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Switzerland — Adecco to acquire MPS Group

20 October 2009

Adecco Group (ADEN:VTX), the world's largest provider of HR solutions, announced today the acquisition of MPS Group Inc. the professional staffing services group, for 782 million Euro or $13.80 per share. The acquisition will significantly enhance Adecco's position in the professional staffing...


UK — Men fear requesting flexible working will damage their careers

20 October 2009

A report launched today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to coincide with Parents' Week, finds that British men want to take a more active role in caring for their children. But four in 10 fathers say they spend too little time with their children. 45% of men fail to take two weeks’...


Europe — Growth in wealth staffing to come from emerging markets

20 October 2009

Recruitment consultants believe emerging markets are likely to generate most of the growth in staffing in global wealth management in the year ahead as the offshore crackdown slows expansion in Europe, Wealth Bulletin reports. Stephen Heal, managing director of London-based wealth management rec...


International — Temporary employees were the first to suffer from the recession

20 October 2009

Workers who found jobs through temporary employment agencies were among the first to find themselves out of work as a result of the global financial and economic crises, according to a new United Nations report. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) report noted that the largest number of...


UK - 'Positive' Sign As Post Strike Talks Continue

20 October 2009

Following twelve hours of negotiations yesterday, talks between Communication Workers Union (CWU) leaders and Royal Mail management, aimed at averting this week's postal strike, are set to resume today. Union sources according to Sky News said the fact that talks lasted so long was a "positive...


The Netherlands — Employers want clear definitions of 'heavy duty work'

20 October 2009

Employers are concerned about the undefined notion of 'heavy duty work' in the pending legislation on the extension of the retirement age from 65 to 66 years and then to 67 years, Dutch News reports. The government plans to force employers to find lighter tasks for workers who have done 'heavy d...


UK — Union threatens legal action against Royal Mail's hiring of temporary employees

19 October 2009

Royal Mail bosses have escalated their dispute with staff ahead of the planned national strike on Thursday and Friday this week by announcing that they will take on 30,000 temporary employees in order to clear backlogs between strikes as well as to help with the seasonal build up of mail in the r...


The Netherlands — Pension age increase agreed

19 October 2009

After endless consultation with unions and employer organisations, Ministers have now agreed that the state pension age in The Netherlands will go up from 65 to 66 years of age in 2020 and then again to 67 years of age in 2026, Dutch News reports. People will still be able to retire at 65 in retu...


UK — FSA staff vetting policy could lead to data leaks

19 October 2009

London-based law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has criticised plans from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to vet candidates for roles within influential financial services organisations, Citywire reports. Jonathan Davies, partner of RPC, said there was a danger that information on...


Spain — Generous unemployment benefit generates unemployment

19 October 2009

In an interview with Vanity Fair, ex-Socialist Minister for the Economy and Business, Carlos Solchaga said that "the Spanish Socialist Prime Minister, Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is deluding himself on labour market issues." According to Mr. Solchaga "unemployment benefit in Spain is too generous an...