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Austria – Agency staff criticised in Vienna's healthcare sector

17 January 2012

The Viennese audit office has harshly criticised the use of agency staff in the healthcare industry because the costs of employing agency workers is higher than hiring permanent employees. A 117-page document summarises the findings of the audit office, which investigated the financial expenditure of...

Norway – “Systematic discrimination” against ethnic minorities in hiring process

17 January 2012

According to a research report commissioned by the Ministry for Children and Equality, some job applicants from ethnic minorities are discriminated against in the recruitment process. The report concludes that this restricts those from minorities to effectively participate in working life.

The report...

Ireland – Retrospective effect of Agency Work Bill may be unconstitutional

16 January 2012

The Temporary Agency Work Bill 2011 was published on 16 December 2011. The Bill is not as detailed as might have been expected and is liable to considerable amendment as it proceeds through the lower and upper houses of parliament (Oireachtas).

The Bill provides that agency workers should receive equal...

Italy – Agency employment grows strongest in 'traditionally male' sectors

16 January 2012

The number of agency temporary employees was up by +4.9% from 266,450 in Q3 2010 to 279,532 in Q3 2011, according to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).

Quarter-on-quarter, the number of agency temporary...

Germany – Agency workers protect a fifth of all jobs

16 January 2012

"Without agency staff a fifth of all jobs in Germany would not exist," claimed Martin Kannegieser, president of Germany's federation of employers’ associations in the metal and electrical engineering industries (Gesamtmetall). In an interview with the German economic newspaper Handelsblatt...

Norway – A third of agency staff unemployed prior to their jobs

16 January 2012

Every third employee in the staffing industry was registered unemployed before taking on their agency jobs, shows a study carried out by market research firm Synovate on behalf of NHO Service, the Norwegian federation of service industries. But overall the study highlights the positive aspects of agency...

World – 25% of millennials expect to have six or more employers

16 January 2012

The millennial generation (born between the late 1980s and 2000), now flooding into employment, will shape the world of work for years to come. Attracting the best of these millennial workers is critical to the future of business. Their career aspirations, attitudes about work, and knowledge of new technologies...

Europe – Strong increase in employment rate for 'older' people

16 January 2012

The proportion of the population in the European Union (EU) who are aged 55 and over rose from 25% in 1990 to 30% in 2010, and is estimated to reach around 40% by 2060. In connection with the demographic challenges presented by this increase, the European Union has designated 2012 as the European Year...

Sweden – Staffing firm Proffice acquires Dfind for 18 million Euro

13 January 2012

Stockholm-based staffing firm, Proffice AB, has announced the acquisition of the remaining 49% of Swedish staffing agency Dfind for almost 18 million Euro. The acquisition comes one year earlier than planned. Payments will be made in February 2013.

Proffice has owned 51% of Dfind since 2005 and a buyout...

The Netherlands – Minister tackles "evil" rogue agencies

13 January 2012

The Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Henk Kamp, has called rogue agencies in the Netherlands a "persistent evil" and aims to reduce their numbers drastically over the next two years. He plans to impose high fines on these so-called rogue agencies and, if necessary, close them...