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UK - Hays secures Master Vendor agreement with Transport for London

2 December 2014

Hays has secured one of the largest Master Vendor contracts in the UK with Transport for London.The new 3 year agreement covers the provision of Professional, Administrative, IT and Technology staff on a temporary and permanent basis. Hays secured the contract following a competitive tender exerc...


Germany – Reutax and Quest partnering as Questax

2 December 2014

The name Reutax is history: the Heidelberg recruiter announced a strategic alliance with Quest, the Frankfurt-based provider of software services. The companies will operate under the Questax brand. However, both companies will remain independent, according to the news site Morgenweb.de.Since Que...


UK – RTC acquires RIG Energy

2 December 2014

Derby-headquartered services company RTC Group has acquired a Buckinghamshire recruitment agency for £875,000.RTC Group plc, (“RTC Group”) the business services organisation focusing on white and blue collar recruitment, is pleased to announce the acquisition of RIG Energy Limited (“RIG Energy”),...


Scotland - Engineering sector hampered by Russia boycott

2 December 2014

Scotland’s engineering sector got back on track in the final quarter of 2014 but firms are losing export orders because of sanctions on Russia, according to the latest survey by Scottish Engineering, published last week, according to the Scotsman.The industry body said there had been a marked pic...


Austria – Labour Minister calls for tax break to curb unemployment

2 December 2014

Austria's labour minister said on Monday that the government should quickly cut taxes to spur the economy after the unemployment rate jumped in November, wading into a standoff within the ruling coalition over tax reform.Labour Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer's Social Democrats want to introduce a ta...


Netherlands – Temporary staffing growing at fastest pace in four years

1 December 2014

The total amount of hours worked in temporary jobs increased by 2.5% in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the second quarter. This is the most substantial increase in four years, according to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics.The amount of hours worked in long-term flexible employment c...


UK - Skills shortages holding back economic recovery

1 December 2014

The UK's chronic skills shortage is hampering productivity and holding back the economic recovery, business leaders believe.Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), whose members are "on the front line of the UK labour market" as he puts it, pa...


Central and Eastern Europe – Salaries hikes to be expected in 2015

1 December 2014

Hiring and keeping qualified staff is an increasing problem for companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which is likely to lead to further salary hikes in 2015, reveals the latest KPMG survey Economic Pulse 2014.In a poll of 456 business leaders from eight countries – the Czech Republic, E...


UK – Finance professionals needed to deal with new regulations

1 December 2014

The vast majority of finance firms say the wall of regulation hitting the sector is driving up costs and inhibiting growth, a study from Robert Half shows today.A total of 91% of firms said red tape is slowing their growth, with 38% citing capital adequacy requirements as a factor particularly sa...


Switzerland – Referendum rejects immigration curbs

1 December 2014

Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population, according to the BBC.The country's 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74% of people voting no in Sunday's referendum. Supporters of the measure argued that it would h...