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Europe – Growth in agency work slows during May

1 September 2014

The number of hours worked by agency workers across Europe increased by +0.8% in May 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest Agency Work Business Indicator from Eurociett, the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies.This compares with growth of +4.5% in...


UK – Demand for professional talent up, but referendum slowing growth in Scotland

1 September 2014

Professional recruitment firms now have +22% more vacancies on their books compared with this time last year, according to new survey data from APSCo, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.The association’s latest research comes as the Treasury’s GDP growth forecast for the UK econom...


Poland – Work Service grows strongly following acquisitions

1 September 2014

Polish contract, RPO, and outsourcing company Work Service last week reported revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2014 of PLN 735.9 million (€174.6 million), an increase of +79.4% from PLN 410.1 million (€97.3 million) during the same period last year.The company reported gross profit of PL...


Netherlands – Long-term temporary contracts hit record high in Q2

1 September 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands increased by +0.8% during the second quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter, according to the CBS, Central Bureau for Statistics.The number of hours worked by temporary workers has been increasing steadily since the s...


Europe – Temporary recruitment helps combat black economy

1 September 2014

The Baltic states, the Balkans, and most of the Europe’s emerging countries represent the biggest black economies in Europe, with southern European countries trailing close behind, according to a recent study from recruitment firm Randstad, reports The Wall Street Journal.The share of undeclared...


UK – Recruitment firm fraudsters jailed for four years each

1 September 2014

Two recruitment firm employees have been jailed after stealing nearly £3 million from their City-based recruitment firm over a period of six years, reports asianimage.co.uk.Dennis Harold defrauded Devonshire Appointments by inventing temporary staff and paying their wages into more than 20 bank a...


Sweden – Wise Group unhappy with Q2 margin growth

29 August 2014

Swedish staffing company Wise Group AB (WISE: SS) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014 of SEK 133.7 million (€14.6 million), an increase of +10.3% from SEK 121.2 million (€13.2 million) during the same period last year.Operating profit for the period fell by -2.3% to SEK 3....


Netherlands – Investment company acquires majority stake in payrolling company Tentoo

29 August 2014

Dutch investment company De Hoge Dennen Capital, together with the company’s management team, has acquired a majority stake in Amsterdam-based payroll company Tentoo.  No financial details of the acquisition were released.Founded in 1992, Tentoo provides payrolling services to freelance...


UK – Agency worker sacked for penning risqué novel

29 August 2014

An agency worker, working at a children’s centre for Kent County Council, has been sacked after parents complained about her raunchy novel, reports The Guardian.German-born Bettina Bunte, a part-time novelist, wrote the novel about a schoolgirl’s affair with an older man, which was based on her o...


UK – Obese jobseekers viewed more negatively by employers and recruiters

29 August 2014

Half of HR and recruitment professionals admitted that they saw obesity as a market of personality and predicted work ethic, according to a survey from solicitors Thomas Mansfield, reports The Mail Online.The survey follows research released last month from Virginia Tech and the University of Buf...