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UK - Organisational problems at Royal Mail's in-house staffing agency

13 December 2011

Unemployed people who thought they had secured employment as temporary postal workers in the run-up to Christmas have been turned away from sorting offices due to administrative failures by the Post Office's (Royal Mail) new in-house staffing agency Angard, which is partly managed by Reed, the Guardian...

OECD Countries - Mental health issues rising in the workplace

13 December 2011

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).

Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health at Work says that one in five...

World - Some behave better at office Christmas parties than others

13 December 2011

A poll conducted by Monster, the international job boards operator, shows why it's important not to get too carried away with the mistletoe at the office party as almost one in ten admit to having done something either extremely regrettable and been fired because of it (4%), or have acted in a way that...

Sweden - Uniflex Norway MD leaves after overstating revenues

12 December 2011

Uniflex AB (UFLXB:STO), the Sweden-based staffing group with offices across Scandinavia, announces today that its Norwegian Managing Director has deliberately manipulated results in order to overstate revenues generated in Norway during the first half of 2011 by 5 million Swedish Kronor (553,000 Euro)....

UK - Hays loses RBS contract after e-mail blunder

12 December 2011

Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the second largest staffing agency in the UK, has lost one of its biggest contracts after it blundered by revealing the pay details of 3,000 staff at its client Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in an e-mail to 800 RBS employees in August this year, specialist publication ThisisMoney reports....

UK - Firms hire temporary staff to support business growth in 2012

12 December 2011

Nearly two thirds (63%) of Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) plan to add temporary and/or interim staff to their finance teams in 2012, according to new research from staffing group Robert Half UK.

Despite changing working practices such as the Agency Workers' Regulation (AWR), UK businesses consider specialist...

Europe - 80% happy with their jobs but 20% hate what they are doing

12 December 2011

68% of Europeans are happy with their jobs and believe that this makes them work better. An extra 12% are also happy with their jobs but do not believe that this has an impact on the quality of their work. 20% hate their jobs, according to new research carried out by job portal StepStone.

The French are...

Germany - Munich is the best city, Berlin is one of the worst

12 December 2011

Munich is by far the best city to live and work in Germany, according to the latest economic ranking of the largest cities in the country carried out by the Institute for the German Economy (IW). Munich has the highest levels of wealth, the lowest unemployment (5.6%) and the best infrastructure in the...

Switzerland - Employment growth slows but skills gap still looming

12 December 2011

Employment was up by +0.7% or up by +30,000 individuals to 4 million in Q3 2011 when compared with Q3 2010, according to the latest statistics, published today, by the Federal Statistics Office (OFS).

Employment in the secondary sector was up by +1% or up by +10,000 jobs whilst employment in the tertiary...

UK - EU set to add to pension costs

12 December 2011

Proposed European Union (EU) pension regulations would add significantly to business costs at a time when pension deficits are already holding back company performance, a new poll of business reveals today.
The latest Pensions Survey published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and...