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Europe — Court of Justice ruling in favour of workers on parental leave

23 October 2009

The Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg has ruled that an employer who sacks a worker while they are on parental leave must base the severance pay on the worker's full-time salary, rather than on what they were earning while on leave. The judgement has potentially ramificat...


UK — Office Angels found staff for BNP call centre

22 October 2009

An employment agency has admitted supplying staff to a Belfast call centre working for the far-right British National Party, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Office Angels confirmed a short-lived association with the Belfast operation in a brief statement and went on to say "Since discovering tha...


International — Robert Half Q3 revenues halved

22 October 2009

Robert Half International (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialised staffing and risk consulting services group has released interim results for the third quarter of 2009 ended 30 September 2009. Worldwide 3Q revenues were down from $1.6 billion in Q3 2008 to $726 million in Q3 2009. Gross profits we...


Europe — Manpower suffers from sluggish demand

22 October 2009

Manpower Inc. (MAN:NYQ), the US quoted staffing services group, has published interim results for the third quarter of 2009 ending 30 September. Worldwide group revenues were down by -26% from $5.7 billion in 2008 to $4.2 billion in 2009. The group made an operating loss of -$19 million compare...


Germany — Amadeus FiRe third quarter results show a mixed picture

22 October 2009

Amadeus FiRe AG (AADX:GER), the temporary and permanent staffing agency group, has today published their financial results for the third quarter of 2009 ending 30 September. Revenues were down from 30.8 million Euro in the third quarter of 2008 to 27.8 million Euro in the same period of 2009. Gr...


France — One in three job centre workers went on strike yesterday

21 October 2009

According to management of the French job centre 'Pole Emploi', 34.5% of the 46,000 employees who work for the official government job agency decided to go on strike yesterday against unacceptable working conditions, les Echos reports. Malaise among 'Pole Emploi' employees has been growing over...


The Netherlands — USG People shares fall after MPS acquisition by Adecco

21 October 2009

Shares in Dutch staffing company USG People (USG:AEX) fell by 30% before recovering to be down 7% after Swiss staffing services group Adecco (ADEN.VTX) announced the takeover of U.S. rival MPS Group (MPS.NYQ) for $1.3 billion, reducing hopes that USG will be acquired by Adecco, Het Financieele Da...


The Netherlands — Randstad sells CIAN to NorthgateArinso

21 October 2009

NorthgateArinso, the global HR software and solutions provider, has announced that NorthgateArinso Netherlands has acquired CIAN, a division of Randstad HR Services. The takeover becomes effective under the condition of the approval of both work councils. CIAN, formerly the salary department of...


Portugal — Less temporary employees placed at higher revenues

21 October 2009

As the country recovers slowly from the recession the President of the Portuguese Association of Private Employers (APESPE), Marcelino Pena Costa, estimates that revenues of temporary employment agencies will be up in 2009 compared to the previous year, Portuguese daily Expresso reports. Pena Co...


UK — Manpower believed to already supply temporary employees to Royal Mail in Bristol

21 October 2009

The UK Post Office, Royal Mail, is said to have already started to employ temporary employees in order to prepare for the national strikes expected to go ahead on Thursday and Friday this week, the Bristol Evening Post reports. Royal Mail has refused to confirm how many temporary staff are being...