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Belgium - Private equity lines up for ACCENT

8 February 2012

After an initial screening, only a handful of candidates remain for the acquisition of the staffing agency ACCENT Jobs for People NV (‘ACCENT’) and these are made up only of private equity firms according to Dutch paper Time (De Tijd).

The Belgian private equity firm Gimv is looking to exit its 33%...

Sweden – Managers find it difficult to hire the right employees

8 February 2012

61% of Swedish managers experience difficulties in finding the right employee according to a study carried out on behalf of the Swedish recruitment firm Proffice. The survey questioned more than 400 managers at Swedish companies in both the public and the private sector and found that the majority of...

Switzerland – Job Index up from last year but weakening

8 February 2012

The number of new jobs advertised both in the press and on the internet is following a downward trend, according to the latest Swiss Job Market Index published by Zürich University on behalf of staffing agency Adecco.

Although the index is still higher than the corresponding value a year ago in Q4 2010...

Hungary - Randstad calls for atypical forms of employment

8 February 2012

The Hungarian labour market is facing challenges to increase employment and increasing atypical forms of work could help bridge this gap according to Baja Alexander, managing director of Randstad Hungary as reported by MTI EcoInfo.

Baja Alexander pointed out that, in Hungary, the atypical forms of employment...

Spain – Third of Spaniards looking for love in the workplace

8 February 2012

About 30% of Spaniards are willing to have a relationship at work, according to a study by Randstad reported in The Review of Granada. Compared with the same study last year, however, it seems  there are fewer people willing to have an affair with a co-worker with the figure down -15% from 2010....

Germany – Lufthansa sued by union over use of temporary workers

7 February 2012

The German flight attendants' union UFO is protesting against Lufthansa’s plans to hire temporary staff as part of the firm’s austerity package and has now gone before the labour court in Frankfurt with the aim to reverse this decision.

The spokesman of UFO, Alexander Behrens, confirmed that court...

The Netherlands – Political party demands more should be done to tackle rogue agencies

7 February 2012

The Christian Democratic Alliance Party (CDA) has now joined the national discussion to combat rogue employment agencies in the country and believes that there should be "much tighter" controls than those that are currently in place. The CDA demands that the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment,...

Denmark – Agency workers head off to Norway as high unemployment hits the labour market

7 February 2012

With the unemployment rate in Denmark nearing the 8% mark, many Danish workers, including agency staff, are now making their way to their Norwegian neighbour in the hope of finding jobs there. A report by the Danish TV channel, TV2, highlighted this trend in Danish society which has been severely hit...

France – Partial unemployment procedure under way

7 February 2012

Trade unions and employer organisations in France came to an agreement on the implementation of the new partial unemployment procedure (l'activité partielle de longue durée, APLD) on Monday. This national agreement will now be valid across all industry sectors, and simplifies the existing procedures...

Norway – Employer organisation against proposed temporary agency regulations

7 February 2012

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO), the leading employer’s organisation and business lobby in the country, has spoken out against Government plans to tighten controls for temporary employment agencies to improve working conditions for temporary workers. Although the NHO is a supporter...