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Europe – EU and US agree new framework for transatlantic data flows

5 February 2016

The European Commission and the United States have agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield. This will place strong obligations on companies handling Europeans' personal data.

The political agreement was approved today by the College of Commissioners with Vice-President...


Global – LinkedIn shares plunge on weak forecast

5 February 2016

LinkedIn, the online professional network, has seen its shares fall by 28% as the company projected lower than expected profits for the first quarter of 2016, citing weakness in its recruitment services business in markets outside North America. 

The company reported a net loss of USD 8.4 million,...


UK – January sees surge in permanent placements

5 February 2016

January 2016 saw growth in new-year job hunters in the UK as applications rose, with 25.5% of recruiters reporting better candidate availability, up from 6.9% in December 2015, according to the latest Markit/REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) Report on Jobs. Permanent placements also saw...


Germany – APSCo and British Embassy to lobby German government over proposed contractor legislation

5 February 2016

The British Embassy in Germany has agreed to take the lead in discussions between The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and German governmental institutions over proposed changes to the German Labour Leasing Act.

The proposed changes to international contractor laws have already faced...


UK – SThree uses automation solution for its onboarding and offboarding processes

5 February 2016

International recruitment firm SThree now uses Activebatch, a workforce automation solution, to keep up with increasing demands on onboarding and offboarding processes placed on its IT department and now deploys it for 90% of these processes.

In an interview with Baseline Mag, SThree’s Director of IT...


UK – Research shows nearly half of UK’s workforce will be looking for new jobs in 2016

5 February 2016

According to a Jobs Exodus Trends 2016 Report by Investors in People, 49% of the UK workforce will be looking for new jobs in 2016.

 The report reveals that one in five employees across the country are complaining of high workloads (19%), nearly a quarter are concerned by a lack of career progression...


Global – ManpowerGroup optimistic about Europe in 2016

4 February 2016

ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) announced that Q4 2015 revenue rose 7.3% in constant currency to USD 4,953.9 million despite falling 3.3% on a USD basis. In France, the company’s largest single market, revenue was up 5.7% in constant currency, however, US revenue fell 5.2%.

ManpowerGroup reported a favorable...


Ireland – SMEs struggle to recruit quality employees and compete with multinational corporations

4 February 2016

Irish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to recruit quality employees and compete with multinational corporations according to a new survey by international recruitment firm Hays.

According to the report, 38% of Irish SMEs believe they can compete with multinationals when recruiting...


UK – Research shows innovation is the leading business priority for HR

4 February 2016

Innovation has become the leading business priority for HR and other business leaders according to the latest CIPD/Workday HR Outlook leaders’ survey.

The survey revealed that 35% of HR and 32% of other business leaders consider innovation to be their top business strategy as employers increasingly...


Finland – Unemployment rises to 9.4% in 2015, improvement not likely in 2016

4 February 2016

Unemployment in Finland in December 2015 ended at an unadjusted rate of 9.2%, up from 8.2% in November and 8.8% compared to the previous year, according to the latest Labour Force Survey by Statistics Finland.

The average rate for Q4 unemployment reached 8.7%, up from the quarterly average of 8.4% seen...