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UK – Work experience programme row is “unfair”

29 February 2012

After the UK training company Action for Employment (A4e) was last week accused of forcing jobseekers to work unpaid in its own offices as part of a government work experience programme, a row has broken out as to whether such schemes are really legitimate or not. The government is set to meet companies...

Around the Web – Temporary labour on the increase in Australia, Adecco finds

29 February 2012

A new report on temporary labour in Australia has been published by Adecco, which highlights that the number of temporary workers has continued to grow in 2011/12, reaching 428,000. The firm also said that temporary jobs are now estimated to be outgrowing total employment with 4.0% growth in 2010/11,...

USA - Impellam Names Leaders for North America

28 February 2012

Impellam Group PLC, a global staffing provider, named new leadership for its North America operations. The firm promoted Jennifer Beck to CEO of its North American business, John Vlha to CFO and Patrick Ray to chief operating officer.

Beck joined Impellam in 2010 as managing director of the...

USA - CDI Revenue Rises 8%

28 February 2012

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) reported revenue rose 8.0 percent to 268.0 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, from $248.0 million in the year-ago quarter.

Fourth-quarter engineering solutions revenue rose 17.7 percent to $152.5 million. Fourth-quarter revenue in CDI’s Management Recruiters International...

USA - Heidrick & Struggles Q4 Revenue Flat

28 February 2012

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) reported net revenue was essentially flat at $127.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year.

Fourth-quarter Americas net revenue rose 4.3 percent to $69.4 million. However,...

France – Temporary employment sees sharp decline in January

28 February 2012

The year did not start well for temporary employment in France, as the industry recorded a decline of -3.9% in January when compared to the previous year. This is according to the employment barometer published by the French federation of employment agencies, PRISME. 

The decline has been ongoing...

Italy – New decree eases temporary employment legislation

28 February 2012

Over the weekend the Italian Government approved a decree which will provide a little more flexibility for providers and users of temporary workers through amendment to the Biagi law of 2003 on temporary agencies.

In Italy, temporary staffing is only permitted for technical reasons, or reasons to do with...

UK – Ochre House makes acquisitions

28 February 2012

Ochre House, the specialist recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) provider, has acquired two strategic resourcing firms in the Middle East and North Africa, TAAHEED and Carmichael Fisher.

The company says that the acquisitions will significantly expand its international capabilities in response to increasing...

Norway – AWD “propaganda” comes at a cost for temporary workers

28 February 2012

Since Norway is still in the middle of discussing the possible implementation of the European Agency Work Directive (AWD), with unions and politicians urging the Government to veto the directive, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise NHO, has joined the debate, ahead of Government talks regarding...

Europe – EU warns Member States over “red tape facing highly qualified migrants”

28 February 2012

Three EU Member States –  Cyprus, Austria and Greece – “are still making it too difficult for highly skilled people to come and work in the EU,” the EU Commission said. Although the countries were warned in July 2011, they have so far failed to transpose the rules of the Blue Card Directive,...