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UK – Sports Direct revealed as largest employer to use zero hours contracts

12 August 2014

According to a report in the Independent newspaper, Sports Direct has been revealed as the biggest employer to use the soon-to-be illegal “zero hour” contracts. The contracts potentially stop 20,000 part-time staff at the sportswear retailer getting a second job, leaving 90% of workers at Sports...


UK - Part-time jobs up 44% in the past year as key industries return to growth

12 August 2014

The number of part-time jobs available in the UK has seen a dramatic rise in the past year.  Figures released by reed.co.uk report +44% more part-time job vacancies in July 2014 than at the same point last year. The top three growth sectors for part-time jobs advertised are: Manufacturi...


Sweden – Proffice and Nets Holding sign framework agreement

12 August 2014

Swedish staffing firm Proffice AB (PROEB: SS) and Nets Holding A/S have signed a framework agreement for recruitment services. The framework agreement applies to recruitment services for all types of positions within Nets’ Nordic operation.Henrik Höjsgaard, CEO and Group President of Proffice com...


Scotland – Jobs plan for an independent Scotland

12 August 2014

A Jobs Plan for an Independent Scotland, published today sets out a long-term, ten-point jobs plan.The debate on Scottish independence is increasingly focusing on economic affairs with the independence camp outlining how with control of economic and tax policy and cooperation between unions, gove...


UK – London Employment Monitor shows city recruitment levels rising

12 August 2014

The July 2014 London Employment Monitor shows that City recruitment continues to intensify. The number of available roles was up +10% in July to 9,315, from 8,490 recorded the previous month. Yearly figures also indicate impressive growth, with job opportunities up +32% compared to the same month...


Switzerland - Adecco acquires OnForce to expand its Beeline service offering

11 August 2014

Adecco today announced the acquisition of OnForce, Inc.,  a freelancer management system (FMS) that provides cloud-based solutions for companies to manage their use of freelancers/independent contractors. According to Adecco, these solutions complement the vendor management system (VMS) prov...


Northern Ireland - Probe raps PSNI over "cosy" Grafton Recruitment contracts

11 August 2014

An 18-month probe into the awarding of Police Service of Northern Ireland (‘PSNI’) contracts worth over £100 million to Grafton Recruitment has warned of "cosy" deals and a procurement policy that was vulnerable to "corrupt practices" according to The Sunday Independent.For ov...


UK – Optionis supports use of government consultants

11 August 2014

Following on from a BBC Newsnight report into Whitehall spending on external consultants last week, Derek Kelly, managing director of Optionis, the contractor and freelancer services group, claims that consultants make a key contribution to government departments and offer taxpayers value for mon...


UK - Graduate job prospects 'best since crisis began'

11 August 2014

Hiring intentions among UK businesses rose strongly in July to surpass their pre-crisis figure and reach their highest level since 1998, according to the latest Business Trends report by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP.The BDO Employment Index, which predicts companies' hiring intention...


UK - Salary rises are muted

11 August 2014

Despite reports from various business surveys hailing a rise in starting salaries, figures from the CIPD's Labour Market Outlook reveal that only 2% of employers report a significant increase in starting salaries. This is because some business surveys are not picking up the large number of employ...