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UK – Michael Page benefits from geographical diversification

7 March 2011

Revenues were up by +16.1% from 716.7 million Pounds in 2009 to 832.3 million Pounds in 2010 at Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment company. In constant currency, revenues were up by +14.8%.

The Preliminary Full-year results for the year ended 31 December...

UK – Big fish acquired by Nakama

7 March 2011

Big fish Search & Selection Limited, the recruitment agency for creative and marketing professionals, has been acquired by Nakama, the digital creative recruitment consultancy.

Big fish was founded in 2002 and has been placing creative and marketing professionals in both the agency world and large...

Germany – Lowest labour cost increase in the EU

7 March 2011

Germany ranks at the tail end of wage increases in the European Union (EU), according to new research published by the Institute for Macro-Economic Research (IMK).

In 2009 the average labour cost per hour in the private sector of the Eurozone was highest in Belgium with 37.2 Euro per hour. It was lowest...

Eastern Europe – Polish staffing revenues up +47%

7 March 2011

Revenues generated by the 19 major staffing agencies, which form the Polish Human Resources Forum (Polskie Forum HR) were up by +47% from 284 million Euro in 2009 to 417 million Euro in 2010.

Market shares of major staffing agencies in Poland

Randstad  27.6%
Manpower  17.7%
Adecco  17.1%...

Spain – Aranda announces resignation

7 March 2011

The President of the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), Francisco Aranda has announced his intention to step down and pursue a new career, specialist publication RRHH reports.

Aranda's main achievements were the government's lifting of restrictions for temporary employment agencies...

Belgium – Lacroix becomes new Federgon President

7 March 2011

Philippe Lacroix of Manpower has been appointed new President of the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) for a mandate of three years.

Lacroix succeeds Annemie Verschetse of Konvert Interim who was appointed Federgon President in 2007.

Lacroix is Managing Director of Manpower Belgium and Luxembourg....

UK – Alarming figures on public sector fraud

7 March 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has called on the government to urgently address public sector and procurement fraud as figures released by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude identified that the public sector loses 21 billion Pounds from fraud, with 2.4 billion Pounds of this occurring...

Netherlands – USG People's Q4 revenues up +12%

4 March 2011

Full year revenues were up by +3% from 3 billion Euro in 2009 to 3.1 billion Euro in 2010 at USG People N.V. (USG.AEX), the multi-brand staffing, secondment and HR services group.

Full year and fourth quarter results for the period ended 31 December 2010 reveal that full year EBITA was up by +37% from...

UK – SThree gross profit boosted by non-UK business

4 March 2011

Group gross profit was up by +19% at constant currency from 35.8 million Pounds in first financial quarter of 2010 to 42 million Pounds in the first financial quarter of 2011 at SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the international specialist staffing firm.

An interim management statement covering the period from...

Norway – Adecco caught in illegal practices scandal

4 March 2011

Staffing agency Adecco Norway has been accused of illegal labour practices such as paying wages below minimum levels, unacceptable working hours and conditions and, in some cases, pension contributions according to Dagsavisen newspaper.

As a result Adecco Norway has lost several contracts with nursing...