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UK — Slowdown in recruitment growth continued in September

6 October 2010

The latest monthly Report on Jobs published today by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and professional services group KPMG reveals permanent staff placements and temporary/contract staff billings both rose at weaker rates in September. The latest increase in permanent appointmen...


UK — Signs of improvement in the interim management sector

6 October 2010

The latest Annual Interim Management Survey, published today by the Institute of Interim Management, reveals that 2010 was not the improvement on 2009 that most Interim Managers had hoped for. Signs of improvement are starting to filter through, reported by Service Providers, but many Interim Man...


Ireland — Un-productive meetings are greatest bugbear for workers

6 October 2010

"In the current financial climate" has been named as the most irritating phrase used in meetings according to a survey by recruitment website IrishJobs.ie. 30% of respondents told IrishJobs.ie that the recessionary buzz-phrase is the term they disliked the most, followed by "going forward" (22%)...


Eastern Europe — Summary of 2010 changes to Hungarian labour code

6 October 2010

Significant changes have been made to the Hungarian Labour Code in 2010, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. The outgoing liberal left government changed the rules on subcontracting workers, childcare provisions and penalties for illegal work. The casual employment book...


UK — REC raises major concerns on AWR at Conservative Conference

6 October 2010

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has highlighted the recruitment industry's concerns on the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) at this week's Conservative Party Conference. During the last few days, discussions on jobs and skills included a specific focus on lightenin...


UK — Acromas rumoured to have increased its bid for Nestor Healthcare

6 October 2010

Acromas, the parent company of the Automobile Association and Saga Insurance, is rumoured to have increased its bid for Nestor Healthcare (NSR:LSE), the UK-listed provider of social and primary care services, to 100 Pence per share after its previous offer of 90 Pence per share was turned down by...


UK — Robert Walters' gross profit up with strong contribution from Asia Pacific

6 October 2010

Group gross profit (net fee income) was up by +65% from 25.8 million Pounds in Q3 2009 to 42.5 million Pounds in Q3 2010 at Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE), the staffing and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) group. In constant currency, group gross profit was up by +56% during the period. An in...


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...