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Netherlands – Irish recruitment firm Atlanco Rimec accused of exploiting workers again

15 May 2015

FNV, the largest trade union in the Netherlands, has urged the Dutch transport ministry to stop using contractors and employment agencies that exploit workers and break labour laws, reports dutchnews.nl.The call follows claims on Dutch television that Irish-owned international recruitment firm Al...


UK – Recruiters in the dark about compliance

15 May 2015

A quarter of UK recruitment agencies are unsure whether recent HMRC legislation will affect their business, according to research from recruitment software specialist firm Mercury xRM, reports onrec.com. The company, which polled a select number of recruitment agencies to determine how well...


UK – Younger workers four times more likely to “pull a sickie”

15 May 2015

Workers over the age of 50 pull fewer “sickies” than their younger colleagues, according to a new report from insurance firm RIAS, reports thenational.scot.Research firm RIAS found that 44% of those aged between 20 and 39 admitted to lying to their boss and pulling a “sickie” at some point in the...


Sweden – Demand for agency staff steady but expected to decrease in future

14 May 2015

Demand for agency staff in Sweden looks set to remain on par during the second quarter compared with the first. Despite a slowdown in the industrial sector, which accounts for a quarter of the staffing industry, according to the latest Staffing Indicator from Swedish Staffing Association Bemannin...


UK – Saville Consulting acquired by Towers Watson

14 May 2015

Global professional services company Towers Watson (TW: NSDQ) last month acquired UK-headquartered international psychometric assessment company Saville Consulting.Julie Gebauer, global leader for Towers Watson’s Talent and Rewards business segment, said: “With the addition of Saville Consulting’...


UK – New government urged to be freelance-friendly

14 May 2015

Freelance sector representative bodies have called on the Conservative government to be more freelance-friendly, according to freelanceuk.com. New ministerial posts, less red tape, and a conciliation service for unpaid freelancers are three of the demands that the sector is making of the newly el...


UK – Productivity not harmed by foreign workers, says Bank of England Governor

14 May 2015

Britain’s economy is now growing at half the speed of France’s; but Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, has dismissed fears that cheap foreign labour has hurt UK productivity, reports The Metro.GDP growth has been downgraded from 2.9% to 2.5%, with Mr Carney citing an increase in the nu...


Sweden – NetJobs’ focus on main markets results in revenue growth

13 May 2015

Swedish job board NetJobs (NJOB: STO) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 March 2015 of SEK 11.4 million (€1.2 million), an increase of 23% compared with SEK 9.2 million (€989,291) during the same quarter last year.    Q1 2015 Q1 2014 Change Revenue SEK...


France – Growth in temporary worker numbers eases in March

13 May 2015

The number of temporary workers in France increased by 1.0% in March 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from French job centre Pôle Emploi. Compared with February 2015 the number of temporary workers decreased by 1.4% to 591,600.The year-on-year growth r...


Switzerland – Investor urges Adecco to rethink appointment of Dehaze as CEO

13 May 2015

US-based fund manager Artisan Partners, which owns 3.9% of global staffing giant Adecco (ADEN: VX), has called on the company’s board to change its mind over the appointment of Alain Dehaze as successor to departing CEO Patrick De Maeseneire, reports Reuters.Coinciding with publication of Adecco’...