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UK - Salespeople don’t like “fluffy”

3 November 2015

Sales people are more single-minded than any other profession when it comes to achieving their goals but disregard the “fluffier” aspects of the workplace according to research conducted by Randstad Sales, Marketing and Retail.

In a survey of 10,728 working Brits – including 630 sales professionals,...

UK – Other cities gain ground in battle with London for IT talent

3 November 2015

The battle for IT hires in key tech disciplines (Web Development, Mobile, Cloud, IT Security and Big Data) outside the Capital was intense in Q3 as several of the UK’s Tech Cities narrowed the gap against London’s dominance according to the latest Tech Cities Job Watch.

The report presents an analysis...

UK - More vacancies than jobseekers

2 November 2015

There were more vacancies than jobseekers in September in 41 out of the top 56 UK cities in the UK, compared to 27 cities a year ago, and the number of jobseekers competing for each role has fallen to a post-recession low according to Adzuna’s latest Jobs Report

Advertised vacancies are increasing steadily,...

Poland: Employers will fight for professionals

2 November 2015

The Polish job market, which until recently, favoured employers, now favours employees according to a report by Adecco Poland. The demand for specialists has increased, and wages are up. Senior management in certain industries can count on earnings up to PLN 60,000 gross monthly (€14,100).


Norway - Clockwork sets record

2 November 2015

Despite the poor staffing market figures, we reported on Friday at least one Norwegian company seems to be bucking the trend. Clockwork, which specializes in construction staffing has reported full year turnover 15% higher than last year and 35% up for the last three months.

 While total turnover...

Netherlands – USG People sees accelerating revenue growth

30 October 2015

USG People saw revenue grow 9.7 % in the third quarter three months ended 30 September 2015 to €684.1 million (Q3 2014: €623.8 million). As a percentage of revenue, the gross margin was declined to 19.9% (Q3 2014: 20.7%). The reason for the fall is discussed below. Underlying EBITA rose 28% to €37.0...

Netherlands : Brunel hit by further “serious” declines in Energy

30 October 2015

Brunel International (BRNL: NL), the Dutch staffing firm reported revenue for the third quarter ending 30 September 2015 of €291 million, a sharp decrease of 17% in constant currency (CC) compared with the same period last year. EBIT also tumbled 25% to €15 million.


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UK - Freelancers less confident in business outlook and economy

30 October 2015

Freelancers’ confidence in their own business outlook and the economy is at its lowest level on record, according to IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

The study, conducted in association with Upwork, recorded its first ever negative index score in relation to...

Norway – A mixed mostly poor performance for the staffing market

30 October 2015

There is considerable variation in the Norwegian staffing market according to the latest figures from NHO, the Confederation of Norwegian Employers. While the main trend is a declining market, it is still rising in northern Norway (+ 4%). In Eastern Norway, there is also an increase, but this is primarily...

Global - Solid profitable growth for Randstad

29 October 2015

Randstad (RAND: NV), the second largest staffing firm in the world, today reported revenue for the third quarter ending 30 September 2015 of €4.97 billion, an increase of 5% on an organic basis compared with €4.5 billion a year ago. The gross margin was up 30 basis points (bp) to 18.8%. Permanent...