The United Kingdom is the oldest staffing market in Europe and the largest market in terms of size (by sales). It is highly fragmented with some 15,000 firms. Many of the most recognisable UK-based providers such as Hays, Michael Page and Robert Walters have now spread around the world.
Temporary agency work is treated as a service sector in its own right and, in the UK, was one of the least regulated markets in Europe. However, in recent years the implementation of the European Agency Work Directive has increased the degree of control. There are two principal associations representing the interests of the staffing industry: the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
The UK, a leading trading power and financial centre, is the third-largest economy in Europe after Germany and France, and the seventh-largest in the world. In addition to a flexible labour market, the country is pro-business and open to foreign investment. The population is over 60 million and the nation is placed seventh in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking.
The Agency Workers Regulations 2010, implementing the EC Temporary Agency Workers Directive (2008/104/EC), have now passed through the UK Parliament, and should come into force in October 2011 ...
The Agency Workers Regulations 2010, implementing the EC Temporary Agency Workers Directive (2008/104/EC), have now passed through the UK Parliament, and should come into force in October 2011
This Insight provides the compilation of statutory cost in the UK in 2010...
This Insight provides the compilation of statutory cost in the UK in 2010, applicable to the assignment of temporary workers by temporary staffing companies. Data include the UK equivalent ... research publications / research / economic financial environment / we insight uk statutory costs ... WE Insight - UK Statutory Costs
The April Legs and Regs briefing produced in association with the Ius Laboris legal network covers important changes in Belgium, EU, France, Germany and the UK this month.
Germany - Planned Amendments of the German Part-time and Limited Term Contract Act (Teilzeit- Und Befristungsgesetz - Tzbfg)
UK - A Recent UK Case Has
The Equality Bill, the biggest overhaul of anti-discrimination law in UK for 35 years, was passed last week just before the dissolution of Parliament. Existing equal opportunities policies ...
The Equality Bill, the biggest overhaul of anti-discrimination law in UK for 35 years, was passed last week just before the dissolution of Parliament. The Bill will receive Royal Assent
will stagnate or grow very slight (+1%) in 2010 unless EU Directive 2008/104 is implemented in which case the market will start growing faster in H2 or Spain sees a banking collapse to rival the UK or Ireland
If you plan to employ someone, you need to make sure that they are entitled to work in the UK before they start working for you. You must make the necessary checks even if you are sure they have ... in the UK is on you to see and keep copies of the documents required).
In carrying out this process employers have a legal duty under current race relations legislation to avoid unlawful discrimination ... research publications / research / legal legislative regulatory environment / we briefing check the eligibility of your workers in the uk ... We Briefing - Check the eligibility of your workers in the UK
% . The UK gap is 21.4%, German 23.2%, France 19.2% and the Netherlands 23.6% (see below). The European Commission plans to use a series of measures aimed at significantly reducing this.
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be treated with a note of caution.
For those interested in general M&A activity in Europe Mergermarket's Intelligence highlights activity in the UK in Transport Media and Telecoms and in Germany and Eastern