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France – Marked decrease in demand for skilled blue-collar construction workers

7 January 2015

Temporary employment across France decreased by -2.7% in November 2014, compared with the same month in 2013, according to the latest figures from Prism’Emploi, the French Association of Employment Agencies.This marks a slight improvement against a year-on-year decline of -2.9% in October 2014. H...


UK – Private Equity firm backs buyout of Nurse Plus

7 January 2015

Nurse Plus, a provider of staffing solutions and home care services to the UK healthcare industry, has received a significant investment from UK private equity firm Sovereign Capital, as part of a management buyout. Nurse Plus was founded in 2005 and has grown to become one of the UK’s large...


Netherlands – Randstad commences share repurchase programme

7 January 2015

Randstad Holding announced today that it would commence a share repurchase programme to cover the dilution from the issue of shares under the performance share plans for senior management.The programme involves around 525,000 shares, which is 0.3% of the total ordinary shares. The programme start...


Netherlands – Brainnet acquires rival MSP

6 January 2015

Dutch managed service provider (MSP) and staffing firm Brainnet today announced the acquisition of Dutch MSP and technical staffing company Infraflex.Arno Lugthart, Director of Brainnet, commented: “Since our founding in 1996, Brainnet has had a clear vision of the flexible labour market; in our...


UK – Staffline’s full year earnings in line with market expectations

6 January 2015

Nottingham-based recruitment firm Staffline (STAF: LSE), in its trading update for the year ending 31 December 2014, announced that earnings for the full year will be in line with market expectations.The company’s board announced that all divisions traded well during the year, with key contract w...


Netherlands – Sustained growth in the staffing industry

6 January 2015

Statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed growth across the temporary staffing market during the first 12 four-week periods of 2014. Each year ABU breaks the year into 13 four-week periods and provides sales and revenue information across three sectors.The...


UK – Progility acquires training specialist

6 January 2015

Project management services firm Progility (PGY: AIM), which owns staffing firms Sue Hill Recruitment and TFPL, yesterday announced the completion of its acquisition of training company Woodspeen Training Ltd.The consideration for the acquisition and certain working capital requirements will be f...


Germany – Slight uptick in hiring outlook for the New Year

5 January 2015

German companies are planning to recruit more staff in the New Year, according to the December Employment Barometer from the Institute for Economic Research (Ifo).The index rose to 106.7 points in December 2014, up from 105.4 points in November 2014. Despite the increase, the index remains below...


UK – City hiring up by a fifth in 2014

5 January 2015

Hiring in London’s financial district (“the City”) jumped by a fifth last year, as the continuing UK recovery and increased business confidence opened up 33,063 new jobs, according to recruitment firm Astbury Marsden, reports cityam.com. Roughly one square mile of area, the City comprising m...


UK – Don’t come here, warns first Romanian worker

5 January 2015

When the restrictions on the free movement of workers from Romania and Bulgaria across several EU countries, including the UK, were lifted on 1 January 2014, many feared a deluge of prospective jobseekers would pour across UK borders.News crews staked out at airports, waiting to film and intervie...