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UK - REC refutes claims about negative impact of AWR

9 August 2011

A report in last weekend's Sunday Telegraph claimed that unpublished research from a leading business group shows employers will significantly reduce their use of agency temporary employees due to the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR). This is at odds with data from recruiters and their clients ar...


Spain - The Spanish staffing market, an insider view

9 August 2011

Leticia De La Herran, Managing Director of staffing agency Antal Spain, has laid out her views on the current recruitment market in the country and its future outlook. She writes "it is no secret that Spain is experiencing economic troubles, which are obviously affecting the recruitment mar...


Ireland - Steady start to Q3 for the professional jobs market

9 August 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) recorded a -4% decrease in the level of new professional job opportunities from June 2011 (8,250) to July 2011 (7,900). However, the number of jobs available in July 2011...


UK - IT contractors predict job boom in financial services

9 August 2011

IT contractors are increasingly confident about their job prospects in the financial services sector over the coming year as banks and insurers step up demand for IT skills, according to new research by giant group plc, the contractor services provider.   32.6% of IT contractors think the f...


International - Recruiting practices impact on revenues

9 August 2011

Businesses that fail to align their recruiting practices with their branding strategy risk losing top talent and potential revenue, with social media further amplifying these consequences, according to a new study by the provider of talent and resourcing capability, Alexander Mann Solutions. The...


UK - Shortage of technical skills impacts on pay settlements

8 August 2011

The number of new job vacancies in engineering and manufacturing has surged +50% year-on-year, putting pressure on pay settlements as skills shortages intensify, according to research conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts and Innovantage, the provider of real-time labour market intelligence, on...


Europe – Staffing stocks hit by financial market turbulence

8 August 2011

Shares of the major European staffing companies proved to be no safe haven in the global sell off of shares experienced last week with some companies losing over a fifth in value.During the course of last week the FTSE 100 ended -10% lower capping the most traumatic week for investors in three ye...


UK - Flexible working seen as a genuine business benefit

8 August 2011

The right to request flexible working should be extended to all employees and the government should stick to its implementation timetable of 2015.  Flexible working benefits both employers and employees and the government should resist pressure to create a two-tier labour market through exe...


Germany - One in three would work beyond retirement age

8 August 2011

28% would like to work for an extra two years beyond their age of retirement, according to the latest Work Barometer for Germany published by staffing group Randstad.33% would work for an extra two years if they received a +5% pay increase during the extra time.Petra Timm, Spokesperson of Randsta...


Switzerland - Unemployment falls by -23.3% to 2.8% y-o-y

8 August 2011

The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) fell by -23.3% or by -33,130 individuals to 109,200 in July 2011 compared with July 2010. The unemployment rate fell to 2.8% in July 2011, according to the latest figures published today by the State Secretariat for the E...