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UK - A truly flexible workforce goes beyond permanent employees, says REC

10 August 2011

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has responded to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) 'Modern Workplaces' consultation, highlighting the importance of flexible work to the economy and the role that recruiters and the business community must play in building a modern...

UK - New City jobs drop -11% in July as end of year job cuts come early

10 August 2011

Tough trading conditions for the banking sector are behind an 11% fall in the number of new City jobs in July according to Astbury Marsden, the financial services recruitment firm.

+4,800 new City jobs were created in July 2011, down from +5,400 created in June 2011.

Mark Cameron, Chief Operating Officer...

UK - Manufacturers' renewed plight highlighted by falling exports and output

10 August 2011

Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a further deterioration in the performance of the UK manufacturing sector, confirming the downbeat news from recent business surveys.

Manufacturing output fell by -0.4% in June, leaving production +2.1% up on a year ago, while the trade...

UK - Greater freedom for colleges on subsidised training

10 August 2011

Skills Minister John Hayes has announced greater freedom for colleges to deliver fully subsidised training to help people on benefits enter employment.

Under new rules that come into force for the 2011/12 academic year, only benefit claimants on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance...

Germany - Agency staff up +14.7% in May and +6.2% in June y-o-y

9 August 2011

The number of agency temporary employees rose by +2.9% to 844,000 in May 2011 and then climbed by a further +3.1% to 870,000 in June 2011, according to the latest research carried out by the German Economic Institute (IWU) on behalf of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously...

Netherlands - Staffing agency turnover up +6% y-o-y in July

9 August 2011

In weeks 25 to 28 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +6% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies equally grew by +6%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federation of Private...

Ireland - Health service bans junior locum doctors

9 August 2011

Hospitals will be barred from appointing any junior doctor agency workers from next Monday, after senior Health Service Executive (HSE) officials privately conceded plans to cut the short-term staff cost are failing, the Irish Examiner newspaper reports.
Internal correspondence sent to all HSE...

UK - REC refutes claims about negative impact of AWR

9 August 2011

A report in last weekend's Sunday Telegraph claimed that unpublished research from a leading business group shows employers will significantly reduce their use of agency temporary employees due to the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR). This is at odds with data from recruiters and their clients around...

Spain - The Spanish staffing market, an insider view

9 August 2011

Leticia De La Herran, Managing Director of staffing agency Antal Spain, has laid out her views on the current recruitment market in the country and its future outlook. She writes "it is no secret that Spain is experiencing economic troubles, which are obviously affecting the recruitment market....

Ireland - Steady start to Q3 for the professional jobs market

9 August 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) recorded a -4% decrease in the level of new professional job opportunities from June 2011 (8,250) to July 2011 (7,900). However, the number of jobs available in July 2011 continued...