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Ireland - Economic climate only marginally affects productivity

19 October 2011

54% of Irish employees stated that their productivity at work has not been impacted by the current economic climate, according to a recent survey by specialist professional recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.

Almost 600 Irish professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging...

World - Agency work industry created 900,000 new jobs for Europe ...

18 October 2011

In Europe 900,000 new jobs were created in the last two years, mainly resulting from countries that have reformed their labour markets. However, the role of private employment services is still undervalued.

Out-dated perception and inappropriate regulation prevent the potential of the private employment...

Denmark - Health service is better off with agency staff, say Chambers

18 October 2011

in 2009, hiring a nurse via a temporary employment agency during weekdays cost the Copenhagen health service 276 Danish Krone (37.07 Euro) whilst a permanent directly employed nurse cost 342 Danish Krone (45.93 Euro) all things considered, according to new analysis carried out by the Danish Chambers...

Germany - Agency staff have generated 15% of all economic growth in 2010

18 October 2011

Agency temporary employees have generated 15% of all economic growth in Germany in 2010 even though they only represent 2% of the workforce, according to The Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously BZA and AMP).
Despite the industry's strong contribution to the German economy,...

UK - Oil and Gas Jobsearch's revenues up more than 50%

18 October 2011

Revenues were up by +55% from 1.8 million Pounds in 2010 to 2.8 million Pounds in 2011 at Oil and Gas Job Search (part of The Jobsearch Group), the specialist job board for the oil and gas industry.

John Roberts, Marketing Director at Oil and Gas Job Search, commented "the progress of the business...

Ireland - Pay freezes to continue in 2012

18 October 2011

69% of companies will either freeze or reduce basic pay rates in 2012, according to the latest pay survey, published by the Irish Business and Employer Confederation (IBEC).

While the survey data suggested more companies were going to hire over the coming months, pay expectations needed to reflect current...

Spain - Temporary employment agencies excluded from jobcentre deal

17 October 2011

The Ministry for Employment has authorised 50, as yet largely unnamed, recruitment agencies to work with the government job centres (SEPE, previously INEM) in order to find jobs for the unemployed following a new law, which came into effect on 31 December 2010, according to Spanish daily Cínco Dias....

UK - Staffing firms prominent in mid-market ranking

17 October 2011

Five staffing firms made The Sunday Times 'Top Track 250', an annual ranking of mid-market private businesses by revenue published yesterday. To appear in the list, firms must be profitable and been able to increase revenue and/or operating profit in their latest reported year.
With pro forma...

World - Ciett calls for regulation against rogue staffing agencies

17 October 2011

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has published a new report on the role of private employment agencies in promoting decent work and improving the functioning of labour markets.

The report will serve as a reference document for the ILO Global Dialogue Forum on private employment agencies that...

Germany - Up your women quotas or we'll legislate, Minister tells industry

17 October 2011

The debate over whether to introduce legal quotas for women in boardrooms or leave the matter to industry self-regulation continues. Out of the 190 board members of the 30 largest quoted German companies (DAX 30), only six are currently women.

In a high level meeting today between management of the DAX...