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Europe – Better recognition of non-education-based skills needed to improve labour market

20 November 2014

Member States still have a long way to go to ensure that knowledge, skills, and competences acquired outside school or university are recognised, valued, and accepted despite some good progress since 2010, according the “2014 European Inventory on Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learni...


Netherlands – Government advisory group recommends amending staffing agency use rules

19 November 2014

European rules covering foreign workers in the Netherlands need to be revised and there should be an EU-wide blacklist of companies that commit employment-related fraud, according to the Dutch government advisory group SER, reports dutchnews.nl. SER; which comprises union, employer, and lay...


UK – One in six employers to expand into the EU by 2016

19 November 2014

One in six UK employers (16%) plan to expand their operations into Europe in the next two years, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).These developments, in addition to those already active overseas and those with expansion plans beyond...


Hungary – Reverse VAT to be applied to temporary staffing agencies

19 November 2014

Reverse VAT (value added tax) will be applied to temporary staffing companies under a last minute change by the ruling Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Alliance) Party to the tax law approved on Tuesday, Lajos Kosa, Deputy Head of Fidesz advised: reports alon.hu. The practice of obliging the buyer, n...


UK – Stark differences between men and women’s salary and job expectations

19 November 2014

Fewer than one-in-seven UK women envisage their ideal salary being above £100,000 a year, fewer than half the proportion of men who aspire to earn that much, according to job board Adzuna, reports The Telegraph. Asked to name their target salary, just 14% of women went for the top option of...


UK – Fears over quality of out-of-step training and skills on the workforce

19 November 2014

The UK’s system of training and skills provision is growing increasingly out of step with the needs of the modern economy and that change is needed if the UK workforce is to remain competitively skilled, according to new research from the Skills Commission, report civilserviceworld.com. The...


UK - What’s happening with RPO?

19 November 2014

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is a growing trend. The market was worth we estimated $4.4 billion in 2013 and placed at least 2 million permanently and contingent workers. Amongst the 270+ buyers with more than 1,000 global employees we surveyed this year, 30% are looking to seriously empl...


Sweden – SJR in Scandinavia reports strong Q3 profit growth

18 November 2014

Swedish staffing firm SJR in Scandinavia AB (SJRB: SS) reported revenue for the three months ending 30 September 2014 of SEK 69.7 million (€7.5 million), an increase of +29% from SEK 54.2 million (€5.9 million) during the same period last year.The company achieved operating profit of SEK 7.2 mill...


Switzerland – Despite volatility, staffing market expected to grow

18 November 2014

The volume of temporary work decreased by -3.7% during October 2014 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Swiss Staffing, the Swiss Federation of Staffing Companies.This follows a year-on-year decline of -8.7% in September and growth of +6.8% in August.Since...


UK – Ineffective talent strategies risking future business growth

18 November 2014

While reports indicate that economic outlook in the UK is improving, a recent survey from TheJobPost has revealed that too few organisations are preparing existing staff for future growth. Such an oversight could cost businesses some of their best staff, to the detriment of the company’s competit...