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UK – Adecco urges Chancellor to reduce complexity of AWR

22 March 2011

Ahead of tomorrow's Budget, Andy Smith, Head of Regulation and Employment Law at staffing agency Adecco, has called on Chancellor (Finance Minister), George Osborne to remove barriers to temporary employment and reduce the complexity of the European Union's Agency Workers Regulation (AWR), which will...

Germany – BZA speaks out against discrimination against temporary employment

22 March 2011

The Subcommittee on labour and social affairs of the German Parliament (Bundestag) has asked Volker Enkerts, the President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA), to comment on the reform of labour market legislation in his capacity as an industry specialist.

Enkerts has commented to...

Belgium – Outplacement activity up +13.9% in 2010

22 March 2011

Outplacement activity was up by +13.9% from 15,577 outplacements in 2009 to 17,749 outplacements in 2010 according to the latest data published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).

The placement rate, i.e the percentage of people who found a job at the end of their outplacement, was down...

UK – Flexible working is no longer the exception

22 March 2011

Four fifths of companies in the UK are now offering their staff flexible working, according to new research amongst 4,000 UK companies commissioned by workplace provider Regus.

However, the research highlights that trust remains a major hurdle for many companies: 38% of UK businesses only offer this privilege...

World – Use of social media differs by country

22 March 2011

In most countries more than 50% of the employees have a social media profile according to findings covered in the latest Workmonitor for Q1 2011 based on research in 29 countries around the world published by staffing agency Randstad.

Countries where usage of social media is high are predominantly countries...

Finland – Unemployment falls to 8.4%

22 March 2011

In February 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,425,000, which was +27,000 higher than a year earlier, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).

The number of employed men grew, but that of employed women fell slightly.

The number of wage...

Germany – AutoVision more than triples profits

21 March 2011

Revenues were up by +56% from 287 million Euro in 2009 to 446.6 million Euro in 2010 at AutoVision, the Volkswagen-owned in-house temporary staffing agency.

Financial results for the year ended 31 December 2010 released on Friday reveal that profit before tax was up by +340% from 10.5 million Euro in...

Germany – BZA recommends out-of-court settlement for illegal collective bargaining

21 March 2011

An estimated 1,400 small and medium-sized temporary employment agencies, which have signed collective bargaining agreements with the Christian Unions (CGZP) will have to retroactively pay millions of Euro in social security and pension contributions by the end of May 2011 on the difference between their...

France – Adenclassifieds renamed Figaro Classifieds

21 March 2011

Adenclassifieds, the recruitment, training and property internet portal, which was acquired by its majority shareholder, the Figaro publishing group at the end of last year, has now been rebranded as Figaro Classifieds.

After a friendly takeover bid in December 2010, the Figaro Group now owns almost 100%...

UK – Cost of commute encourages temporary workers to stay local

21 March 2011

Reed, the specialist recruitment consultancy, is predicting a return to a more local jobs market for a significant proportion of the workforce. Workers fear the rising cost of commuting and have a heightened social awareness to be more environmentally responsible.

The nationwide consultancy is already...