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Scotland – APSCo: Whatever the vote – the future is bright for the recruitment market

16 September 2014

While there is undoubtedly uncertainty around the upcoming independence vote, recruitment firms have every reason to feel optimistic, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, commented: “There is no doubt that there are likely to...


UK – Agency worker awarded compensation for Agency Worker Regulations breach

16 September 2014

An employment tribunal has awarded a temporary worker more than £10,000 in compensation after ruling that she was not paid the same wages as an equivalent permanent employee after 12 weeks, reports personneltoday.com.The Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) provide that temporary workers supplied thro...


Europe – Job vacancy rates rise in Q2

16 September 2014

The job vacancy rate in the Eurozone was 1.7% during the second quarter of 2014, unchanged compared with the previous quarter but an increase compared with 1.5% during Q2 2013, according to Eurostat, the statistical body of the European Union.The job vacancy rate across the 28 Member States was 1...


UK – Networkers International’s profits hamstrung by challenging conditions

15 September 2014

International recruitment company Networkers International (NWKI: AIM) reported revenue of £81.1 million for the six months ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +2.1% compared with £79.4 million a year ago.Gross profit for the period fell by -6.1% to £13.8 million, down from £14.7 million last yea...


UK – Bond International Software reports strong operating profit growth

15 September 2014

Bond International Software (BDI: LSE), a provider of software to the recruitment industry, reported revenue of £18.4 million for the six months ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +8% compared with £17 million last year.Gross profit for the period rose by +5% to £15.9 million, up from £15.1 mill...


UK – Matchtech renews one contract and secures another

15 September 2014

Engineering and professional services recruitment firm Matchtech (MTEC: LSE) announced that it has renewed its Master Vendor agreement to provide contract staff to engineering and environmental consultancy firm, Ricardo, for a further three years.Matchtech has also been awarded the Neutral Vendor...


Scotland – Temporary and permanent job candidates in increasingly short supply

15 September 2014

Scotland’s labour market continued going from strength-to-strength in August, with the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs indicating further marked gains in placements during the month, as well as strong pay growth amid rising demand for staff.The latest data, however, also showed the most ma...


Serbia – Eurociett and UNI Europa support discussion on temporary agency work

15 September 2014

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) and trade union UNI Europa, last week organised a roundtable event to promote social dialogue in the temporary agency work sector in Serbia.Financially supported by the European Commission, the meeting brought together Serbian...


UK – Strong international profit growth boosts SThree

12 September 2014

International recruitment firm SThree (STHR: LSE) reported gross profit of £55.1 million during the third quarter ending 31 August 2014, an increase of +18% in constant currency compared with £49.8 million last year.Gross profit derived from contract recruitment rose by +28% in constant currency...


Europe – Commission urges EU countries to implement new ILO Protocol on forced labour

12 September 2014

The European Commission proposed to the EU Council of Ministers that Member States should be authorised to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) new Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, reports ec.europa.eu.The Protocol, together with a complementary Recommendation, was adopted...