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Netherlands — Increasing abuse of highly-skilled migrant scheme

28 September 2010

Inspections of 218 companies employing staff under the 'highly-skilled migrant scheme' carried out in 2009 on behalf of the Social Affairs Ministry have revealed that 25% of the companies inspected were breaking the law, Dutch News reports. The migrant scheme allows companies to employ non-Europ...


Eastern Europe — Little change in Polish staffing levels in the next six months

28 September 2010

According to a poll conducted by staffing agency Randstad and TNS OBOP in August, 64% of Polish entrepreneurs are not planning to change staffing levels in their firms within the next six months. This share is 1% higher than it was in May. 23% of employers intend to take on new staff, with 10% p...


World — One third of workers believe that their workplace is unhealthy

27 September 2010

Despite the vast majority (91%) of workers believing that it is their employer's responsibility to create a healthy working environment, nearly a third (32%) of employees feels their workplace actually hinders their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to new independent research commis...


UK — Healthcare Locums suffers from uncertainty on NHS spending

27 September 2010

Revenues were down from 85.6 million Pounds in H1 2009 (restated) to 76.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the specialist health and social care staffing firm. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 reveal that operating profit fell from 9.5 million Po...


France — Rise in unemployment in August seen as seasonal trend

27 September 2010

The latest data published by the official government job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that the number of category A (unemployed) job seekers registered with the job centres in August 2010 rose by +0.6% or by +15,900 individuals to 2,692,500 compared to the previous month. Compared to August 2009...


UK — Private equity firm rumoured to be courting Pulse and possibly others, too

27 September 2010

The US private equity group Blackstone is in talks to acquire Pulse, the staffing agency for doctors, nurses and social workers, the Financial Times reports. Pulse was bought more than a decade ago by private equity group HgCapital for 67 million Pounds. After running an abortive auction of Puls...


UK — Impellam share transfer comes under spotlight in BBC investigation of Lord Ashcroft

27 September 2010

In a Panorama programme to be broadcast tonight regarding the businessman Lord Ashcroft, the BBC focuses on the transfer of his 17 million Pounds stake in staffing firm, Impellam Group, on 5 April 2010 to a trust for the benefit of his children. The transfer occurred one day before a new law forc...


Eastern Europe — Cap on immigration in Russia

27 September 2010

According to the Public Health Ministry, the number of work permits for foreign workers will be reduced from 1.94 million in 2010 to 1.74 million in 2011 in a bid to keep Russians in Employment, the Moscow News reports. However, expatriates earning more than 2 million Roubles a year (48,000 Euro...


Ireland — Innovation, productivity, competitiveness and a strong enterprise mix, considered key to recovery

27 September 2010

According to a new report from Forfas, Ireland's policy advisory board for enterprise and science, Ireland has the potential to deliver economic growth and jobs that are sustainable into the future, right across the entire economy. The report, acknowledging that even though the current economic...


Germany — Consumer confidence reaches three-year high

24 September 2010

The latest National Confidence report for Autumn 2010 (Die Stimmungslage der Nation im Herbst 2010) published jointly by insurance giant Allianz and Hohenheim University, shows that 38% of the 2,918 persons interviewed in July, August and September 2010 were either confident or very confident in...