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UK –Staffline acquires Ethos Recruitment

17 March 2011

Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services provider to industry, today announces the acquisition of Ethos Recruitment Limited (Ethos), the Daventry-based recruitment agency.

The acquisition is in line with Staffline's business strategy of making selective bolt-on acquisitions...

Europe – Labour demand increased significantly in 2010

17 March 2011

Growth in the total number of job vacancies (+26%), job-finders (+8%), Public Employment Services (PES) job vacancies (+6%), job vacancies for temporary agency workers (+22%) and on line job vacancies (+25%) indicates an increase in labour demand in Europe in Q3 2010 compared to Q3 2009, according to...

Europe – Equal rights and treatment for foreign workers

17 March 2011

Non-European Union (EU) workers in Europe should have the same rights regarding working time, leave and social security as EU nationals, said the Employment Committee yesterday.

However, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) also made it clear that Member States may choose to allow tax benefits only...

Netherlands – Unemployment unchanged at 5.1% in February 2011

17 March 2011

The number of unemployed was unchanged in February 2011 at 400,000 or 5.1% of the workforce, according to the latest data published today by the Central Statistics Office (CBS).

The unemployment rate for men increased from 4.7% in December 2010 to 4.9% in February 2011 whilst the unemployment rate for...

Spain – More strikes but less working hours lost

17 March 2011

The number of working hours lost due to industrial action fell by -43.9% to 989.363 in February 2011 when compared to the same month of 2010, according to the latest industrial action report (Informe sobre Conflictividad Laboral) by employer organisation CEOE.

The number of strikes, however, was up by...

UK – Recovery slow but fiscal consolidation must continue, says OECD

17 March 2011

Economic growth will be subdued this year and next in the United Kingdom, but the government must continue its difficult fiscal consolidation and structural reform programmes to return the economy to a sustainable path, according to the latest UK Economic Survey published by the Organisation for Economic...

Switzerland – Economic expectations brighten up a little

17 March 2011

Economic expectations for Switzerland improved slightly in March 2011 when compared to February 2011, according to the latest Credit Suisse and the Centre for European Economic Research Indicator (ZEW).

The indicator climbed by +3.7 points, reaching the -13.5 mark. This picture mainly results from a decrease...

UK – REC refutes UCATT claims

17 March 2011

Responding to claims made by the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) that employment agencies appear to be flouting health and safety rules, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has emphasised its members' commitment to the health and safety of the UK workforce....

UK – Proposals to reform/abolish IR35 could add millions to employment costs

16 March 2011

The Office for Tax Simplification (part of HM Treasury) has published proposals to reform or abolish IR35, the test which is used to determine a worker's employment status.

One of the proposals is that income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) should be merged, thereby removing the tax incentive...

UK – Periscope acquired by Aspire Global Network

16 March 2011

Staffing firm, Aspire Global Network (formerly known as pfj) has acquired a majority stake in Periscope, the specialist recruitment company serving the creative and design sectors.

This is the group's third acquisition in as many years. Aspire Global Network now comprises pfj, The Graduate Recruitment...