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UK – Skills under-utilisation in the labour market must end, says report

11 January 2012

In the wake of the Chancellor's plans to make the skills system more responsive to employers, a report published by The Work Foundation argues that skills shortages are only part of the problem. The report shows how a failure to address the under-utilisation of skills, especially at the lower end of...

UK - Hays' Q2 NFI sees strong growth but struggles in home market

10 January 2012

Net fee income (NFI) was up by +9% in the quarter ended 31 December 2011 (financial Q2) at Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the second largest staffing agency in the UK. Like-for-like organic net fee growth at constant currency (LFL) was +8%.

Net fees in the temporary placement business, which accounts for 57% of...

Germany - Staffing industry concerned about premium pay suggestion

10 January 2012

Agency temporary employment in Germany is fundamentally different from agency temporary employment in France, which is why the recent call by the leader of the Social Democrat opposition (SPD), Siegmar Gabriel, for a 10% premium in pay for agency workers on the lines of the French model is viewed by...

UK - AWR could drive employers into early termination of temp contracts

10 January 2012

Nearly a third of organisations (29%) are likely to terminate contractors and temporary workers assignments prematurely because of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), according to research by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

A poll among recruiters found that close to a third...

UK - Resource Group acquires LRTT

10 January 2012

Specialist staffing agency Resource Group Ltd and Lufthansa Technical Training GmbH have reached an agreement that as of close of business on 31 December 2011 Resource Group would acquire all the share capital in their Joint Venture Company, Lufthansa Resource Technical Training Ltd (LRTT) and take full...

World - Executive search outlook most positive in the US

10 January 2012

43% of industry professionals in the major markets of the world predict that executive search activity will increase in 2012 over 2011, with the greatest sector rise expected in energy/natural resources followed by health care/life sciences and then manufacturing, according to the 2012 retained executive...

Italy - Labour reforms under way

10 January 2012

After the Italian Labour Minister Elsa Fornero last week announced her plans to transform the labour market, the government has started a round of consultations on reforming the labour market. This has caused an uproar amongst Italy's unions, which do not want to see the flexibility of the labour system...

Switzerland - Unemployment still one of the lowest in Europe

10 January 2012

The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) fell by -12.1% or by -17,974 individuals to 130,662 in December 2011 when compared with December 2010. Month-on-month, unemployment rose by +9,553 individuals, according to the latest figures published by the State Secretariat...

Europe – Adecco expecting significant pressure in Europe

9 January 2012

In a Reuters interview, the chief executive officer of Adecco in North America, Tig Gilliam, has stated that Adecco was expecting "significant pressure" in Western Europe, which may already be in recession.

Adecco also expects the stronger markets in Europe, particularly Germany which had a...

France - Ergalis continues on acquisition track

9 January 2012

Ergalis, the temporary employment agency which was founded in 2010 by investment firm Activa Capital, has announced the acquisition of Intérim Medical Service (IMS), the medical and paramedical specialist staffing agency, for an undisclosed amount.

IMS was founded in 1975 and generated revenues of 2.6...