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Netherlands — Industrial sector and engineering drive growth in temporary employment

5 October 2010

According to the latest data published today by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), the number of hours worked by temporary employees in The Netherlands was up by +8% in August 2010 (weeks 33 to 36) when compared to the same period last year. Turnover generated by temporary em...


UK — REC supports new call for temporary cover during industrial action

5 October 2010

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has now reacted to yesterday's call on the government by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to allow agency workers to be used to cover for striking workers. The law currently prohibits this although it allows employers to hire temporar...


Europe — Renewed focus on Flexicurity is welcome, says Eurociett

5 October 2010

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) welcomes the renewed focus on Flexicurity by the European Union (EU) Belgian Presidency provided by its conference 'Flexicurity to the Benefit of Workers' which is taking place today. However, neglecting to invite social partne...


Spain — New job profiles require more highly qualified staff

5 October 2010

Staffing agency Hays Spain informs that 70% of its new job availabilities in the Sales and Marketing division are now in the Sales area. Only 30% of available jobs are in marketing. Companies are very eager to strengthen their sales departments in an economic environment, which is strongly influ...


Spain — 25% of the workforce are temporary employees

4 October 2010

Unemployment in Spain has risen by +1.2% or by +48,102 individuals in September compared to the previous month, the Public Employment Service (SEPE, previously Inem) reports today. There are now 4,017,763 unemployed people in Spain. Year-on-year, unemployment was up by +8.3% or up by +308,316 in...


Germany — Temporary staffing associations decide to merge

4 October 2010

The Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) and the Association of Medium-sized Temporary Employment Agencies (AMP) have announced on Saturday in Berlin that they intend to merge in order to form one large employer association, which would represent 70% of Germany's 850,000 temporary e...


Eastern Europe — Firsts signs of recovery for recruitment in Romania

4 October 2010

Romania is seeing the first signs of recovery for recruitment in the manufacturing area, which is vital for building exports to close the country's trade deficit, specialist publication The Diplomat Bucharest reports. Camelia Stanculescu, General Manager of staffing firm Manpower Romania, told T...


UK — Temporary employees should be able to cover for striking workers, says CBI

4 October 2010

The Confederation of British Industries (CBI) is today calling for changes in the law to raise the threshold for industrial action, and to ensure that if strikes occur disruption is minimised. In a new report, 'Keeping the wheels turning: modernising the legal framework of industrial relations',...


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...