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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...

World – Staffing agencies play a role in alleviating human trafficking

13 January 2012

The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett), has called on governments, trade unions and all responsible organisations to come together to ensure appropriate regulation is in place to eliminate human trafficking.

Fred van Haasteren, Ciett President, commented "as the global...

UK – Tribal Group's 2011 PBT significantly ahead of expectations

13 January 2012

Tribal Group Plc (TRB:LSE), the provider of technology products and services to the training, education and learning markets, has provided the following update in advance of the preliminary announcement of its results for the year ended 31 December 2011, which will be released on 22 March 2012. The company...

UK – Agencies must not play Russian roulette on VAT, says REC

13 January 2012

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has issued a reminder that agencies should avoid making changes to the way that VAT is charged on the provision of temporary staff in sectors such as healthcare, charities and financial services.
Following calls from the REC, Her Majesty's...

France – 90,000 jobs up for grabs

13 January 2012

90,000 jobs are up for grabs in France despite the recent increase in unemployment, according to new research carried out by specialist publication L'Usine Nouvelle.

The French railways (SNCF), Electricity of France (EDF) and the Post Office (La Poste) are among the largest companies with hiring intentions....

Finland – Pay increased by +4.7% y-o-y

13 January 2012

The wages and salaries sum of the whole economy was +4.7% greater in the past September to November period than in the corresponding period twelve months earlier, according to the latest data published by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).

In November alone, the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy...

Ireland – 65% of professional employers plan to hire in 2012

13 January 2012

65% of professional employers have plans to hire in 2012. A further 12% are still unsure of their recruitment strategies, whilst the remainder (23%) have no plans to hire over the next 12 months, according to a new survey carried out by the professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part...

UK – Gender pay gap prevents fathers from taking paternity leave

13 January 2012

90% of companies have had zero take-up of extended paternity leave by new fathers, according to a new survey by law firm Pannone. Around 66% of companies said they believed the lacklustre take up was for financial reasons with the father still being the main breadwinner in many households. The traditional...