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Slovenia - The labour market recovered in 2014, but next year is uncertain

30 December 2014

Slovenia recorded an improvement in its labour market in 2014. However, the trend could reverse next year as the EU cut funds for the active unemployment policy according to the Slovenian Press Agency.A total of 129,843 persons were registered as unemployed with the Employment Service in January,...


Scotland – Top pay north of the border

30 December 2014

If you want to improve pay, you may be best moving to Scotland after Hogmanay (New Year) as two of Scotland's main cities have been ranked among the top three places for salaries in the UK. Average earnings in Aberdeen and Edinburgh are £38,036 and £35,784 respectively, making them the best place...


Netherlands - Zzp'er’s have a lenient policy on social media

30 December 2014

LinkedIn (88%), Facebook (38%) and Twitter (35%) are the most important networks for business use by freelancers. Self-employed freelancers (known locally as zzp’ers) also have a rather lenient policy on social networks. 37% of freelancers accept anyone who adds them on Linkedin - even though the...


UK- Increasingly difficult to recruit new staff and labour costs up

29 December 2014

According to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 93% of UK businesses have little or no spare capacity. Over a third of UK businesses (36%) have no capacity to take on more work, and almost three in five (57%) have ‘little capacity’.With a high pro...


UK - Recruiters facing admin ‘double whammy’ in 2015

29 December 2014

Staffing firms that place contractors and temporary workers will be hit by a double whammy of fresh administrative duties in the New Year, according to Parasol, the UK-based provider of contractor and freelancer employment services.The company believes legislation around pensions and false self-e...


Ireland – Employers fear pay rises 'across the board' in 2015

29 December 2014

Workers who have forgone pay rises for over five years may be about to receive a boost in the New Year, according to recruitment firms, employers, government ministers and union negotiators says Gerald Flynn writing in the Irish Mail on Sunday.While some small employer groups still claim they can...


UK - How a tweet can mean dismissal

29 December 2014

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently held in the case of Game Retail Ltd v Laws that a Tribunal must take into account the public nature of Twitter when deciding whether or not an employee’s dismissal for posting offensive tweets was unfair according to Ian Lewis of Bray & Bray Solic...


UK - Interquest terminates sale talks

24 December 2014

On 21 October 2014, the Board of Interquest announced it had decided to conduct a strategic review of the Company's options to maximize value for shareholders, including a potential sale of the Company, as reported by Staffing Industry Analysts.According to an announcement released yesterday: “Fo...


Poland – IT firms are hiring

24 December 2014

Polish programmers and developers with knowledge about databases, SQL, Java and .NET are currently the most sought after IT professionals, according to the latest analysis by job search engine Adzuna Poland. According to the data, the best locations for those interested in working in the IT indus...


Netherlands – Staffing up by 9%

24 December 2014

In period 12 (week 45 – 48) the total number of hours increased +8.8% and turnover +8.5%, in comparison with the same period last year, according to the ABU, the principal body representing staffing firms in the Netherlands. This period had an equal amount of workable days compared to the same pe...