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France - Staffing agencies given permission to offer apprenticeships

25 July 2011

Staffing agencies will in future be allowed to offer apprenticeships following official permission by Employment Minister Xavier Bertrand, according to the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).Staffing agencies will be able to accompany young apprentices...


UK - HMRC announcement on pay day tax relief could damage recruitment

25 July 2011

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) latest announcement on 'pay day by pay day tax relief models' may have unwelcome connotations for the recruitment industry, and could lead to wages inflation according to the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC).HMRC's announcement is targeted...


Germany - Temporary employment forecast to reach one million this year

25 July 2011

The number of agency temporary employees will grow from currently approximately 800,000 to one million by November 2011 according to Andreas Dinges, Country Manager for Germany and Austria at staffing agency Adecco Germany.Dinges, who is also a board member of the Association of Temporary Staffin...


World - ManpowerGroup achieves strong operational leverage in Q2 2011

22 July 2011

Revenues were up by +23.6% from $4.58 billion in Q2 2010 to $5.66 billion in Q2 2011 at ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), the world's third-largest staffing firm. In constant currency revenues were up by +12%. The results exceeded analyst expectations.Interim results for the three months ended 30 June 20...


Netherlands - USG People hit by slow growth in the Dutch market

22 July 2011

Revenues were up by +9% from 747 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 815 million Euro in Q2 2011 at Dutch staffing firm USG People (USG:AEX). Acquisitions contributed +0.4% to the growth.Interim results for the three months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that the temporary employment markets continued their po...


UK - Work Group confident that expectations will be met

22 July 2011

Ahead of its close period, Work Group Plc (WORK:LSE), the employer marketing, communications and talent management services provider, has announced that net fee income (gross profit) for the six months ended 30 June 2011 was 6.4 million Pounds, +7% up on the corresponding period last year.In addi...


UK - Businesses failing to prepare for agency worker laws

22 July 2011

With less than three months to go until the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) come into force, research carried out by specialist recruitment consultancy Reed shows that the majority of businesses aren't prepared for the scale of administration that compliance will require.AWR will go live on 1 Oc...


Netherlands - Unemployment at around 5% for sixth month

22 July 2011

Seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 392,000 in June 2011, a reduction of -9,000 when compared with May 2011, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).  Figures published by the Institute for the Implementation of Employees' Insurances (UWV) show that th...


UK - 75% of employers looking to hire more permanent staff

22 July 2011

Business confidence is on the rise again with nearly three-quarters of employers expecting to increase their workforce over the next three months, according to the latest July JobsOutlook, published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). A further 66% are looking to increase the...


Eurozone - Growth slows to near-stagnation in July

22 July 2011

The latest Flash Eurozone Purchasing Managers Composite Output Index (PMI), compiled by research firm Markit, fell from 53.3 in June 2011 to 50.8 in July 2011. The latest reading was the lowest since August 2009 and signalled a near-stagnation of private sector output, the rate of growth having s...