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UK — Debenhams to create 9,000 temporary jobs during Christmas period

29 September 2010

Department store retailer Debenhams will make 9,000 temporary jobs available this Christmas, specialist publication Retail Gazette reports. Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Debenhams, and the business has reported profit before tax increases during the last two festive periods, whic...


World — Offshore outsourcing increasingly popular

28 September 2010

A global Chief Information Officer (CIO) study reveals that 90% of CIOs will be maintaining or increasing offshore outsourcing projects in 2010 and 2011. According to the UK-based IT staffing and managed services firm Harvey Nash, outsourcing has been greatly used during the recession and CIOs ar...


UK — BBC pulls Ashcroft Panorama programme again

28 September 2010

At the 11th hour, the BBC decided not to broadcast its well-publicised edition of Panorama looking into the financial affairs of Lord Ashcroft and, in particular the transfer of his shares in Impellam into a trust fund for the benefit of his children. Yesterday, the BBC claimed that, had it been...


Germany — 43% of metal employers hire temporary employees

28 September 2010

New research carried out on behalf of the Metal Workers Union (IG Metall) among 5,100 works councils across Germany reveals that employers in the metal industry are increasingly employing temporary employees and contract workers in order to cope with the current economic boom in the country. The...


World — Lack of workforce strategy will deprive companies of competitive edge, Manpower warns

28 September 2010

Staffing group Manpower Inc. has warned that unless companies act now to create a long-term workforce strategy that aligns with their business strategy, they will struggle to find the talent they need to drive future business growth. Jeff Joerres, Manpower Inc. Chairman and CEO, said "in the cur...


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...