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UK - Minister announces measures to simplify apprentice employment

6 September 2011

Skills Minister John Hayes has today announced a package of new measures to make it easier for employers to take on large numbers of apprentices.Responding to the recommendations of a review led by the Employer Reference Group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and large companies, Mr...


UK - 40% of business services firms confident about year ahead

6 September 2011

With the unstable UK economy continuing to place many companies under significant financial pressure, 81% in the UK business services sector, which includes recruitment, financial services and property firms, admit they are faring no better than they were this time last year, according to latest...


Europe - GDP up +1.7% y-o-y in Q2 2011

6 September 2011

Seasonally adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +1.6% in the Euro area (EA17) and by +1.7% in the entire European Union (EU27) in Q2 2010 when compared with Q2 2011, after +2.4% in both zones in the previous quarter, according to second estimates, published today, by the Statistica...


World - Ethics can be compromised by lure of wages

6 September 2011

A poll conducted by job board Monster shows that ethics still count for something when it comes to finding a job. About 53% of all those polled said they would never compromise their principles by working for a company they didn't believe to be ethical. However, the remaining half said they woul...


UK - Staffline confident about 2011 prospects

5 September 2011

Revenues were up by +45% from 83.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 120.9 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services provider to industry.Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that  gross profit was up by +53% fr...


UK - Hydrogen's pre-tax profit soars +64%

5 September 2011

Revenues were up by +45% from 55.2 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 80.0 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Hydrogen Group Plc (HYDG:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment business for the IT, Finance, Engineering, Legal and HR sectors.Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal tha...


Netherlands - Hefty fines for unregistered staffing agencies

5 September 2011

Henk Kamp, Minister for Social Affairs and Employment, has presented a Bill to parliament, which will make it compulsory for staffing agencies to register their businesses with the government from 1 January 2012 onwards, specialist legal publication Juridisch Dagblad reports.Agencies, which do no...


UK - APSCo RPO & MSP sector poised to agree on Code of Conduct

5 September 2011

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) is in advanced talks with recruitment process outsourcers (RPOs) to create a comprehensive new charter for RPOs & MSPs.   The new charter follows 18 months of discussions between APSCo, RPOs, recruiters and members of ABFA (Asse...


UK - Job demand steady in August but salaries slip down

5 September 2011

Employer demand for new UK workers stayed steady in August, bucking the normal summer slump, to give an overall Reed Job Index reading of 122. Although demand in some sectors fell, it rose in others to maintain the same month on month level.   This is a +20% rise in year-on-year employer de...


Spain - Agett calls labour legislation a disgrace as unemployment rises again

5 September 2011

Unemployment was up by +4.06% or up by +161,266 individuals to 4,130,927 in August 2011 when compared with August 2010, according to the latest data published by the Ministry of Employment (Ministerio de Trabajo).Month-on-month, unemployment was up by +1.21% or up by +51,185 individuals in August...