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Belgium – Temp hours down in January

27 February 2012

The number of hours worked by agency temporary employees was down by -7.67% in January 2012 when compared with January 2011, according to the latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian temporary employment market published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).

Year-on-year, the number...

France – Unemployment rises and temporary assignments fall

27 February 2012

The unemployment rate in France has reached a 12-year high in January, according to the most recent data published by the French Ministry of Labour. Unemployment has risen for the ninth consecutive month in January  with the number of registered job seekers in France increasing by 13,400 to 2.86...

The Netherlands – Opposition politician wants to end successive temporary contracts

27 February 2012

The Dutch candidate aspiring to become the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Martijn van Dam, said at the weekend that he was a great supporter of temporary employment but said he wanted to get rid of successive temporary contracts under the temporary employment and security act and argued that...

UK – Agency market “to thrive post-AWR”

27 February 2012

After the Agency Work Directive (AWR) was implemented in October last year, the recruitment industry is said to have coped well with the “challenges” posed by the directive in the UK.

Philippa George, chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) in Wales said in an interview that the...

UK – Christian council worker not allowed to take Sundays off, tribunal rules

27 February 2012

A tribunal in the UK has ruled that a council worker was not constructively dismissed after a “devout Christian” wanted to take off Sundays on religious grounds. The claimant, Celestina Mba, argued that her employer, Merton Council, had unfairly dismissed her but the tribunal now ruled that she was...

World – Job-for-life mentality is over

27 February 2012

Jobs for mid-career changers seem to be on the increase as 47% of posts in Japan will be filled by those switching jobs in the middle of their career this year, with job development being the main factor for these candidates to pursue a new role according to recruitment firm Hays.

Managing Director of...

Around the Web – Opinion in France and Spain

27 February 2012

The role of temporary employment agencies have been hotly debated since the European Agency Work Directive (AWD) has been widely implemented across the continent. Two international articles on the perception of the AWD and attitudes towards temporary agencies in France and Spain paint an interesting...

World – Hudson Highland better prepared for “market contraction in Europe”

24 February 2012

Hudson Highland Group (HHGP:NSQ), an international provider of professional recruitment and related talent solutions, announced in its financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended 31 December 2011 that revenue for the quarter went up only marginally by +1.7% to US$222.7 from US$219,061...

Germany – Give temporary work a chance, urges Labour Minister

24 February 2012

The German Labour Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, has come to the defence of temporary employment in the country, after a collective bargaining round for temporary workers this week has so far not led to any agreement. The topic always stirs up a hot debate in a country where mixed views regarding temporary...

The Netherlands – Young temporary workers branded “losers”

24 February 2012

The “big losers” in the Dutch labour market are those aged 25 to 35 “floating around on temporary contracts”, according to a news report on trouw.nl. The report claims that fewer young people are offered permanent contracts and one researcher at the Institute of Labour Studies at the University...