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Ireland - Professionals are more motivated than last year

14 September 2011

84% of Irish employees are motivated at work in the current economic climate, according to a recent survey by leading specialist professional recruitment consultancy, Robert Walters. Almost 600 Irish professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging from work/life balance...

UK - InterQuest sees -1.7 million loss after exceptional costs

13 September 2011

Revenues were up by +10% from 55.3 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 61.1 million Pounds in H1 2011 at IT staffing specialist, InterQuest Group Plc (ITQ:LSE).

The private sector focussed businesses saw increased demand for both permanent and contract recruitment services, with the areas of financial services...

UK - HCL’s refinancing narrowly approved, resumes trading

13 September 2011

Shares in Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, have resumed trading today after shareholders narrowly voted to approve a 61 million Pounds capital raising at a tense extraordinary meeting yesterday.

Shares were suspended in January after a discovery...

World - German hiring optimism does not extend to the rest of Europe

13 September 2011

Labour market trends in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region follow the same mixed results seen throughout 2011, with positive hiring activity expected in 18 of 23 countries surveyed. Outlooks soften from three months ago in 13 countries but improve in 11 compared to one year ago, according...

UK – Allen & Overy claim AWR threatens 500,000 temporary jobs

13 September 2011

Up to 500,000 temporary employment contracts could be threatened by the new agency worker rules (AWR) coming into force next month. 33% of medium to large UK businesses may be planning to avoid increased costs by terminating agency worker contracts before the 12-week qualifying period for equal pay and...

Belgium - Best-poised to attract non-EU 'brains'

13 September 2011

Compared to other European Union (EU) countries, Belgium scores highest when it comes to speeding up legal processes to attract highly-skilled workers, according to new research by professional services firm Deloitte.

In recent months, EU governments have agreed a series of measures to strengthen the...

Germany - Six web clicks guide through non-EU immigration jungle

13 September 2011

The German agency for labour (BA) has reacted to criticism from employers that qualified labourers from non-European Union (EU) face a bureaucratic marathon if they try to understand if, how and under what conditions they can immigrate into Germany and work in the country.

BA yesterday launched a new...

UK - International growth compensates for subdued UK at Networkers

12 September 2011

Revenues were up by +20.7% from 72 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 86.9 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Networkers International Plc (NWKI:LSE), the IT and telecoms staffing specialist.

In terms of net fee income (gross profit), the group has achieved growth of +12.7% to 13.6 million Pounds (2010: 12.1 million...

Europe - Growing doubts over labour market recovery

12 September 2011

Divergence continues to prevail between the labour markets of the different member states of the European Union (EU). Despite a recent slowdown in unemployment, the number of Europeans looking for work is rising again, albeit moderately, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet published...

UK - Cutting -400,000 jobs would not harm public sector delivery, says report

12 September 2011

The government is right to reduce the number of jobs in the public sector and should remain steadfast despite increasing pressure from the trade unions and some in the Labour party, the influential think-tank Reform has argued in a report.  

The report entitled 'Reformers and Wreckers' presents...