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UK - Manufacturers' renewed plight highlighted by falling exports and output

10 August 2011

Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a further deterioration in the performance of the UK manufacturing sector, confirming the downbeat news from recent business surveys.Manufacturing output fell by -0.4% in June, leaving production +2.1% up on a year ago, while the tr...


UK - Greater freedom for colleges on subsidised training

10 August 2011

Skills Minister John Hayes has announced greater freedom for colleges to deliver fully subsidised training to help people on benefits enter employment.Under new rules that come into force for the 2011/12 academic year, only benefit claimants on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment and Support Allo...


Germany - Agency staff up +14.7% in May and +6.2% in June y-o-y

9 August 2011

The number of agency temporary employees rose by +2.9% to 844,000 in May 2011 and then climbed by a further +3.1% to 870,000 in June 2011, according to the latest research carried out by the German Economic Institute (IWU) on behalf of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previo...


Netherlands - Staffing agency turnover up +6% y-o-y in July

9 August 2011

In weeks 25 to 28 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +6% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies equally grew by +6%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federation of P...


Ireland - Health service bans junior locum doctors

9 August 2011

Hospitals will be barred from appointing any junior doctor agency workers from next Monday, after senior Health Service Executive (HSE) officials privately conceded plans to cut the short-term staff cost are failing, the Irish Examiner newspaper reports.  Internal correspondence sent to all...


UK - REC refutes claims about negative impact of AWR

9 August 2011

A report in last weekend's Sunday Telegraph claimed that unpublished research from a leading business group shows employers will significantly reduce their use of agency temporary employees due to the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR). This is at odds with data from recruiters and their clients ar...


Spain - The Spanish staffing market, an insider view

9 August 2011

Leticia De La Herran, Managing Director of staffing agency Antal Spain, has laid out her views on the current recruitment market in the country and its future outlook. She writes "it is no secret that Spain is experiencing economic troubles, which are obviously affecting the recruitment mar...


Ireland - Steady start to Q3 for the professional jobs market

9 August 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) recorded a -4% decrease in the level of new professional job opportunities from June 2011 (8,250) to July 2011 (7,900). However, the number of jobs available in July 2011...


UK - IT contractors predict job boom in financial services

9 August 2011

IT contractors are increasingly confident about their job prospects in the financial services sector over the coming year as banks and insurers step up demand for IT skills, according to new research by giant group plc, the contractor services provider.   32.6% of IT contractors think the f...


International - Recruiting practices impact on revenues

9 August 2011

Businesses that fail to align their recruiting practices with their branding strategy risk losing top talent and potential revenue, with social media further amplifying these consequences, according to a new study by the provider of talent and resourcing capability, Alexander Mann Solutions. The...