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Sweden – Manpower to make staff redundant

15 January 2014

Global staffing firm Manpower has given notice that it is to make some of its staff in the city of Norrköping redundant, according to nt.se. At present, it is not known how many people will lose their jobs, as negotiations have yet to begun.

Anette Mosseberg, Business Area Manager in Norrköping, commented to nt.se: “Naturally we think that it’s really sad, but a notice is a notice and nobody has been made redundant yet.”

On Tuesday, the management team at Manpower advised their employees of the redundancy notification. The staff were advised by email that trade union IF Metall had been informed of the notice and that negotiations will take place. It was not made clear how many posts will be affected.

“We do not know how many people will be made redundant as it has not been negotiated yet. We sincerely hope that the economy will turn around quickly so that approximately 10 to 20 people is all at this stage, or hopefully none at all,” she added.

At present 235 people work for Manpower Norrköping, which lies 83 miles southwest of Stockholm. The decision by the management team to issue the redundancy notice was taken following a period of lower demand for the company’s staffing services.  

Of the eight major listed Swedish staffing firms, only two reported increased revenue during the third quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012. Conditions across the country continue to remain challenging. 

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