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UK – Price fixing fine for construction agencies hugely reduced

4 April 2011

Staffing firm Hays Plc notes that the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has announced its judgement in respect of Hays' appeal against the level of the fine imposed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in September 2009.

The CAT has reduced the fine from 30.36 million Pounds to 5.88 million Pounds, deeming...

International – ManpowerGroup acquires 74% of WDC

4 April 2011

Staffing firm ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), has announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of a 74% stake in Kolkata-based Web Development Company Limited (WDC), the IT services and professional resourcing company.

Offering consulting, development and application support services to large...

UK – AWR draft guidance published

4 April 2011

Since the government announced that it will not be amending the Agency Workers Regulations, officials from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have been developing draft guidance in partnership with key stakeholders, representing the interests of staffing agencies, hirers and agency...

UK – Job Index slips back slightly but up +25% y-o-y

4 April 2011

Job opportunities across the country slipped back last month, down -3 Index points (-2%) in March 2011 compared to February 2011 according to the latest Job Index published by recruitment website, reed.co.uk.

However, year-on-year employer demand is up +25%, to give a Job Index reading of 128. ...

World – Manufacturing growth robust in March 2011

4 April 2011

The Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), published by JPMorgan and research firm Markit rose at a robust clip in March 2011. Although the rate of growth eased to a four-month low, it was still above the long-run survey average and consistent with global industrial production expanding...

Germany – Quotas for women unacceptable to major companies

4 April 2011

Managers of the 30 major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (DAX 30) have made it clear that whilst they are in favour of increasing the number of women in their board rooms, they utterly reject the government's plans to introduce quotas for women, Die Welt newspaper reports.


UK – Business concern around new employment laws

4 April 2011

Changes to paternity leave from 3 April 2011, and the scrapping of the Default Retirement Age on 6 April 2011 will be damaging, claim business owners in an ongoing survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
Of 1,300 businesses, 52% said that they expected additional paternity leave requirements...

Netherlands – Randstad appoints Mark Bull as CEO UK and Middle East

4 April 2011

Staffing firm Randstad, has appointed Mark Bull to the new role of CEO of the UK and the Middle East.

As of 1 April 2011, Bull will be responsible for all of Randstad's operating companies and support functions in the UK and the Middle East, and will drive forward the company's strategy and operations...

UK – Woolley replaces Ketchin as Parity's FD

4 April 2011

Parity Group Plc (PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment and consulting firm has announced the appointment of Alastair Woolley (aged 49), FCA, as an Executive Director of the company with immediate effect. Mr Woolley joins the board as Finance Director and replaces Ian Ketchin who formally resigned...

UK – REC comments on AWR guidance to be published today

1 April 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has given an initial assessment of the long awaited Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) guidance which is due to be published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional...