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Germany — StepStone sells StepStone Solutions to private equity firm

31 March 2010

HgCapital, the European sector focused private equity investor, has agreed the acquisition of StepStone Solutions, the Talent Management solutions division of StepStone ASA. The acquisition will be completed together with the current management team, led by Group Managing Director, Matthew Parker...


Europe — Euro area unemployment rate at 10%, EU27 at 9.6%

31 March 2010

According to the latest data published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the 16 countries, which share the Euro as common currency (EA16) was 10.0% in February 2010, compared with 9.9% in January. It was 8.8% in February...


Netherlands — Young workers would rather work for longer than have their pensions cut

30 March 2010

A new survey among 550 employees in The Netherlands with an average age of 32 carried out by staffing agency Unique (part of USG People) reveals that young Dutch workers would rather continue to work after the current retirement age than have their pensions reduced. When asked what they would pr...


Europe — SMEs urge EU leaders to re-think the flexicurity concept

30 March 2010

European social partners have joined forces to deliver their labour market vision to EU leaders, in particular the need for revised goals for flexicurity. The Tripartite Social Summit, comprising employers, trade unions and SME associations, stressed that at a time of crisis finding effective an...


The Netherlands — De Berk takes over Signaal

30 March 2010

Specialist staffing agency De Berk (part of van Nunen B.V.) has announced the takeover of its bankrupt competitor Signaal for an undisclosed sum. It has not yet been decided whether the Signaal brand name will be maintained or not. De Berk specialises in temporary staffing and contracting of tec...


Europe — Only one third of IT workers appear to be women

30 March 2010

According to The IT Job Board's (part of S-Three), latest European survey findings, only one third (35%) of IT workers in Europe appear to be women. However the feeling within the IT community is that this is set to change. The survey highlighted that increasing numbers of women are entering the...


Europe -- Rocky start for EU strategy for jobs and growth

29 March 2010

The European Commission's new strategy for growth and jobs is on the ropes after EU leaders failed to agree hard targets on education and poverty, two of the five headline goals set out in the original proposal, Euractiv reports. Governments questioned the EU's legal right to set targets on educ...


UK -- Hays calls on the next government to freeze NIC

29 March 2010

Hays plc, the specialist recruiting group, today publishes its first Manifesto for Employment detailing the shortcomings it sees in Britain's jobs market and proposing a 9-point plan, which it believes any incoming Government should adopt. Hays has undertaken a wide ranging review of the employm...


France -- Shortage of vocationally trained workers

29 March 2010

In spite of the recession there is still a serious shortage of vocationally trained workers in France, French daily Ouest France reports. Laurent Jegou, Manager at staffing agency Start People (part of USG People) said, "it may sound surprising, especially in times of economic crisis, but we hav...


Turkey — Employment organisation calls for legalising temporary employment

26 March 2010

The General Director of Turkish employment organisation ISKUR, Namik Ata, believes that legalising temporary employment in Turkey could be an important tool in the battle against the country's record 14% unemployment rate. Under current legislation, private staffing agencies can only act as recr...