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Germany - Skilled immigration policies are too little, too late

14 October 2011

Despite the gloomier forecast for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2012 by the four leading economic research institutes yesterday, the labour market is still booming and crying out for skilled workers from other countries to fill the current skills gap.

However, the efforts by the German authorities...

Netherlands - Planned tax changes could drive expatriate workers abroad

14 October 2011

Frans Weekers, Junior Tax Minister, intends to change the so-called '30% tax ruling' for expatriates. Under the ruling, expatriates workers do not have to pay tax on the first 30% of their salaries.

The Minister now intends to put an income limit of around 70,000 Euro on the ruling, otherwise expatriates...

UK - Highams Systems' AGM passes Nakama acquisition

14 October 2011

Following the announcement on 27 September 2011 by Highams Systems Services Group Plc (HSS:LSE), the recruitment consultancy and niche provider of technology, business and professional services to the insurance and financial services sectors, of its proposed acquisition of Nakama Group Limited, the technology...

OECD Countries - Tax reform can create jobs, says OECD

14 October 2011

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. The number of long-term unemployed is increasing, with young people and low-skilled workers particularly hard hit.

At their recent meeting, G20 Labour and Employment Ministers emphasised...

UK - Employers lack confidence in education system, says BCC

14 October 2011

A report released today "Skills for Business: More to Learn?" by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows that the majority of businesses find it hard to recruit the right staff. The BCC's research looked at the issues around skills, apprenticeships and training to understand the challenges...

UK - One in three work longer hours

14 October 2011

Today’s employees are facing an increasingly challenging working environment, according to the annual Aviva Health of the Workplace report, which canvasses the views of employers and their staff on issues relating to workplace wellbeing.

Two in five (41%) employees say they have too much work to do,...

Switzerland - Agency temporary employment up +16.1% y-o-y so far

13 October 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +5.5% in September 2011 when compared with September 2010, according to the latest Swisstemptrend published by the Swiss Union for Employment Services (Swissstaffing).

To date, agency temporary employment has grown by +16.1% in 2011 when compared with the same period...

Germany - Severe skills shortages hold back agency employment

13 October 2011

Growth in agency temporary employment has slowed from +3% month-on-month in July 2011 to +1.5% m-o-m in August 2011. In total, there were 909,000 agency temporary employees in August 2011.

The Association of Temporary Staffing Agencies (BAP, previously BZA and AMP) had predicted that agency temporary...

UK - Brightwork's 2011 results forecast to soar due to booming whisky industry

13 October 2011

Management expects revenues to be up by +26% from 18.3 million Pounds in 2010 to in excess of 23 million Pounds in the full year to 31 December 2011 at Brightwork Group Ltd, the Scotland-based staffing firm, which specialises in the drinks industry.

According to information obtained by the Herald Scotland...

UK/Norway - Lumesse to acquire Edvantage Group

13 October 2011

Lumesse, the provider of talent management solutions, (previously StepStone Solutions), has announced that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Edvantage Group, the Norway-based e-learning company with offices across Scandinavia, the UK and Benelux.

Founded in 1999, Edvantage Group is a so-called...