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Belgium – New temporary employment regulations coming into force this July

1 February 2012

After it was yesterday reported that The National Labour Council (NLC), which represents unions and employers’ organisations in Belgium, has finally agreed with the Belgian Parliament to review regulations for temporary employment, it can now be verified that the Government will introduce some of these...

Czech Republic – Parliament and employers accused of “violating” labour codes

1 February 2012

Employers in the Czech Republic have been accused of exploiting their employees by hiring them as contract or “self-employed” workers in order to avoid paying taxes and other social contributions. This practice has been dubbed the “Švarc system” after the Czech building contractor Miroslav Švarc...

Spain – Strikes expected over new labour reforms

1 February 2012

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expects forthcoming labour reforms in Spain to incite strikes among workers, the El Economista reported. This comes after a “salary moderation scheme”, agreed between the Working Commissions (CC.OO.) and the Workers General Union (UGT), will see a reduction...

UK – Shortage of skilled IT professionals strain the labour market

1 February 2012

In many European countries the shortage of skilled labourers is increasing and in Britain IT professionals are the ones most in demand, but least available in the labour market. This is according to the latest Robert Half Professional Hiring Index2 which found that 84% of Chief Information Officers are...

UK – British companies attract migrant workers as unemployment reaches record-high

1 February 2012

It has recently been reported that British firms have advertised thousands of jobs in Romania, this comes after national unemployment reached a 17-year high of 2.69 million. UK companies have posted approximately 2,400 vacancies on the Romanian recruitment website tjobs.ro, mainly aimed at skilled workers...

The Netherlands – One in ten job seekers willing to go abroad

1 February 2012

A survey by Jobbird has found that one in ten Dutch job seekers are happy to go abroad in order to find a new job, with Belgium, Germany and the US being amongst the top destinations. It is mainly the highly educated that are willing to pack their suitcases to go abroad although there does not seem to...

Sweden – Troubled Uniflex report sales up but profits down for 2011

31 January 2012

Net sales were up by +35% at 1.5 billion Swedish Krona (€175.8 million*) for 2011 from 1.1 billion Swedish Krona (€130.3 million*) in 2010 at Uniflex AB (UFLXB: STO), the Sweden-based staffing group.

However, operating profit was down -3.9% at 66 million Swedish Krona (€7.58 million*) in 2011 compared...

Belgium – Review of temporary law will lead to changes from July 2012

31 January 2012

The National Labour Council (NLC) which represents social partners (unions and employers’ organisations) in Belgium has finally agreed with the Belgian Parliament to review regulations for temporary employment. We understand the Government plans to introduce some of these laws by 1 July 2012.

Some of...

Austria – Temporary employment at record high, but expected to decrease again

31 January 2012

The Austrian chamber of commerce (WKÖ) expects temporary employment to decrease in the second half of the year, although the country has reported a record high of almost 75,000 temporary employees last year and demand is still strong in the first quarter 2012.

Gerhard Flenreiss of the WKÖ said, "At...

Germany – Jost AG sees improvement in fourth quarter

31 January 2012

Staffing firm Jost AG, which operates in both Germany and Austria, has increased revenues in its fourth quarter to €577,000 compared with €141,000 in its third quarter of 2011. However, total revenues for the financial year decreased to €1.21 million, compared with €1.66 million in the previous...