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Netherlands – Westerduin Group acquires Ad hoc Teacher

19 June 2019

The Westerduin Group, a Netherlands HR firm, announced that it acquired Ad hoc Teacher (adhocdocent), an education recruitment firm also based in the Netherlands.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ad hoc Teacher has been active as a service provider in the education sector since...

UK – SMEs more prepared to make recruitment decisions than larger businesses: The Adecco Group

19 June 2019

A third, or 34%, of small medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK think they have enough information to make recruitment decisions after the UK leaves the European Union, according to a tracker from the Adecco Group UK & Ireland.

Adecco Group’s UK&I's ‘Spring 2019 Brexit Tracker’ found discrepancies...

France – Government reveals labour market reforms (France24)

19 June 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron's government yesterday unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, reports France 24. The jobless benefits reforms are part of an overhaul of France's labour market that aims to boost the nation's economy. However, trade unions have...

UK – Interserve Chairman to step down (Sky News)

19 June 2019

Sky News reports Interserve chairman Glyn Barker is preparing to step down following a deal that saw the outsourcing firm taken over by a consortium of its lenders. The company, which entered administration in March 2019, is now working with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to find a successor....

World – Tech Roundup: Zego, Slatecube

19 June 2019

Zego, a London-based startup that offers insurance to gig economy workers such as those in Deliveroo and Uber, has raised $42 million in funding. The funds will be used for Zego’s expansion across Europe and to increase its workforce from 75 to 150. According to TechCrunch, the latest Series B investment...

Europe – European Council adopts new directive for more predictable and transparent work

18 June 2019

The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation establishing a European Labour Authority with the aim of making working conditions across the EU more transparent and predictable.

The new law introduces new minimum rights, as well as new rules on the information to be provided to workers about...

UK – CIOs predict up to 1 in 5 jobs to be replaced by robots within 5 years: Harvey Nash

18 June 2019

CIOs in the UK to expect that up to 1 in 5 jobs will be replaced by AI and automation within five years, according to a survey from Harvey Nash and professional service firm KPMG.

It comes as IT departments are being tasked to use AI to improve efficiencies. Harvey Nash also states that this trend is...

UK – Foreign candidates losing interest in financial sector over Brexit concerns (City A.M)

18 June 2019

Interest in UK banking jobs from foreign candidates has dropped by 12% since 2015, with Brexit seen as largely to blame for the falling interest, reports City A.M. citing data from jobs site Indeed. Interest in UK financial jobs fell most sharply among candidates from Europe at the end of 2015, however...

Netherlands – 9% of workers want to work more, but 7% would like to work less (DutchNews)

18 June 2019

Approximately 9% of workers in the Netherlands would like to work more, while 7% would like to cut their hours, reports DutchNews.nl citing data from Statistics Netherlands. It was found that women who work full time in particular would like to work less. Of those who work 36 hours or more, 14% of women...

UK – Staffline takes £32.6 million hit over minimum wage failure

17 June 2019

Staffline, the UK-based staffing and employability organisation provided a trading update today. The company said non-recurring exceptional charges for 2018 totalled to £32.6 million in relation to errors in historic compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations.

The company added that it will...