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Ireland – Upward trend for jobs

24 February 2011

The latest Jobs Index published by recruitment website IrishJobs.ie has revealed a steady upward trend at the close of 2010 as the number of jobs advertised online increased by +3% in the fourth quarter compared with Q3.The Jobs Index, which measures jobs advertised online, revealed that figures...


UK – Sickness absence lowest in recession

24 February 2011

Instances of sickness absence in the UK fell during the recent recession. In the first quarter of 2009, 2.1% of employees had a spell of sickness absence, down from 2.5% before the start of the recession, new analysis by the Office of National Statistics reveals.However, in the final quarter of 2...


Greece – General strike turns nasty

24 February 2011

What started off as a peaceful rally of 30,000 demonstrators against the government's austerity measures quickly turned into riots as mobs started throwing fire bombs at the police, The Press and Journal reports.The 24-hour general strike halted trains, ferries and most public transport across th...


Netherlands – DIT Bouw en Techniek acquires Larex

23 February 2011

Staffing agency DIT Bouw en Techniek has announced the acquisition of Larex Personeelsbemiddeling, the provider of technical personnel from a variety of European countries, which operates branches in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.Larex's current owner, Patrick König, will join the new group...


World – Hudson Highland sacks Chairman

23 February 2011

The Board of Directors of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (HHGP:NMQ), the US-based international provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services, has announced that it has removed British-born Jon Chait as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of the company, with imme...


UK – Bleasdale resigns from HCL board

23 February 2011

Staffing firm Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL) has announced today that Kate Bleasdale has resigned from the board of directors of the company with immediate effect. This does not affect her status as an employee of the company.HCL also announces that Healthmark UK LLP has formally withdrawn its notic...


Germany – Temporary employees still worse off than permanents

23 February 2011

A new report by the Bertelsmann Foundation published last night concludes that despite the new nationally-binding minimum wage for temporary employees, their status in the German labour market is still that of a second class worker who is paid less than his permanent counterpart at worse working...


Italy – Agency staff work in 'different' sectors from contract workers

23 February 2011

According to the latest analysis published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp), the distribution by business sector of agency temporary employees differs from the distribution by business sector of contract workers who h...


Portugal – Agency employment to grow further in 2011

23 February 2011

Portuguese daily Sol has contacted the largest temporary employment agencies of Portugal in order to understand the agencies' outlook on 2011.The country's largest staffing agency, Randstad Portugal, forecasts +5% growth in 2011 to revenues of 360 million Euro. Randstad Director, Luis Gonzaga Rib...


Eastern Europe – Polish agency workers in great demand

23 February 2011

The Polish HR Forum (formerly the Federation of Staffing Agencies) has analysed market data for 14 of its 18 member staffing agencies. Revenues generated by these 14 agencies was up by +47% from 76 million Euro in Q3 2009 to 112 million Euro in Q3 2010.Quarter-on-quarter, the revenue generated by...