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World – Asia-Pacific tempers Robert Walters’ strong Q1 growth

7 April 2014

International recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) reported net fee income of £48.1 million for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014, an increase of +11% in constant currency compared with £46.6million last year.Robert Walters, the company’s eponymous Chief Executive, commented: "The...


Italy – Labour market reforms will take time

7 April 2014

With Italy losing jobs at the rate of about 1,000 a day over the past year, radically reforming its inefficient labour market has been a constant mantra for Matteo Renzi, and a burning issue for investors, reports ft.com.Therefore, it has come as a surprise, even to his supporters, that ...


UK – Spike in engineering vacancies puts sector on red alert

7 April 2014

Investment in infrastructure continues to drive growth across the engineering recruitment sector.  The latest data from APSCo revealed that permanent and contract vacancies surged in the last year by +33% and +22% respectively. On a month-on-month basis, they have also risen, albeit at a slo...


UK – Joint operation makes major inroads into overseas crime

7 April 2014

The Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority (GLA) has assisted in a major operation to combat foreign nationals using the UK’s roads with the intention of travelling to commit crime. As a result of Operation Trivium 2, which took place in the week commencing 28 March 2014, there were 2,689 vehicles stop...


UK – ReThink Group announced board changes

7 April 2014

Talent management and recruitment services firm Rethink Group (AIM: RTG) confirmed today that, following his appointment as Interim Non-Executive Chairman in July 2013, John O'Sullivan has become permanent Chairman of the Group. Mr O’Sullivan, one of the company’s founders, has been a Non-Executi...


Germany – Merkel’s cabinet agrees minimum wage despite criticisms

4 April 2014

The German government has become the latest EU Member State to institute a legal minimum wage covering all sectors following the introduction of a €8.50 national wage floor on 2 April 2014, reports EurActiv Germany.German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles, commented: "The minimum wage is the mos...


UK – Fircroft announces BP contract win

4 April 2014

UK-based natural resourced and engineering recruitment firm Fircroft announced that it has been awarded a three year contract with oil & gas giant BP in Azerbaijan. Under the agreement, Fircroft will deliver a managed on-boarding, contractor care, and payroll service to an estimated 250 of BP...


UK – Engineering firm opens recruitment office in Abu Dhabi to source engineers

4 April 2014

British turbo-generator maker, Brush, has opened a recruitment office in Abu Dhabi for the express purpose of sourcing engineers from the Indian sub-continent to compensate for what it claims is a shortage of skilled professionals in Europe, reports sourceable.net.Blair Illingworth, Chief Executi...


Germany – Temporary worker accuses recruitment firm of exploitation

4 April 2014

In order to finance his education, Youssef Essafi applied to a local staffing agency in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia for work. After a few days he was sent to bakery in the town of Witten to meet the manager and learn how the bakery operated. However, after working for eight hours Mr Essafi was...


Netherlands – Randstad focuses on profitable growth and smaller clients

3 April 2014

As Randstad (RAND: NA) continues to navigate the ongoing recovery within the staffing industry, under the leadership of new CEO Jacques van den Broek, the second largest recruitment firm in the world is focusing on attracting small customers, while still offering a comprehensive package of labour...