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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...

Czech Republic – Blue-collar migrant workers in decline

24 February 2012

The Czech Republic is in constant need of migrant workers, but work permits are increasingly difficult to get hold of for low-skilled labourers in the country. This is due to “a protectionist immigration policy”, which allegedly drives numbers of foreign workers down. According to the Czech Statistical...

Germany – Number of fixed-term contracts breaks record

24 February 2012

German newspapers today reported that the trend of fixed-term employment “can’t be broken” as around 2.7 million were employed on such contracts in 2011. This sets a new record as only ten years ago, this number was down by one million.

One paper, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, claimed that...

Sweden – “Important decision” made for staffing in care sector

24 February 2012

New regulations for the recruitment of staff in the care sector have been established after a committee initiative has been set up by the Green Party, the Social Democrats and the Left Party. The new guidelines will apply to the hiring of staff for nursing homes and tighten the recruitment of employees...

UK – APSCo announces new Finance Sector chairman

24 February 2012

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) today announced that Keith Wilmott has joined as Chairman of its Finance Sector Group. Mr Wilmott takes over from previous Chairman, Uzair Bawany, who holds the position of Deputy Chair of the APSCo Executive Committee.

“We’re thrilled to...

Sweden – Proffice sees record year as revenues rise

23 February 2012

Proffice (PROEB:STO), one of Scandinavia’s largest staffing firms, today announced “a record year” with revenues for the fourth quarter going up by +13% to €145.7 million (SEK 1.284 million) from €128.9 million (SEK 1.136 million) in the same quarter last year. Revenues for the full year ended...

UK – A4e entangled in Work Programme row

23 February 2012

Action for Employment (A4e), a UK training company, is accused of a “conflict of interest” by The Guardian newspaper for compelling jobseekers to work unpaid in its own offices for at least a month at a time.

The company, which was employed to help jobseekers into work as part of the government’s...