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UK — Healthcare Locums shares fall on 2009 results announcement

23 March 2010

Healthcare Locums Plc. (HLO:LSE) the healthcare staffing company has today announced final results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Revenue increased by 5% to 172.1 million Pounds in 2009 compared to 164.5 million Pounds in 2008. Gross margin increased by 23% to 52.9 million Pounds in 2009 c...


UK — 78% of e-retailers intend to take on new staff in 2010

23 March 2010

A new survey carried out by the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) among 160 online retail businesses reveals that more than 600,000 British jobs are either directly created in or support the UK's estimated 150,000 online retail businesses. The e-retailers surveyed employ on average six ti...


UK — NHS survey underlines need for flexible resourcing

22 March 2010

The 7th Annual National Health Service Staff Survey for the Care Quality Commission has underlined major resourcing challenges with 45% of those surveyed believing that there were not enough staff for them to do their jobs properly. Commenting on the findings of the survey Tom Hadley, Director o...


Germany — Serious staff shortages forecast by 2015

22 March 2010

According to management consulting firm McKinsey Germany, there will be a shortage of personnel in the German labour market by 2015, which is expected to rise to 2 million unfilled posts by 2020 due to the demographic changes, which are expected to take place over the next ten years. McKinsey Ge...


France — Companies have started to build up their sales forces

22 March 2010

There is noticeable if modest growth in sales personnel but companies have become extremely demanding in their candidate profile requirements, Le Figaro reports. Eric Bohn of staffing agency Euro Consulting said, "Since November 2009 large and medium-sized companies have started hiring sales sta...


UK — Dean Shoesmith takes over as President of the PPMA

22 March 2010

Dean Shoesmith, executive head of HR at the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton, will take over as President of the Public Sector People Managers' Association (PPMA) today. The PPMA, which represents over 1,000 HR and Organisational Development professionals in the public sector, will officiall...


Germany — Merkel wants to close loop-holes in German labour law

22 March 2010

Federal Chancellor (Prime Minister) Angela Merkel has criticised the practice of employing staff via in-house temporary employment agencies in order to reduce their salaries considerably as "bordering on immoral", Die Zeit reports. The Chancellor said on Saturday that she would not just sit ther...


UK — Reduced customer spending is biggest hurdle for London's SMEs

19 March 2010

New research shows that access to credit and funding does not rank as one of the top problems faced by London’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). According to Business Link in London's Business Confidence Index (BCI), the single biggest hurdle is customers spending less (20%), followed...


UK — ReThink Group plc acquires Trustech Limited

19 March 2010

Manchester-based ReThink Group plc (RTG.GB:PLU), the staffing and technology consulting firm, has announced the acquisition of Trustech Limited, a London-based consultancy for an undisclosed price and the subscription of shares. The company says in a statement: "The Company announces that it has...


France — Salaries rise faster than cost of living despite recession

19 March 2010

The latest statistics for the fourth quarter of 2009 published today by the French government's official job centres (Pole Emploi) reveal that 83.9% of private sector workers in companies of more than ten employees (excluding agriculture) were full-time employees, 16.1% were on part-time arrangem...