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UK – Taxman cracking down on locum social workers according to APSCo

8 December 2014

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is focusing on contract social workers as part of a drive to stop false self-employment, warns the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).Speaking to Community Care, a representative body of the UK’s social care sector, Samantha Hurley, H...


Sweden – Government crisis means less money for public employment services

8 December 2014

The decision by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to call a snap election on 22 March 2015, following the defeat of his centre-left minority government’s budget in Parliament; means that promised increased spending for the Public Employment Service and the Work Environment Authority will be un...


UK - SThree Results in line with expectations

5 December 2014

SThree plc (STHR: LSE) gave a trading update today and reported a “successful finish to the year with Q4 performance in line with expectations”. Group gross profit for Q4 was up +27% year-on-year and for the full year up +18% at £218.2 million on a constant currency and like-for-like basis.In the...


Netherlands – Staffing agencies accused of ripping off foreign workers

5 December 2014

Staffing agencies are making thousands of euros each month by pocketing reductions in the cost of health insurance policies of foreign workers, according to the Volkskrant, reports DutchNews.Health insurers offer group reductions on policies of between €10 and €15 per person per month. This reduc...


Netherlands – ABU expresses concerns at temp restrictions in collective agreements

5 December 2014

The General Union of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU) wrote earlier this month to Lodewijk Asscher, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and Deputy Prime Minister, because the union feels that the number of un-desirable and unnecessary restrictions on hiring temporary workers is growi...


UK - Skills shortage could mean unhappy Christmas

5 December 2014

The number of people placed in permanent jobs continued to rise in November. However, the rate of growth was the slowest for one-and-a-half years. This was the conclusion of the latest monthly Report on Jobs published today by The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG from...


Netherlands – Majority of freelancers expect to earn more in 2015

5 December 2014

According to research carried out by payroll company Tentoo with 401 freelancers, almost 53% of respondents think they will earn more next year compared to 2014, reports Flexnieuws. About 42% expected to have the same income in 2015 as this year and only a few (almost 5%) think it will...


UK - Autumn Statement raises questions for umbrella companies

4 December 2014

The Autumn Statement raised a number of questions for umbrella companies, with the Chancellor announcing that the Government plans to scrutinise umbrella companies as part of a crackdown on tax avoidance, reports Osborne Clarke.The Chancellor announced that “the government will stop tax relief fr...


UK – Hays expands into US IT Sector with acquisition of Veredus Corp

4 December 2014

International recruitment firm Hays has acquired 80% of Veredus Corp (“Veredus”), for an initial consideration of approximately circa £28 million ($44.0 million), on a cash free / debt free basis. The remaining 20% of equity in Veredus will be retained by the selling shareholders, all of whom wil...


Netherlands – Migrant temporary workers increasingly active in Dutch labour market

4 December 2014

Migrant workers are increasingly active in the Dutch labour market, according to a study of ABU members conducted by Conclusr Research. ABU members placed 89,000 migrant workers at Dutch organisations with migrants representing 13% of all temporary agency workers in the Netherlands.Members s...