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Switzerland - Adecco announces changes in its Executive Committee

20 June 2011

Adecco Group, the world's largest Human Resources services group, today announces changes in its Executive Committee. Alain Dehaze has been appointed as the new Regional Head of France, Switzerland & India. He replaces François Davy who will pursue his career outside the Adecco Group.Martin A...


Portugal - Rogue staffing agency leaves thousands without jobs and pay

20 June 2011

3,000 temporary employees have lost their jobs and their last wages due to the illegal closing down of staffing agency Newtime Recursos Humanos in the face of a tax audit.The agency simply shut down shop due to insolvency after the Portuguese tax authorities raided 17 temporary employment agencie...


Germany - Customs office to police staffing agencies

20 June 2011

The Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) decided on Friday that the new minimum wage for agency temporary employees, which came into effect on 1 May 2011, will in future be policed by the German customs authorities (Zollverwaltung), specialist publication Legal Tribune reports.Customs will emplo...


Germany - Further strikes threatened against agency employment

20 June 2011

After the recent strike by 10,000 employees of aircraft manufacturer Airbus against ‘excessive’ levels of agency temporary employment in the company, the IG Metall union has now threatened Airbus management with further industrial action, Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reports.Airbus Germany empl...


Europe - Labour cost up +2.7%

20 June 2011

Hourly labour costs in the Euro area (EA17) rose by +2.6% in the year up to the first quarter of 2011, compared with +1.5% for the previous quarter. In the entire European Union (EU27), the annual rise was +2.7% up to the first quarter of 2011, compared with +1.8% for the previous quarter, accord...


Sweden - Record increase in employment forecast but skills gap persists

20 June 2011

The average annual unemployment rate is expected to fall from 8.4% of the workforce in 2010 to 7.5% in 2011 and then further to 6.7% in 2012, according to the latest forecast by the government’s official Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).The Employment service expects an extra +107,000 jobs...


UK - Need to train and manage older workers when DRA is phased out

20 June 2011

As the Pensions Bill makes its way through The Commons, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) releases a new survey demonstrating that older workers are often neglected when it comes to training and performance management. It highlights the need for employers to ensure they...


Belgium - Alleged discriminatory Adecco recruitment list published

17 June 2011

Following the announcement yesterday that Adecco Belgium will appeal against the fine imposed by the Court of First Instance of Brussels for racist practices in employment, the Labour Party of Belgium (PTB) has now published what it claims to be the original list of job offers used by Adecco Brus...


Germany - Poaching wave for agency staff is rife

17 June 2011

Temporary employment agencies increasingly have to turn down requests for temporary employees due to an acute shortage of qualified workers in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reports.Volker Enkerts, President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously B...


Belgium - Employment in construction up +4.3% y-o-y but industry down

17 June 2011

The gross index of the number of employees in industry, excluding construction, was up by +0.3% to 92.8 (2005: 100) in Q1 2011 when compared with Q4 2010. Compared with Q1 2010 the index was down by -0.7%, according to the General Directorate for Statistics (Statbel).The gross index of the number...