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France – Further growth reported in staffing market

30 June 2015

Growth continued in the French staffing market in May 2015, building on the year-on-year increase in temporary employment reported in April 2015, according to figures from Prism’Emploi, the French Association of Employment Agencies.Temporary employment increased by 6% in May, compared with the sa...


UK – Randstad launches salary tool

30 June 2015

Specialist recruiter Randstad has today launched a Salary Checker facility that allows UK workers to see how much their professional counterparts and regional neighbours are earning. According to Randstad, the tool is the most comprehensive wage comparator available, using more than 870,000...


UK – Former illegal immigrants sentenced for using fake ID to secure gangmasters licence

30 June 2015

A Lincolnshire couple, who both first entered the UK as illegal immigrants, have been handed prison sentences after building a property empire and a successful gangmaster business using a stolen ID.In a landmark conviction, described by the judge as ‘the first of its type in the UK’, Lithuania-bo...


Europe – Further decrease in unemployment

30 June 2015

The unemployment rate across the 28 Members States of the European Union was 9.6% in May 2015, down from 9.7% in April and down compared with 10.3% in May 2014, according to the latest figures from Eurostat, the statistical body of the European Union.Unemployment across the 19 Eurozone countries...


UK – Professional hiring up, as economy accelerates

29 June 2015

Professional recruitment firms now have 13% more vacancies on their books than this time last year according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).This annual increase is in line with reports from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research...


Europe – Agency worker job market on the path to full recovery

29 June 2015

The number of hours worked by agency workers across Europe increased by 6.2% during April 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from Eurociett, the European Confederation of Private Employment Services.Switzerland returned to growth, albeit timidly, after t...


UK – Government must simplify legislation to enable flexible working

29 June 2015

The government must look to simplify tax and employment legislation in order to maximise flexible working and the value of contractors, according to umbrella employment provider giant group.The company found that the government must review existing tax and employment legislation so that contracto...


UK – Graduates have more jobs to choose from but at a lower salary

29 June 2015

This year’s flood of graduates will have significantly more positions to choose from than last year’s university leavers, which has helped lift the number of total available vacancies to a new post-recession record, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk.There were 15,825...


Sweden – Job advert for sex toy tester a step too far for “liberal” Swedes

26 June 2015

Despite their reputation as one of the world’s most liberal countries, Sweden’s Employment Services’ (Arbetsförmedlingen) website has taken down a job advert from a company seeking testers for its sex toys, reports thelocal.se.The advert, which was posted on Monday, was seeking applications for “...


Germany – Hiring sentiment weakens in June

26 June 2015

Hiring intentions across Germany dipped in June, with companies looking to hire fewer workers compared with May 2015 according to the June Employment Barometer from the Institute of Economic Research (Ifo).The index edged down to 107.8 points in June from 108.2 points last month. Compared with la...