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UK – Staff appointments rose at slower rates in March

6 April 2011

The rate of expansion of permanent staff placements eased in March 2011 following February's ten-month high. Agencies' temporary/contract staff billings also increased at a slower pace than the previous month's peak according to the latest 'Report on Jobs' published today by the Recruitment and Employment...

UK – CIPD welcomes abolition of DRA

6 April 2011

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) welcomes the commencement, from today, of the six-month process of consigning the Default Retirement Age (DRA), the law which allows employers to retire employees at age 65 without having to explain why, to the dustbin of history.

However, the...

Sweden – Business sentiment continues upwards

6 April 2011

The largest companies across 18 industries assess the business sentiment as good or satisfactory, and forecast that it will improve further until the autumn, according to the latest flash indicator for business sentiment published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).

Only a few of Sweden's largest companies assess...

Spain – Majority reject quotas for women

6 April 2011

According to new research carried out by Cesma Business School 59% of professionals oppose quotas for women in senior management whilst 41% believe that quotas are necessary in order to reach management structures, which properly reflect society. 76% of Spanish professionals believe that the main selection...

UK – Bond slips to post-tax loss

5 April 2011

Revenues declined slightly to 32,372,000 Pounds compared with 32,537,000 Pounds in 2009 at Bond International Software Plc (BDI:LSE), the provider of software, hardware and related support services to the recruitment and Human Resources industries.

The group's gross margin fell from 91.9% in 2009 to 87.5%...

Germany – Minister wants to cut subsidies for companies which employ too many agency staff

5 April 2011

The Business Minister of the Federal State of Thuringia (Thüringen), Mathias Machnig (Social Democrat) has announced his intention to reduce investments subsidies or cut them altogether for companies which hire "too many agency temporary employees".

Under the proposals, employers with agency...

Italy – Agency temporary employment up +26.1% y-o-y

5 April 2011

The seasonally adjusted sum of wages paid to agency temporary employees was up by +26.1% in February 2011 compared to February 2010, according to the latest data published yesterday by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).


Belgium – Staffing industry revenues up +14.7% to 3.8 billion Euro

5 April 2011

Revenues generated by staffing agencies were up by +14.7% to 3.8 billion Euro in 2010 when compared with 2009 according to the 2010 Annual Temporary Employment Report published yesterday by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).

The number of agency temporary employees was up by +6.7% from...

UK – Government to look at indemnity clauses in guidance on AWR

5 April 2011

The government has vowed to look at the issue of indemnity clauses, which shift liability for claims brought under the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) from end users to recruiters, in the guidance notes on the AWR, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

The Department...

UK – Spending cuts increase likelihood of industrial action

5 April 2011

71% of employers agree that there will be increasing levels of industrial action in the next 12 months and 33% predict strike action by their staff is likely, according to a survey of nearly 400 employers by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The Employment Relations...