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Ireland — Exodus of construction workers to South Africa

7 December 2009

Recruitment agencies are now exporting thousands of construction workers they brought to Ireland in the good times. Many of these have returned to their native South Africa to fill the skills gap in the country's construction boom ahead of the 2010 World Cup, the Irish Independent reports. Paul...


The Netherlands — USG appoints new CEO and new Supervisory Board Chairman

7 December 2009

The Supervisory Board of USG People N.V. (USG:AEX), the multi-brand staffing and customer care services group, intends to appoint Herman van Campenhout as CEO with effect from 1 March 2010. Cees Veerman will be nominated by the Supervisory Board for election as the new chairman of the Supervisory...


Italy — Importing nurses is big business

7 December 2009

  According to the Federation of Nursing Colleges (IPASVI) there are now 10,000 foreign nurses in the affluent Milan and Lodi region of Northern Italy compared to only 212 in 2002 when the region opened its doors to nurses from other countries, il Giornale reports. Angelo Macchia of the 'Nursin...


Italy — Importing nurses is big business

7 December 2009

According to the Federation of Nursing Colleges (IPASVI) there are now 10,000 foreign nurses in the affluent Milan and Lodi region of Northern Italy compared to only 212 in 2002 when the region opened its doors to nurses from other countries, il Giornale reports. Angelo Macchia of the 'Nursing-U...


UK — Indian IT workers come in their droves

7 December 2009

  A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Apsco) reveals that 7 out of the top 10 companies importing non-EU IT workers are Indian, the Financial Times reports. Tata Consulting Services was the biggest user of so-called intra-compa...


Spain — High cost of firing permanent workers promotes temporary employment

4 December 2009

  Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has proposed to adopt the German model of 'reduced working hours schemes' allowing firms to cut labour cost without making staff redundant, Agence France Presse reports. In Germany, the government pays workers 67% of the income loss caused by work...


Spain — High cost of firing permanent workers promotes temporary employment

4 December 2009

Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has proposed to adopt the German model of 'reduced working hours schemes' allowing firms to cut labour cost without making staff redundant, Agence France Presse reports. In Germany, the government pays workers 67% of the income loss caused by working...


Belgium — Age discrimination is rife and thriving

4 December 2009

A new report published by InSites Consulting on behalf of staffing agency Tempo Team (previously Vedior) reveals that the over 50 year olds are not very much appreciated at their workplaces and that their younger colleagues doubt their abilities. Both companies and workers are badly prepared for...


The Netherlands — Randstad revenue trends improving

4 December 2009

  "The trends that have been discussed in our Q3 2009 presentation have so far continued into Q4 2009. In October revenue per working day decreased by 21% (year on year, organically), compared to a decline of 26% in September. In November the revenue trend keeps improving, evidently against an e...


UK — Parity H2 pre-tax profit expected to be down by 300,000 Pounds

4 December 2009

Parity Group Plc (PTY:LSE), the technology staffing and training firm has today published a trading statement. During the period since the group's last Interim Management Statement of 13 November 2009, it has become clear to management that the rate of improvement in revenue in Solutions will b...