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The global issue of maternity leave

The global issue of maternity leave
Provision of leave when parents have a child is an important issue in the world of work - and not just for women, but also men.The legal aspect of this changes around the world. For example, the UK is a particularly interesting case at the moment ...
Posted: 31 March 2014 12:12:41
Filed under: Europe, North America
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Mumsnet: UK workers need to be able to balance their lives

Mumsnet: UK workers need to be able to balance their lives
One of the main reasons why many UK staff leave the labor force is down to the fact that too few are able to gain an appropriate balance between work and life.This was the opinion of co-founder of Mumsnet Carrie Longton, speaking in an interview ...
Posted: 10 February 2014 12:43:54
Filed under: Europe
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UK employers encouraged to train young job seekers

UK employers encouraged to train young job seekers
Employers in the UK have been advised to train young jobseekers to fulfill roles rather than seeking more qualified talent, which, it is argued, could help to boost staff retention.This is according to head of early careers ...
Posted: 24 January 2014 14:55:54
Filed under: Europe
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France: Which industries will create the most jobs in 2014?

France: Which industries will create the most jobs in 2014?
After a modest rebound in 2013, hiring is expected to accelerate in several industries. Which ones are the most promising?From October to mid-December 2013, a rebound in hiring has been observed, thanks to a pick-up in activity. This could be a good ...
Posted: 24 January 2014 14:04:34
Filed under: Europe
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Luxembourg businesses lament compulsory wage indexation

Luxembourg businesses lament compulsory wage indexation
Business leaders in Luxembourg are unhappy with the current compulsory indexation of employees’ wages and social security contributions to the cost of living. They believe that tying remuneration packages to the consumer price index is ...
Posted: 20 January 2014 14:27:28
Filed under: Europe, Labor market legislation
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How Turkey might be succeeding in polishing up employees’ financial skills

How Turkey might be succeeding in polishing up employees’ financial skills
The Turkish government’s effort to improve financial awareness among its students could be paying off. In the recent Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Program for International Student Assessments (PISA), ...
Posted: 17 January 2014 15:12:34
Filed under: Europe
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UK raises fines for flouting minimum wage

UK raises fines for flouting minimum wage
Employers in the UK who fail to pay staff the minimum wage will risk fines of up to £20,000 from the start of next month.Business secretary Vince Cable announced the changes on Wednesday January 15th, stating that the fine would be applicable ...
Posted: 16 January 2014 13:28:07
Filed under: Europe, Labor market legislation
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Italy’s latest labor market reform proposal is tipped to be viable

Italy’s latest labor market reform proposal is tipped to be viable
Italian leaders are considering drastically overhauling the country’s welfare system to increase the chances of the younger generation to find employment. Secretary of the Labour Party, Matteo Renzi‘s labor market reform proposal intends ...
Posted: 15 January 2014 14:39:13
Filed under: Europe, Labor market legislation
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Employment Institute in Slovakia proposes plan to tackle long term unemployment

Employment Institute in Slovakia proposes plan to tackle long term unemployment
Inštitút zamestnanosti, the Employment Institute of Slovakia, has proposed a plan tackling long term unemployment which entails the government-led creation of a middle-market comprising of public procurement projects employing ...
Posted: 13 January 2014 15:30:03
Filed under: Europe, Labor migration
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French businesses to hire more executives in 2014

French businesses to hire more executives in 2014
2013 was a really bad year for managers’ employment: hiring fell seven per cent to less than 167,000. However, 2014 seems to be presenting better prospects. APEC (the French association of workers in management positions) is ...
Posted: 13 January 2014 13:11:05
Filed under: Europe
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Out of office internet use could harm mental health

Out of office internet use could harm mental health
Although some of the most successful staff log onto the internet when they get home to continue working, a new study shows that this could lead to compulsive internet use and put their mental health at risk.Researchers from Henley School of Business ...
Posted: 10 January 2014 14:23:23
Filed under: Europe
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Dutch labor population will have to fight for work until at least 2023

Dutch labor population will have to fight for work until at least 2023
The Dutch labor market will remain a buyer’s market until at least 2023 due to a strong growth of the labor force. According to calculations by economists at ABN AMRO, the labor force in the Netherlands will near-triple from 245,000 to 620,000 ...
Posted: 08 January 2014 13:18:47
Filed under: Europe, HR recruitment
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Labour govt will stop firms paying foreign workers less in UK

Labour govt will stop firms paying foreign workers less in UK
The leader of the Labour party in the UK Ed Miliband has pledged to stop businesses from paying lower wages to agency staff than permanent employees.In an article from the Independent on Sunday, the party leader said that if he were to get ...
Posted: 06 January 2014 14:12:52
Filed under: Europe, Labor market legislation
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December monthly round-up

December monthly round-up
Welcome to this round-up of the month's recruitment and employment news. Below are some of the biggest stories that have got us talking this month.Skills gap putting financial firms at riskSix out of ten respondents to a survey by the Economist ...
Posted: 27 December 2013 16:29:44
Filed under: Europe, Global Employment
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UK unemployment rate shows improvement

UK unemployment rate shows improvement
Employment in the UK is showing signs of improvement following the publication of new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The government department announced that the current unemployment rate in the UK is at 7.4 per cent, ...
Posted: 23 December 2013 13:52:03
Filed under: Europe
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Switzerland's temporary foreign workers deserve more attention

Switzerland's temporary foreign workers deserve more attention
Workers entering Switzerland to work temporarily deserve more attention, according to a study mandated by the Federal Commission for Migration (CFM).Around five per cent of the Swiss labor force comprises of temporary workers.Little was known of ...
Posted: 23 December 2013 12:28:45
Filed under: Europe
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Education makes a big difference in Dutch employment market

Education makes a big difference in Dutch employment market
Unemployment among Dutch people with low qualifications has risen more dramatically than joblessness among their peers with intermediate or higher qualifications, according to a new report by the Dutch Statistics Office, the Centraal Bureau voor de ...
Posted: 19 December 2013 12:42:05
Filed under: Europe
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Nearly half of all young Italians seek foreign career

Nearly half of all young Italians seek foreign career
Almost half of all youthful Italians wish to move abroad to start a serious career and an equal number is in a job for which they did not train. Those are the findings of a recent report by the Cariplo Foundation, a philanthropic organization, and ...
Posted: 19 December 2013 12:32:06
Filed under: Europe
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Germany: anonymous job applications 'benefit companies'

Germany: anonymous job applications 'benefit companies'
The German Anti-Discrimination Agency has started a pilot project trialling the merits of anonymous job application procedures. The project aims to improve the chances of people who miss out on jobs due to a variety of prejudices by employers. ...
Posted: 17 December 2013 13:16:02
Filed under: Europe
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Report on women’s employment calls for a fiscal reform to encourage participation

Report on women’s employment calls for a fiscal reform to encourage participation
A report delivered to the minister for women’s rights, Najat Belkacem-Vallaud, by economist Séverine Lemière, shows that the French taxation system discourages female labor and calls for an individualization of income ...
Posted: 13 December 2013 13:50:49
Filed under: Europe
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