015

Labour costs in Germany, during the third quarter of 2014, rose by 2.3%, according to the Federal Statistics Office. This compares with an average growth rate of 1.4% across the European Union, reports personaldienstleister.de.Labour costs comprise gross earnings and non-wage costs; including soc...


UK – Technology companies surging in popularity as employers of choice

13 March 2015

IT & Telecoms companies in the UK are more popular as employers than at any time in the last three years, according to a survey from Randstad Technologies.The survey found that, for the fourth year running, the Automotive industry was perceived as the most attractive sector in which to work.&...


France – Marginal increase in temporary worker numbers in January

12 March 2015

The number of temporary workers in France increased by 0.6% in January 2015 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the French job centre Pôle Emploi. Compared with December 2014, the number of temporary workers decreased by 0.9% to 596,300 workers.While the i...


Interview – Excellence AG planning for growth as other recruiters look to control costs

12 March 2015

In an interview with Staffing Industry Analysts, Vera Calasan, CEO of German engineering and project services recruitment firm Excellence AG, discussed the current trends in the German professional staffing market and how her company has managed to outpace the market.“Unlike in the UK and Netherl...


UK – Recruitment agencies anticipating revenue and profit growth in 2015

12 March 2015

The majority of the UK's recruitment agencies are feeling confident about the coming year, with 85% expecting to make a profit, according to the 2015 UK Recruitment Trends Report from Bullhorn, a provider of cloud-based recruitment software, reports paystream.co.uk.The survey revealed that 93% of...