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UK – Robert Walters reports double-digit net fee income growth across all regions

7 October 2014

International recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) reported net fee income of £56.8 million for the third quarter ending 30 September 2014, an increase of +16% in constant currency from £51.7 million last year.Robert Walters, the eponymous Chief Executive, commented: "The Group has con...


Sweden – Large staffing firms struggling, as niche players grow their market share

7 October 2014

Some of the largest staffing firms in Sweden have incurred shrinking revenues and been forced to reduce their pools of temporary agency workers in recent years, while smaller recruitment firms are thriving, reports dn.se. The largest staffing company in Sweden, ManpowerGroup, which holds a f...


Europe – Economic recovery fragile with uncertain employment outlook

7 October 2014

Europe’s economic recovery that started in Spring 2013 remains fragile and future employment developments remain uncertain, according to the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, reports ec.europa.eu. Employment has continued to grow in most sect...


UK – Business Secretary Vince Cable attacks ruthless employment laws

7 October 2014

Vince Cable used his keynote speech at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow to announce an inquiry into employment rights. Mr Cable said that up to one million people employed in the UK are unrepresented by current legislation, reports lawgazette.co.uk. Mr Cable’s chief criticisms of t...


Germany – Thousands of jobs to be replaced by robots

7 October 2014

Car manufacturing giant Volkswagen hopes to put more robots to work as it bids farewell to its retiring baby boomers, the company's Chief of Human Resources wrote in newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, reports thelocal.de. Writing as a guest contributor, Horst Neumann explained that over the next...


Belgium – Staffing industry reports strong second quarter

6 October 2014

There was some weakening of the Belgian economy during the second quarter of 2014, which reported growth of only +0.4% when compared with the same period last year, according to Federgon, the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies.However, despite the slowdown in economic growth, the staffing in...


UK – Demand for professional talent up +25%

6 October 2014

Professional recruitment firms now have +25% more vacancies on their books than this time last year, according to a new survey from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). The organisation’s latest research comes as the Treasury’s growth forecast for the UK economy stands at +...


Cyprus – GRS Recruitment issued first temporary worker licence

6 October 2014

Cyprus-based recruitment firm Global Recruitment Solutions (GRS) announced that it has been granted the first licence to provide temporary workers to companies in Cyprus, in accordance with the Temporary Workers Act 2012.The new license, issued by the Cyprus Ministry of Labour, means GRS are the...


Ireland – Skills shortages delaying recovery

6 October 2014

Activity in the Irish labour market is rising, but choke points are already emerging at what is an early stage in the recovery cycle, reports the Irish Examiner. Recruitment firms Mercer and Hays have both issued reports recently which point to the emergence of skills shortages across the ec...


UK – Employers struggling with absence levels of secret carers

6 October 2014

More than one-in-three employers report that absence levels have increased because their staff are struggling to cope with their caring responsibilities outside work, according to the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).New figures from the professional body for HR and people...