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Europe – German employment figures strong but Dutch market strained

17 February 2012

For Germany and the Netherlands, which respectively make up the third and fourth largest staffing market in Europe according to Staffing Industry Analysts’ research, employment and unemployment figures have been published which give a good indication of how the market might the develop in the future....

World – Salaries stable in Japan but skills shortage proves challenging

17 February 2012

The global recruitment firm Hays has published its salary guide for Japan, one of the largest staffing markets in the world, and has found some surprising results as salary increases will remain “negligible” this year:

  • 61% of employers in Japan gave a salary increase of less than 3% last year...

UK – IT recruitment firm InterQuest announces new COO

17 February 2012

The specialist IT recruitment firm InterQuest Group plc (AIM: ITQ.L), today announced the appointment to the Board of Gary Goldsmith as Chief Operating Officer, with immediate effect.

Mr. Goldsmith has worked as a senior business Director in the UK and European recruitment industry. He joined  Sthree...

The Netherlands – Randstad sees gradual slowdown in Europe

16 February 2012

The world’s second largest staffing firm, Randstad (RAND:AEX), announced its annual and fourth-quarter results, reporting a gradual slowdown in Europe as the debt crisis hit the market although the company performed strongly in North America.

The firm also announced a net loss of €16.5 million against...

UK – Impellam profits up and possible dividend on the way

16 February 2012

Profits before tax (PBT) rose +22.7% to £32.9 million for FY 2011, up from £26.8 million in 2010 at Impellam Group Plc (IPEL:LSE). The company said it will be in a position to pay a cash dividend starting with the 2012 interims, pending shareholder approval.

Preliminary results for the full year ended...

France – Reduced cost of employment to benefit businesses in the service sector

16 February 2012

French employers will see their social charges reduced from October 2012. The lower chamber of the French parliament yesterday voted in favour of the controversial law known as the social VAT (‘TVA sociale’). The aim of the law is to reduce the cost of employment and finance the social security system...

Germany – BMW and Lufthansa court ruling in favour of temporary employment

16 February 2012

Opponents of temporary work may not be pleased with the verdict of two German courts, which ruled in favour of temporary employment in the two separate cases involving BMW and Lufthansa; both companies are allowed to continue their plans regarding temporary employment although all has not been said and...

Brazil – Volkswagen fined for use of temporary workers

16 February 2012

After two German firms, Lufthansa and BMW landed up in German courts over the use of temporary workers, now Volkswagen (VW) has joined the club – although, not in Germany but in Brazil. The firm was fined €440,000 over its violation of national labour laws by an employment tribunal in Sao Paulo.


Europe – UK ranked number one in executive recruitment barometer

16 February 2012

The UK is crowned number one in the latest European Executive Recruitment Consulting Industry Barometer. The Barometer assesses recruiters’ estimation of short-term trends in the executive sector in six countries: Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. Participants...

UK – Comensura extends contract with 12 local authorities

16 February 2012

Comensura, part of the Impellam Group, announced today that it has agreed an extension of its collaborative temporary workforce framework contract with the North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO) for a further two years. The extension consolidates the partnership between Comensura and NEPO which...