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Ireland — Un-productive meetings are greatest bugbear for workers

6 October 2010

"In the current financial climate" has been named as the most irritating phrase used in meetings according to a survey by recruitment website IrishJobs.ie. 30% of respondents told IrishJobs.ie that the recessionary buzz-phrase is the term they disliked the most, followed by "going forward" (22%)...


Eastern Europe — Summary of 2010 changes to Hungarian labour code

6 October 2010

Significant changes have been made to the Hungarian Labour Code in 2010, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. The outgoing liberal left government changed the rules on subcontracting workers, childcare provisions and penalties for illegal work. The casual employment book...


UK — REC raises major concerns on AWR at Conservative Conference

6 October 2010

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has highlighted the recruitment industry's concerns on the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) at this week's Conservative Party Conference. During the last few days, discussions on jobs and skills included a specific focus on lightenin...


UK — Acromas rumoured to have increased its bid for Nestor Healthcare

6 October 2010

Acromas, the parent company of the Automobile Association and Saga Insurance, is rumoured to have increased its bid for Nestor Healthcare (NSR:LSE), the UK-listed provider of social and primary care services, to 100 Pence per share after its previous offer of 90 Pence per share was turned down by...


UK — Robert Walters' gross profit up with strong contribution from Asia Pacific

6 October 2010

Group gross profit (net fee income) was up by +65% from 25.8 million Pounds in Q3 2009 to 42.5 million Pounds in Q3 2010 at Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE), the staffing and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) group. In constant currency, group gross profit was up by +56% during the period. An in...


Sweden — Foreign berry pickers take industrial action

5 October 2010

Concern is mounting over the poor pay and conditions for foreign workers picking berries in Sweden, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro), reports. The mainly Asian workers come to Sweden believing they can make a decent living, but travel and living costs leave some workers in d...


Germany — Metal industry comes out strongly against equal pay for equal work

5 October 2010

Last week's collective agreement between the Association of Employers in the steel industry (Arbeitgeberverband Stahl) and the Metal Workers Union (IG Metall) has started heavy discussions in German industry and politics. The collective agreement, for the first time, includes equal pay for equal...


UK — City vacancies reach pre-credit crunch levels

5 October 2010

Banking and financial services job vacancies in the City have reached levels not seen since 2007, according to Ambition, the specialist recruitment firm. The findings follow Ambition's forecast in April this year that vacancies would reach pre-credit crunch levels by the end of the second quarte...


Belgium — One in three employers forecast their temporary employment requirements to increase in Q4 2010

5 October 2010

The latest Temporary Employment Barometer for Q4 2010, published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) based on interviews with 644 firms who use temporary employees, reveals that 34.9% of firms expect to be using more temporary employees in Q4 2010 compared to Q4 2009. 21% of comp...


UK — Half of HR Managers are neutral about MBAs

5 October 2010

The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has set out to find how businesses identify and develop the people who will become their future leaders, and what potential future leaders could do to improve their career prospects. The ILM has conducted in-depth interviews with senior HR profess...