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Europe — EU Council extension of parental leave to impact temporary workers

9 March 2010

The Council of the European Union (EU) has adopted a new directive extending workers' rights to parental leave from three to four months for each parent. At least one of the four months cannot be transferred to the other parent (i.e. it is lost if not taken), encouraging fathers to take the leave...


Europe — EU Council extension of parental leave to impact temporary workers

9 March 2010

  The Council of the European Union (EU) has adopted a new directive extending workers' rights to parental leave from three to four months for each parent. At least one of the four months cannot be transferred to the other parent (i.e. it is lost if not taken), encouraging fathers to take the le...


UK — Retailers urged not to discount temporary recruitment

9 March 2010

  The decision by supermarket chain Asda to pay agency workers the same as permanent staff in preparation for the European Agency Workers' Directive (AWD), due to take effect next year may have put some retailers off using temporary employees altogether. De Poel, the temporary agency staff proc...


Netherlands — USG People announces Offering of up to 7,019,994 new ordinary shares

9 March 2010

USG People N.V. yesterday announced the launch of a placement of up to 7,019,994 new ordinary shares with a nominal value of 0.50 Euro each. The Shares will be offered to institutional and other qualified investors through an accelerated book-build offering, on a non-pre-emptive base. The Offe...


Netherlands — USG People announces Offering of up to 7,019,994 new ordinary shares

9 March 2010

  USG People N.V. yesterday announced the launch of a placement of up to 7,019,994 new ordinary shares with a nominal value of 0.50 Euro each. The Shares will be offered to institutional and other qualified investors through an accelerated book-build offering, on a non-pre-emptive base. The...


Europe — Equal or stronger hiring expected in Q2 2010

9 March 2010

According to the global Manpower Employment Outlook Survey results released today by staffing group Manpower Inc, employers in most major labour markets expect to hire in the second quarter at a pace equal to, or stronger than, the same period last year. However, many have yet to reach a pre-dow...


Europe — Equal or stronger hiring expected in Q2 2010

9 March 2010

  According to the global Manpower Employment Outlook Survey results released today by staffing group Manpower Inc, employers in most major labour markets expect to hire in the second quarter at a pace equal to, or stronger than, the same period last year. However, many have yet to reach a pre-...


Switzerland — Unemployment falls to 4.4% in February 2010

8 March 2010

According to the latest data published today by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), there were 173,000 unemployed individuals registered with the local job centres (RAV) at the end of February 2010, which equates to an unemployment rate of 4.4%. The unemployment rate was down from...


Ireland — Bank forces closure on staffing agency

8 March 2010

  Sales Placement Ltd, one of Ireland's oldest staffing companies founded in 1973, is to be wound up after 38 years in business, the Irish Times reports. The staffing firm, which specialises in the recruitment of sales and marketing professionals, was bought by its current Managing Director Liz...


UK — Minister wants more women in the board room

8 March 2010

  The Equality Minister Harriet Harman wants businesses to be ordered to disclose what they are doing to improve gender equality in senior management, the Daily Telegraph reports. Her move, which is backed by Prime Minister Brown comes on top of the controversial 'Equality Bill', which allows e...