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Slovakia – Labour code amendment introduces equal pay for agency workers

4 December 2014

Workers hired via temporary employment agencies will work under the same conditions as their colleagues hired directly by the end user as of the beginning of next year. This stems from the amendment to the Labour Code passed by the parliament on 2 December, according to the Slovak Spectator.As re...


Germany – Labour market unaffected by weakening German economy

4 December 2014

The German labour market continues to improve despite the faltering economy, according to the Institute of Employment Research (IAB).Employees worked approximately 15 billion hours in Q3 2014 which represents an increase of +1% on the same quarter last year. The number of hours worked rose by +0....


Scotland – NHS spent record sum on locum doctors last year

3 December 2014

The National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland spent a record £82m on locum doctors last year, an increase of £18m on the previous year, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland. These figures come in the wake of last month's announcement from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that th...


UK - Shared parental leave comes into force

3 December 2014

New rights to allow parents to share leave following the birth or adoption of their child have become law earlier this week.The rules mean that couples who are adopting or expecting a baby on or after the 5th April 2015 can fully share time off during the first year following birth or adoption; a...


UK – Hays CFO looks forward to 2015

3 December 2014

In an interview with the Financial Director, Paul Venables, CFO of Hays, outlined the challenges the business will face in 2015.What have been the biggest challenges for your business over the past year, and what role did finance play in addressing them?We have seen a strong improvement in m...


UK - Staffgroup Appoints James Slipper as CFO To Drive Growth in 2015

3 December 2014

Staffgroup, the parent company of specialist international recruitment brands Eurostaff and Earthstaff have appointed James Slipper as their Chief Financial Officer. James joins from the private equity firm Gresham where part of his portfolio was supporting the organic growth of a global speciali...


UK - PageGroup appoints Global Talent Director

3 December 2014

PageGroup, the global specialist recruitment company, has announced that Angela Webb will be stepping up into the role of Global Talent Director. Angela joined PageGroup in 1990 and pursued a highly successful career in Michael Page Finance that culminated in her running the Thames Valley busines...


LAST CHANCE – 'Managing AWR Successfully' webinar today

3 December 2014

The complexities of managing a workforce and more specifically supplemental staff or contingent resources in line with market rates, trends and legislation can be challenging.With the use of temporary workers having had a negative press in many parts of Europe, the European Union’s (EU) Agency Wo...


Netherlands – ABU: new dismissal rules a threat for the staffing industry

2 December 2014

The new employment protection which comes into force on 1 January for payroll employees are sowing confusion in the staffing industry since 10% to 20% of all temporary workers are expected to fall under the new regime, according to the Dutch staffing association ABU, in response to the decision b...


Germany – Skills shortages costing billions to the economy

2 December 2014

Policymakers are warning of a looming shortage of skills that the Cologne-based IW institute has estimated is already costing EUR 22 billion a year, according to Reuters.German bathroom fittings maker Hansgrohe is a successful firm with a track record of global exports and an attractive profit-sh...