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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...


Germany — Randstad becomes official partner of BMW Motorsport

19 March 2010

Staffing agency Randstad has teamed up with BMW Motorsport by sponsoring the long-distance motor races on the Nurnburgring in Germany, Le Mans in France and Spa in Belgium. Randstad's logo will appear on the car roofs and drivers' clothing and helmets. BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen sai...


UK — EHRC investigates anti-British job advertisement

19 March 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an investigation into a 38,000 Pounds job advertisement, which was posted by staffing agency McGregor-Boyall Associates on behalf of technology company Torry Harris on the jobsite.co.uk internet job board, The Daily Mail reports. The a...


Europe — Freedom of movement causes problems for staffing agencies

18 March 2010

The free movement of workers and respect for their employment rights are the focus of a European Union (EU) conference, which is taking place in Spain today. The aim of this event is to discuss the balance between the freedom of movement of workers, the freedom of establishment and provision of...