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Germany - Too many agency staff can reduce productivity

22 August 2011

Too much agency temporary employment within any one user company reduces productivity, according to new analysis published by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).

The report highlights the positive effects of agency temporary employment on flexibility for employers in terms of coping with...

Germany - Staffing industry opens up to 'equal pay' concept

22 August 2011

Vera Calasan, Managing Director of Manpower Germany, believes that the next collective bargaining agreement between staffing agencies and unions to be signed in 2013 will include a so-called 'equal pay' agreement.

However, Calasan told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that there are administrative...

UK - Digital and social media specialists' pay up significantly

22 August 2011

Senior digital and social media specialists have seen their pay soar by almost 70% over the last three years, according to ReThink Recruitment the business and technology staffing company.
'Head of Search' jobs are now offering average base salaries of approximately 75,000 Pounds per year, up...

Finland - 40% of job vacancies are hard to fill

22 August 2011

The number of job vacancies was up from 48,600 in Q2 2010 to 49,800 in Q2 2011, according to the latest data published by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).

33,300, or 67%, of the job vacancies in the second quarter of 2011 were in the private sector. Private companies also offered more open job vacancies...

UK - HCL announces 56.5 million Pounds loss, investigation results and refinancing

19 August 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, which suspended trading in its shares in January 2011 amid investigations into major financial irregularities, has now finally announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2010, including...

UK - Network Group acquires two more staffing companies

19 August 2011

Network Group (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business outsourcing group, has announced the completion of another two acquisitions, bringing the total number of complementary acquisitions completed by the company during the current financial year to six. 

On 10 August 2011 the group acquired,...

Germany - VW to offer permanent jobs to 2,200 agency staff

19 August 2011

The fight over qualified personnel in the labour market continues. Staffing agencies are already finding it difficult to satisfy demand. However, the latest trend is that final hirers are increasingly offering permanent positions to agency temporary employees, thereby reducing the pool of qualified workers...

Netherlands - Unemployment rises marginally to 5.3% in July

19 August 2011

According to the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 413,000 in July, exceeding the 400,000 mark for the first time in 2011.
Figures released by the Institute for the Implementation of Employee Insurance (UWV) show that the number...

Sweden - Education system fails employers

19 August 2011

Only one in ten employers feel that the Swedish education system prepares students well for the labour market, according to a new report published by research firm Demoskop on behalf of the Teachers Association (Lärarnas Riksförbund) and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv)....

Germany - Olympia 'parts company' with MD

18 August 2011

Staffing agency Olympia Germany, which was acquired by Otto Workforce of the Netherlands last year, has "parted company" with its Managing Director Michiel Schlatmann and National Account Manager Sonja Neumann with immediate effect.

The group explains that the company's growth targets had not...