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UK — Scottish labour market remains tough

19 July 2010

According to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, a strong rise in the number of candidates seeking long and short-term employment in Scotland led to a mild deterioration in overall labour market conditions in June. Nevertheless, employment and demand for staff continued to rise during the...


Italy — Only 4% of Italians would work abroad

19 July 2010

According to the latest Eurobarometer on Geographical Mobility published by the European Commission, Italians are the least likely of all Europeans to look for work abroad. Only 4% of Italians consider working abroad compared to 51% of Danes, 38% of Estonians and 37% of Swedes. A spokesman for s...


UK — SThree lower headcount inhibits profitability

19 July 2010

SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the international specialist staffing firm, has today announced interim results for the six months ended 30 May 2010. Revenues were down by -21% from 280.6 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 221.7 million Pounds to H1 2010. Gross profit fell by -20.3% from 93.3 million Pounds...


UK — Report claims private sector is highly unlikely to be able to absorb job declines in public sector

19 July 2010

New research by the New Economics Foundation (nef) has found that between 2002 and 2009 only one in four of all new enterprises created in England was based in the most deprived areas, despite decades of government programmes encouraging enterprise in regions with high unemployment. In the North...


Netherlands — Christian temporary staffing agency must pay voluntary workers

16 July 2010

The Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment has decided via its Labour Inspectorate department (Arbeidsinspectie) that staffing agency DWN Services, which is owned by the Christian Community of The Netherlands (CGN), must pay its voluntary workers standard wages, Dutch daily Dagblad van het No...


Portugal — Volkswagen in-house temporary employment agency grows to over 1,000 temporary staff

16 July 2010

The Volkswagen-owned in-house temporary staffing agency, AutoVision, has grown from 300 employees in July last year to 1,000 employees in July this year, Portuguese daily Rostos reports. AutoVision Portugal provides Human Resources management and temporary staffing services to both Volkswagen gr...


Europe — Temporary workers disproportionately affected by the crisis

16 July 2010

The European Central Bank notes in its latest monthly bulletin that "the reduction in Euro area employment has been sizeable, following the deep fall in activity on the back of the international economic crisis." "However, it has been somewhat less severe than might have been expected, at least...


UK — Over eight million still waiting for pre-recession pay to be reinstated

16 July 2010

77% or 8,680,000 employees who took a pay cut during the recession in order to avoid redundancy, have still not had their pay re-instated, according to a report released by recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark. This is despite the UK now being officially out of recession. Employees have rema...


Europe — 1 billion man hours lost to fictitious sick leave each year

16 July 2010

Across Europe, more than 120 million sick days a year are actually taken for personal reasons rather than for an illness according to Aon Consulting, the employee risk and benefits management firm. 15% of the 7,500 European workers surveyed in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Neth...


UK — Healthcare Locums to acquire Orion, LML and Redwood Health

16 July 2010

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the specialist health and social care staffing firm, has announced that it has entered into conditional agreements to acquire the entire issued share capital of Orion, the business and assets of LML and, subject to shareholder approval, the business and assets of...