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UK – Broadbean acquired by CareerBuilder

2 April 2014

London-based job distribution and candidate sourcing tool provider, Broadbean, has been acquired by Chicago-based job board, CareerBuilder, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is intended to bring recruiters and HR managers a faster, more convenient, and more cost-effective way to acquire tal...


Netherlands – Hans Kamps – Our industry has a tremendous resilience

2 April 2014

Hans Kamps has been President of the Dutch Federation of Staffing Agencies (ABU) for nearly 15 years. On the 19 May 2014 he will step down and the former director of ABU, Aart van der Gaag, will take over his role.In an interview with ABU, Mr Kamps looks back over his career and talks about the D...


Switzerland – Foreign worker vote proves to be bad timing for watch makers

2 April 2014

Switzerland’s recent vote to curtail the immigration of workers from the European Union (EU) could seriously affect the Alpine country’s booming watch trade, industry insiders warned this week, reports bdlive.co.za.Nearly half of employees in the sector are foreign nationals who reside in Switzer...


UK – Company fined after agency worker’s arm crushed

2 April 2014

A Hull-based engineering firm, J H Fenner & Co, was fined £7,500 after an agency worker suffered crush injuries when his right hand and arm were dragged into a machine at the firm’s factory, reports hulldailymail.co.uk.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company, which trades...


UK – Number of Romanian jobseekers doubles

2 April 2014

The number of Romanians applying for jobs in the UK has almost doubled since temporary European Union labour restrictions were lifted at the beginning of the year, according to Tjobs, reports romania-insider.com.Since 1 January 2014, the Romanian job portal, which hosts more than 200 recruitment...


Italy – GI Group CEO applauds government’s temporary recruitment extension decree

1 April 2014

Since being sworn in last month, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has clashed with trade unions over employment reform. Tensions ran especially high when the government passed a reform package last week aimed at turning around record-high unemployment rates. The plan included a decree extendin...


Germany – Temporary workers’ wages rising quickly

1 April 2014

According to a recent article in German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, temporary workers, particularly low skilled or unskilled workers, received the biggest increases in wages during 2013, as a direct result of the growing use of temporary workers.  Quoting the German Federal Stati...


UK – Acquisition buoys Penna Consulting’s full year results

1 April 2014

Penna Consulting Plc (PNA: AIM), the international human resources consulting group, released the following trading update in respect of its financial year to 31 March 2014. The company stated: “We are pleased to confirm that the integration of the Savile Group businesses into Penna has been...


Europe – Unemployment continues to hold steady

1 April 2014

The unemployment rate across the Eurozone in February 2014 was 11.9%, stable since October 2013, but down compared with 12% in February 2013. Across the European Union unemployment fell to 10.6% in February 2014, down from 10.7% in January 2014 and down from 10.9% in February 2013, according to t...


UK - Competition for jobs falls to two-year low

31 March 2014

Competition for jobs has reached a two-year low after falling over a third in the space of a year, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk. In February 2014, there were 1.55 job seekers competing for each advertised vacancy, -35% lower than in February 2013 (2.39). Simultan...