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Sweden — Foreign berry pickers take industrial action

5 October 2010

Concern is mounting over the poor pay and conditions for foreign workers picking berries in Sweden, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro), reports. The mainly Asian workers come to Sweden believing they can make a decent living, but travel and living costs leave some workers in d...


Germany — Metal industry comes out strongly against equal pay for equal work

5 October 2010

Last week's collective agreement between the Association of Employers in the steel industry (Arbeitgeberverband Stahl) and the Metal Workers Union (IG Metall) has started heavy discussions in German industry and politics. The collective agreement, for the first time, includes equal pay for equal...


UK — City vacancies reach pre-credit crunch levels

5 October 2010

Banking and financial services job vacancies in the City have reached levels not seen since 2007, according to Ambition, the specialist recruitment firm. The findings follow Ambition's forecast in April this year that vacancies would reach pre-credit crunch levels by the end of the second quarte...


Belgium — One in three employers forecast their temporary employment requirements to increase in Q4 2010

5 October 2010

The latest Temporary Employment Barometer for Q4 2010, published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) based on interviews with 644 firms who use temporary employees, reveals that 34.9% of firms expect to be using more temporary employees in Q4 2010 compared to Q4 2009. 21% of comp...


UK — Half of HR Managers are neutral about MBAs

5 October 2010

The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has set out to find how businesses identify and develop the people who will become their future leaders, and what potential future leaders could do to improve their career prospects. The ILM has conducted in-depth interviews with senior HR profess...


UK — Recruiters told to prepare for 'Brave New World' at APSCo Conference

5 October 2010

Recruiters must be prepared to offer more value for less if they are to compete in the brave new post-credit crunch world, delegates of the APSCo Sales conference 2010 have heard. The conference was attended by over 200 recruitment executives and took place on 30th September, at the Tower Bridge...


Netherlands — Industrial sector and engineering drive growth in temporary employment

5 October 2010

According to the latest data published today by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), the number of hours worked by temporary employees in The Netherlands was up by +8% in August 2010 (weeks 33 to 36) when compared to the same period last year. Turnover generated by temporary em...


UK — REC supports new call for temporary cover during industrial action

5 October 2010

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has now reacted to yesterday's call on the government by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to allow agency workers to be used to cover for striking workers. The law currently prohibits this although it allows employers to hire temporar...


Europe — Renewed focus on Flexicurity is welcome, says Eurociett

5 October 2010

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) welcomes the renewed focus on Flexicurity by the European Union (EU) Belgian Presidency provided by its conference 'Flexicurity to the Benefit of Workers' which is taking place today. However, neglecting to invite social partne...


Spain — New job profiles require more highly qualified staff

5 October 2010

Staffing agency Hays Spain informs that 70% of its new job availabilities in the Sales and Marketing division are now in the Sales area. Only 30% of available jobs are in marketing. Companies are very eager to strengthen their sales departments in an economic environment, which is strongly influ...