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Germany – Gess & Partner acquires Best Job Group

2 March 2011

Gess & Partner, the provider of temporary employment, recruitment and interim management services, based in Düsseldorf, has acquired Best Job Group, the staffing agency, which specialises in the IT sector.

Gess & Partner is 32% owned by Managing Director Dr. Axel von Zimmermann. In November 2010,...

Belgium – Agency temporary employment up +3.11% in January 2011

2 March 2011

The latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian temporary employment market published yesterday by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) reveal that the number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in January 2011 was up by +3.11% compared to December 2010.

The number of hours worked...

World – Job markets steadying

2 March 2011

A new survey of hiring and firing trends covering over 14,400 organisations in 47 countries, carried out by international staffing firm Antal, has found that the global recruitment market is steadying.

The 'Global Snapshot' asked 14,465 companies in major markets such as Western and Eastern Europe, Africa,...

UK – Growing concern about skilled migrants policy

2 March 2011

Specialist recruiter Poolia has seen a switch in demand from temporary to permanent placements in January 2011 in stark contrast to the recruitment patterns 12 months ago. January 2011 permanent placements are up by almost +99% whilst short term opportunities are down by almost -10%, in comparison with...

Ireland – Obsolete wage agreements should be abolished

2 March 2011

The Human Resources Policy Council of the Irish Chambers of Trade and Commerce (Chambers Ireland) has called for the abolition of obsolete Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) and Registered Employment Agreements (REA) in its submission to the Independent Review of ERO and REA wage setting mechanisms.


Sweden – GDP grows +1.2% in Q4 2010

2 March 2011

Seasonally adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +1.2% in Q4 2010 compared to Q3 2010, according to the latest data published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).

Household consumption expenditures increased by +4.3% and general government consumption expenditures increased by +4.5%.

The changes in...

UK – HCL boardroom drama not over yet

2 March 2011

Healthcare Locums (HCL), the troubled staffing agency which has recently made major changes to its board of directors due to what it called "serious accounting irregularities", has announced that it has accepted a new resignation from the board.

Mo Dedat has resigned as an Executive Director...

France – DLSI's revenues up +48.2%, seeks acquisitions

1 March 2011

Revenues were up by +48.2% from 117.4 million Euro in 2009 to 174 million Euro in 2010 at DLSI SA (ALDSL:PAR), the France-based temporary and permanent staffing group.

Revenues generated outside France were up by +15.4% from 42.2 million Euro in 2009 to 48.7 million Euro in 2010.

The two recent acquisitions...

Germany – Staffing agencies face billions in retroactive payments

1 March 2011

The Highest Labour Court (BAG) has ruled that December's decision to render all collective bargaining agreements negotiated by the Christian Unions (CGZP) on behalf of temporary employees null and void, shall also apply retroactively back until 2005, Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reports.

In general,...

Europe – Agency work market improves for the ninth month in a row

1 March 2011

The agency work industry in Europe grew by +22.3% in December 2010 compared to December 2009 according to the latest Agency Work Business Indicator (AWBI) published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett). This marks the ninth consecutive month of growth for the sector....