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World – Manpower wants to increase growth in India

20 January 2012

The Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) was only founded last year, something which gives a strong indication of the development of the staffing industry in the region. Competition in the Indian temporary staffing industry is tough with agencies having introduced lower recruitment fees to outperform each...

The Netherlands – Influx of agency workers from Southern Europe expected

20 January 2012

Employment agencies in the Netherlands are this year expecting a wave of migrant workers from Southern Europe. Young professionals that are unable to find work in their home countries due to the unstable economic climate in the region are, in particular, prepared to go abroad and find employment as agency...

World – International recruiting organisations reinforce partnership

20 January 2012

The US-headquartered Worldwide Recruiting Network NPA and the UK-based Employment Agency Movement TEAM have reinforced their strategic partnership, which was first established in 2009.

Recent negotiations between the two organisations have resulted in an arrangement that will benefit all NPA members by...

UK – Empresaria sees improvement from disappointing first half

19 January 2012

The international staffing group Empresaria Group plc (EMR:LSE) today issued a trading update for its financial year ended 31 December 2011 in which the chief executive Joost Kreulen spoke of “disappointing first half results.” 

Despite this, the Board also confirmed that full year trading is...

UK – Work Group reports strong balance sheet

19 January 2012

Ahead of its close period, Work Group plc (WORK:LSE) reports gross profit (net fee income or NFI) for the year ended 31 December 2011 was 13.1 million Pounds, +5.2% up on the corresponding period last year. 

In a trading update issued today the company stated that “The balance sheet remains strong...

The Netherlands – Employment associations to combat discrimination in staffing industry

19 January 2012

The two Dutch associations representing private employment agencies, ABU and NBBU, have today started talks with the Employment Minister Paul de Krom regarding the widespread acts of discrimination that take place in the staffing industry.

ABBU and NBBU have announced they will present the Minister with...

UK – Parasol expects to be sold within 18 months

19 January 2012

Parasol, the umbrella firm which provides payroll services to independent contractors, is expecting to be sold within the next 18 months although this does not stop the company from pursuing its goals of becoming an international business services group.

Parasol, which was founded in 2000, was backed...

Norway – Unions strike against EU Agency Work Directive

19 January 2012

Hundreds of people formed yesterday in major Norwegian cities to protest against the European Union Agency Work Directive which has a direct impact on staffing industry regulations in the country. Opponents mainly included members of trade unions who fear that the implementation of the Directive will...

Poland – Firms expected to hire more agency staff in 2012

19 January 2012

Over 70% of firms in Poland are planning to increase their headcount this year – although not by hiring permanent staff, but instead by increasingly employing agency staff, temporary workers, freelancers and the self-employed.

The Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports these findings by basing...

The Netherlands – AamigoO plans to acquire rival company Adver

18 January 2012

Dutch staffing firm AamigoO Group NV has entered into negotiations with Adver-Online Ltd, which it is likely to acquire in the near future. AamigoO and the shareholders of Adver will spend the coming weeks discussing the potential acquisition. According to AamigoO, a takeover will make a "substantial"...