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UK – Immigration for work at lowest level since 2013; REC cites need for post-Brexit strategy

22 August 2019

Work-related immigration to the UK reached its lowest level since 2013, according to a report Thursday from the Office of National Statistics. And the Recruitment and Employment Confederation warned the numbers point to the need for a post-Brexit strategy for EU citizens in the UK as the lack of clarity...

UK – Government releases guidelines for intermediaries on IR35 off-payroll working rules

22 August 2019

Guidelines covering “off-payroll working rules,” or IR35, and what it means for intermediary companies was released Thursday by HM Revenue and Customs.

IR35 is defined in Staffing Industry Analysts’ Lexicon as:

“UK intermediaries legislation designed to tax “disguised employment” at a rate...

Netherlands – Report says workers in flexible employment relationships earn 48% less per hour

22 August 2019

Employees with flexible employment relationships earn on average 48% less per hour than employees with a permanent employment relationship, Statistics Netherlands reported.

It also found those with flexible work arrangements were younger and less educated than traditionally employed workers. And when...

Ireland – Number of agency workers falls by 11% in Q1

22 August 2019

The number of agency workers in Ireland fell by 11.0% year over year in the first quarter, according to a report by Ireland’s Central Statistics Office.

In the first quarter, there were 50,400 agency workers compared to the first quarter of 2018 when there were 56,600 agency workers.

Overall, 2.6% of...

UK – Employers still interested in IT skills, but job ads fall

22 August 2019

UK employers remain interested in hiring software developers and programmers as well as other professionals with IT skills, according to an analysis by CompTIA, a trade association for the global technology industry.

However, the number of IT job postings in the second quarter fell 13% from the first...

Belgium – Adecco says data of Belgian staff affected by Suprema leak

22 August 2019

The Adecco Group told Belgium’s privacy regulator that the breach of a security platform run by South Korea’s Suprema ID Inc. compromised the biometric data of some 2,000 employees of its Belgian unit, according to Bloomberg.

The breach of Suprema’s BioStar 2 system affected...

UK – Agency workers to be recruited for border checks in the event of “no deal”

22 August 2019

Agency workers will take over tasks from Border Force guards for the first time in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Guardian says.

It comes as the government said it will recruit up to 1,000 Border Force officers to deal with expected delays if Boris Johnson fails to strike a deal with EU leaders by...

UK – More than a third of permanent workers want flexibility

22 August 2019

More than a third of Britons in full-time work are currently looking for a more flexible job, research suggests.

In a survey of 2,000 Brits, 71% told price comparison website KnowYourMoney that flexible working – in terms of both the hours and location they work – is important to them when...

UK – Retailers starting to hire seasonal workers for Christmas earlier than usual

22 August 2019

Despite the fact that the last Bank Holiday of the year is still ahead, recruiters are already hiring for Christmas part-timers, according to recruitment website Indeed.

Indeed has said many firms will be on the hunt for seasonal workers a month earlier this year.

In fact, according to The Mirror prestigious...

UK – NHS biggest IT recruiter, ahead of Amazon

22 August 2019

The NHS and Amazon have been counted among the most active IT job recruiters for 2019, with the majority of listings asking for software development or core IT skills.

Figures released on Wednesday showed that of the 140,000 IT job listings posted during the second quarter of 2019, 50,329 of these were...