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UK – Code of Practice launched to ensure fair recruitment vetting for sensitive jobs

8 October 2014

The Cabinet Office today published a new Code of Practice to ensure national security vetting requirements are applied fairly by all parties in the recruitment supply chain. The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), as part of its role on the Association of Independent Professio...


Europe – Women on boards more than doubles in 10 years, but work still to be done

8 October 2014

More than 20% of directors on large European company boards are women, a significant increase from 15.6% just two years ago, and a jump from +8% in 2004, according to the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis.At the same time, however, the 2014 study revealed a continued scarcity of...


UK – Parasol lobbies Labour Party over umbrella company crackdown

8 October 2014

Parasol, the UK-based provider of contractor and freelancer employment services, is lobbying the Labour Party amid reports the party is planning a tax crackdown on umbrella companies.The intervention comes after Labour floated the idea of tackling “the use of umbrella firms to avoid tax and natio...


World – Ciett announces support for world day for decent work

8 October 2014

The 7th October has been officially declared the World Day for Decent Work. As a result, the International Confederation of Private Employment Services (Ciett) has announced its full support of the decent work agenda and has re-committed itself to promoting decent work.In a statement, Ciett advis...


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...