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Japan – Altech sees profits up by a third

6 November 2015

Altech Corp. (4641.TO), the Japanese technical staffing firm, reported revenue for the nine months ending 30 September 2015 of JPY 16.62 billion (USD 136 million), an increase of 12% compared with JPY 14.77 billion (USD 121 million) during the same period last year. The company’s operating profit was...

Malaysia – Concern over Bangladeshi workers

6 November 2015

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has questioned the government on the need to bring in 1.5 more million Bangladeshi workers, saying that the exercise went against its policy to have only 15% of foreigners in the labour force by 2020 according to Today Online.

MTUC secretary-general, N Gopal...

Global – Adecco announces surprise operating loss for Q3 2015 and lowers forecast

5 November 2015

 Adecco (ADEN:VTX) the worlds largest staffing firm saw revenues in Q3 2015 of €5.7 billion up 9%, or 4% in constant currency and also organically. Gross profits were €1.0 billion up 6% on a constant currency bassis, but the company also showed an operating loss of €425 million following a...

Sweden - Markets stable and challenging for Prooffice

5 November 2015

Proffice AB (PROE B:STO), the Swedish provider of staffing, recruitment and outplacement services saw revenue of SEK 964 million (€101.7 million) for the third quarter ending 30 September 2015. This was down 9% compared to the same period last year but up by 3%, adjusted for currency effects and the...

UK – Do your parents understand what you do?

5 November 2015

The workplace has changed a lot in one generation, and new research released by LinkedIn reveals one in three parents don’t have a clue what their children do for a living.

The top misunderstood jobs list has been revealed by LinkedIn to mark their third annual Bring in Your Parents Day (#BIYP), taking...

UK – Arrests at Staffing Firm

5 November 2015

Five people arrested  on Tuesday as part of a joint operation involving Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Police, The Pensions Regulator and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate have now been released on bail according to a press release on the Nottinghamshire Police website.

 They were...

Ireland – University study prompts government consultation on zero hour contracts

4 November 2015

Ged Nash, the Minister for Business and Employment, has published a new study on the Prevalence of Zero Hours Contracts among Irish Employers by the University of Limerick (UL).  

The key findings include the fact that zero-hour contracts are not extensively used in Ireland. There is, however, evidence...

Europe - If you need IT talent, don’t go to Malta

4 November 2015

Malta hit the bottom rungs for digital entrepreneurship in an index that ranked 35 European cities on support for start-ups and scale-ups.

 Malta languished at the bottom as a result of its last-place ranking on business environment, entrepreneurial culture, mentoring and managerial assistance, and...

Sweden - Arla HR director wins HR award

4 November 2015

Paulina Ekvall, HR Director, of Arla, the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia which has 19,000 employees across 30 countries scooped the Human Growth Award from a group of finalists that incluced Charlotte Wernros (K-Rauta), Mattias Segelmark (3) and Sofia Birk (Solna).

Roland Gustavsson,...

Wales - Apprentice agency proving a success

4 November 2015

An apprenticeship employment agency continues to prove that on-the-job experience combined with formal training is the way to go for young people who want to secure jobs at specialised industries according to an article in the Liverpool Echo.

Cwmni Prentis Menai, an apprenticeship employment agency set...