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UK — Acromas eyes up Allied Healthcare

4 October 2010

Acromas, the parent company of the Automobile Association and Saga Insurance, is rumoured to be eyeing up Allied Healthcare, the Nasdaq-quoted staffing firm, which has a network of 110 branches in the UK, the Daily Telegraph reports. Acromas is owned by venture capitalists CVC Capital Partners,...


UK — Conservative MPs back BCC freeze on new employment law

4 October 2010

With the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham underway, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is today urging the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to listen to the priorities of Conservative back-benchers ahead of this month's Comprehensive Spending Review. Back-benchers surveyed by the...


Netherlands — 62% of employers 'google' their job candidates before they even invite them for an interview

1 October 2010

New research carried out by staffing agency Creyf's (part of USG People) reveals that 62% of employers check out their job candidates on internet search engine Google before inviting them for an interview. 42% of employers interviewed said that Google is now a normal part of the recruitment proc...


Europe — Unemployment stable in July 2010

1 October 2010

The latest unemployment figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that the Euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.1% in August 2010, unchanged compared with July 2010. It was 9.7% in August 2009. The unemployment rate of the ent...


UK — Coalition presses ahead with more employment legislation

1 October 2010

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has raised concerns about the amount of employment red tape due to be implemented between 2010 and 2014, arguing that UK businesses need the freedom and flexibility to create as many jobs as possible during the economic recovery. The warning comes as a raft...


Germany — Equal pay for equal work through the backdoor

1 October 2010

A new collective bargaining agreement (Tarifvertrag) between the association of employers in the steel industry (Arbeitgeberverband Stahl) and the metal workers union (IG Metall) was signed yesterday, German daily Die Zeit reports. Employers have agreed to pay steel workers a +3.6% increase in p...


Ireland — We must stop the brain drain, say students

1 October 2010

A new survey to be published later on today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says that 150,000 graduates are set to emigrate in the next five years due to the dramatic increase in graduate unemployment, the Irish Times reports. USI president, Gary Redmond, said "we are fast reaching a p...


France — Temporary employment up by +23.1% y-o-y in Q2 2010

1 October 2010

The latest data published last night by DARES of behalf of the French government reveals that the number of temporary employees was up by +5.3% or up by +27,600 individuals to 550,000 in Q2 2010 compared to the previous quarter. Since the pick-up in the industry in the second quarter of 2009 the...


World — Labour market recession worsens social outlook, says ILO

1 October 2010

A new report by the research arm of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) says a long "labour market recession" is worsening the social outlook in many countries. The new study entitled 'World of Work Report 2010, from one crisis to the next?' acknowledges that three years into the crisis,...


Europe — MEPs back a single work and resident permit for foreigners in the EU

1 October 2010

A simplified administrative procedure and equal treatment with national workers on pay, working conditions and social security: this is the aim of a draft directive that received the backing of the European Parliament (EP) Civil Liberties Committee this week. The broad aim is to stop the exploita...