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UK – Strong international profit growth boosts SThree

12 September 2014

International recruitment firm SThree (STHR: LSE) reported gross profit of £55.1 million during the third quarter ending 31 August 2014, an increase of +18% in constant currency compared with £49.8 million last year.Gross profit derived from contract recruitment rose by +28% in constant currency...


Europe – Commission urges EU countries to implement new ILO Protocol on forced labour

12 September 2014

The European Commission proposed to the EU Council of Ministers that Member States should be authorised to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) new Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, reports ec.europa.eu.The Protocol, together with a complementary Recommendation, was adopted...


Europe – Lack of qualification recognition hampering cross-border jobseekers

12 September 2014

More than half (56%) of EU citizens believe that their qualifications would be recognised across the European Union. However, 6% of those who tried to work or study in another Member State were unable to do so as their qualifications were not recognised, according to the “European Area of Skills...


Germany – A tenth of under 25s have no professional qualifications

12 September 2014

A tenth (10.4%) of Germans between the ages of 18 and 24 do not have a university or professional qualification and are not currently taking part in any training or further education, according to figures from the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis), reports personaldienstleister.de.Compared wit...


France – Synergie reports strong domestic and international growth

11 September 2014

French recruitment firm Synergie SA (SDG: PAR) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of €793.9 million, an increase of +11.9%, in constant currency, compared with €703.6 million during the same period last year.Operating income for the period rose by +52% to €33.4 million, up fr...


Germany – Minister for Economics changes tune on temporary work

11 September 2014

In a swift departure from earlier comments criticising the recruitment industry, Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Economics, commented: “Germany is doing well, and temporary work is one of the reasons for this positive development.”Writing in the “Recruiter” magazine published by Germany’s Federal Em...


UK – Former CEO of recruitment agency for the deaf charged with fraud

11 September 2014

The former boss of a specialist recruitment agency for deaf people has appeared in court accused of conspiring with six other people to defraud the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) by falsely claiming more than £200,000 for using sign language services, reports the Croydon Advisor.Magistrate...


UK – For hire sign lands graduate dream job with recruitment firm

11 September 2014

After standing, smartly dressed, outside London’s Waterloo train station holding a “for hire” sign, marketing graduate Alfred Ajani has landed his first full-time job since leaving university with recruitment consultancy Asoria Group, reports standard.co.uk.The marketing student from south London...


France – Acquisitions boost Groupe Crit’s H1 results

10 September 2014

French recruitment firm Groupe Crit (CEN: FP) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of €791.7 million, an increase of +9.1% compared with €725.6 million during the same period last year.Operating income for the six-month period rose by +28.1% to €32.2 million, up from €25.2 mill...


UK – Parity Group returns to profitability

10 September 2014

Specialist technology staffing company Parity Group (PTY: LSE) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of £48.3 million, an increase of +3.8% compared with £46.5 million during the same period last year.Parity Group achieved an operating profit of £310,000 during H1 2014, an impro...