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Europe – Single permit to live and work in the EU

6 February 2011

A new directive on a single permit to live and work in the European Union (EU) proposed by the European Commission aims to streamline bureaucratic procedures for all potential immigrants applying to live and work in an EU Member State, by enabling them to obtain work and residence permits via a single...

UK – Quality of management crucial to lift employee morale

6 February 2011

This quarter's Employee Outlook Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) illustrates the extent to which employees are concerned about their standard of living, as inflation continues to erode the real value of wages. The survey of 2,000 employees finds almost a third...

Europe – Improved gross margins in Q4 2010 deliver upside surprise at Manpower

6 February 2011

Revenues were up by +18.1% from $4.41 billion in Q4 2009 to $5.2 billion in Q4 2010 at Manpower Inc. (NYSE:MAN), the world's third-largest staffing firm. In constant currency, revenues were up by +22.1%, in line with management guidance.

On a constant basis, gross profit increased by +23.5% to $906 million....

France – Synergie's revenues up by +31.6% in Q4 2010, seeks acquisition in Germany

6 February 2011

Revenues were up by +31.6% from 258.6 million Euro in Q4 2009 to 340.2 million Euro in Q4 2010 at Synergie SA (SDG:PAR), the staffing and training services group.

In France Synergie's revenues were up by +21.2% from 166.8 million Euro in Q4 2009 to 202.2 million Euro in Q4 2010.

In other European countries...

UK – Horton International UK merges with Ruston Poole International

6 February 2011

International Pharma and Life Sciences Executive Search group, Ruston Poole International (RPI), has announced a merger with Horton International in the UK to become part of their global organisation. All future UK-led recruitment activities in the Pharma/Life Sciences sector will be carried out under...

Europe – Germany wants an end to automatic wage indexation

6 February 2011

The German government will propose a comprehensive anti-crisis package to a summit meeting of European Union (EU) countries later this week. This includes a call for an end to wage indexation in a number of EU member states such as Belgium, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta where wages for many groups of...

Europe – Agency staffing sector up by +23% y-o-y in October 2010

6 February 2011

The Agency Work Business Indicator (AWBI) for January 2011 published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) reveals that the agency work industry in Europe grew by +23% in October 2010 compared with the same period in 2009.

The agency work industry in Europe entered the...

UK – Majority of regional staffing agencies found in breach of the law

3 February 2011

The majority of 52 Exeter employment agencies visited by National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Employment Agency Standards (EAS) enforcement officers this week have been found in breach of employment laws.

17 officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC-NMW) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

UK – More than 150,000 jobs at risk in the public sector due to spending cuts

3 February 2011

The GMB union has published a list of 150,059 public sector jobs at 260 Local Authorities, which are under threat due to the government's spending cuts.

In nearly all these councils a 90 day statutory consultation period is underway on how to deal with these job losses. Most councils have given notice...

UK – Allegis buys Aston Carter

2 February 2011

Allegis, the largest privately owned staffing company in the world, has acquired Aston Carter, the recruitment firm which specialises in consultancy, finance and IT, from venture capitalists Baird Capital Partners Europe, the Financial Times reports.

Baird bought a majority stake in Aston Carter for 13...