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Greece – General strike turns nasty

24 February 2011

What started off as a peaceful rally of 30,000 demonstrators against the government's austerity measures quickly turned into riots as mobs started throwing fire bombs at the police, The Press and Journal reports.The 24-hour general strike halted trains, ferries and most public transport across th...


Netherlands – DIT Bouw en Techniek acquires Larex

23 February 2011

Staffing agency DIT Bouw en Techniek has announced the acquisition of Larex Personeelsbemiddeling, the provider of technical personnel from a variety of European countries, which operates branches in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.Larex's current owner, Patrick König, will join the new group...


World – Hudson Highland sacks Chairman

23 February 2011

The Board of Directors of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (HHGP:NMQ), the US-based international provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services, has announced that it has removed British-born Jon Chait as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of the company, with imme...


UK – Bleasdale resigns from HCL board

23 February 2011

Staffing firm Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL) has announced today that Kate Bleasdale has resigned from the board of directors of the company with immediate effect. This does not affect her status as an employee of the company.HCL also announces that Healthmark UK LLP has formally withdrawn its notic...


Germany – Temporary employees still worse off than permanents

23 February 2011

A new report by the Bertelsmann Foundation published last night concludes that despite the new nationally-binding minimum wage for temporary employees, their status in the German labour market is still that of a second class worker who is paid less than his permanent counterpart at worse working...


Italy – Agency staff work in 'different' sectors from contract workers

23 February 2011

According to the latest analysis published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp), the distribution by business sector of agency temporary employees differs from the distribution by business sector of contract workers who h...


Portugal – Agency employment to grow further in 2011

23 February 2011

Portuguese daily Sol has contacted the largest temporary employment agencies of Portugal in order to understand the agencies' outlook on 2011.The country's largest staffing agency, Randstad Portugal, forecasts +5% growth in 2011 to revenues of 360 million Euro. Randstad Director, Luis Gonzaga Rib...


Eastern Europe – Polish agency workers in great demand

23 February 2011

The Polish HR Forum (formerly the Federation of Staffing Agencies) has analysed market data for 14 of its 18 member staffing agencies. Revenues generated by these 14 agencies was up by +47% from 76 million Euro in Q3 2009 to 112 million Euro in Q3 2010.Quarter-on-quarter, the revenue generated by...


Sweden – Job coaching scheme a fiasco

23 February 2011

Sweden's National Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) claims that 40% of participants in its Job Coaching Scheme for the unemployed secure a job after receiving help.However, an internal evaluation by the agency of the scheme reveals that the figure includes hourly paid temporary staff who are...


UK – Savile outplacement business drags down results

22 February 2011

Revenues were down from 4.16 million Pounds during the six months ended 31 December 2009 to 4.03 million Pounds during the six months ended 31 December 2010 at Savile Group Plc (SAVG.LSE), the AIM quoted Human Resources consulting group, specialising in outplacement, career transition and talent...