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Europe - Staffing agencies write off -4.5% due to bad debt

21 November 2011

European businesses write off a record total 312 billion Euro or 2.7% of all transactions. However, this burden is not spread evenly across the different industry sectors. Professional services, such as staffing agencies, accountants and law firms write off three times the percentage (-4.5%) of sales...

UK - AWR coming into effect in Northern Ireland

21 November 2011

The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), based on a Directive by the European Union (EU), are coming into effect in Northern Ireland on 5 December 2011, two months later than in the rest of the United Kingdom, The Belfast Telegraph reports.

This legislation is designed to provide agency workers with equal...

Germany - Dutch style entry level to new minimum wage considered

21 November 2011

Now that the larger Conservative coalition partner (CDU/CSU) has agreed to introduce a nationally binding minimum wage in all industries, which do not currently have a collective bargaining-based minimum wage, work has begun on the details.

Apart from the fact that the smaller Free Democrat coalition...

UK - Matchtech's NFI up +21% y-o-y

18 November 2011

At the Annual General Meeting of Matchtech Group Plc (MTEC:LSE), the specialist technical recruitment company, Chairman George Materna will deliver the following trading update at noon today:

"Since we reported our Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 July 2011 on 6 October 2011 the group has...

UK - Capita expects reasonable revenue growth and stable margins for 2011

18 November 2011

Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services is today issuing its interim management statement covering the 10 months to 31 October 2011 and progress to date:

"Capita is having a successful year in respect of new major contracts...

Austria - Happiness rises with level of education

18 November 2011

There is a direct correlation between a worker's level of education and his/her level of life satisfaction, according to a new report published jointly by market research firms SORA and IFES.

The research carried out among 4,000 workers across Austria reveals that people with a basic education only (Pflichtschule)...

UK - Managers welcome move to give employers control of skills funding

18 November 2011

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has welcomed yesterday's announcement by the government of a fund to give employers more control over skills funding. Employers will be able to bid for public funding to back schemes that will leverage private investment, support apprenticeships and show a commitment...

UK - ReThink double their number of trainees

18 November 2011

ReThink Recruitment, the business and technology staffing company, has announced that they are doubling the number of trainees they will recruit next year.
ReThink's academy programme, which is part of their broader growth plans, lasts six months and is fully paid. Candidates get a chance to...

Finland - Barona Group acquires Saranen Consulting

17 November 2011

Barona Group, the privately owned staffing and outsourcing group with offices in Russia, Sweden and Estonia, has announced the acquisition of Saranen Consulting Oy, the advanced recruiting service concepts and HR management services provider for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was completed on...

Germany - Record employment levels but 75% think their jobs are not safe

17 November 2011

In the third quarter of 2011, the number of persons in employment amounted to 41.2 million, which was an increase of +495,000 people or +1.2% on a year earlier, according to provisional results, published today, by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

This figure reflected the highest level of...