Tags: Europe

Growth in european online recruitment at 2%, according to the monster employment index

July 2012 Index Highlights: The Monster Employment Index Europe demonstrates two percent growth year-over-year in July, relatively consistent with June’s one percent rise Germany continues to lead all regions at 13 percent growth, while Sweden remains flat The Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium and UK all report reduced demand in online recruitment activity year-over-year Environment, architecture,…

GMI figures show slow progress to gender diversity in the boardroom

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, companies across the globe are today still struggling to improve gender diversity at their top levels. The annual GMI Ratings 2012 Women on Boards survey, published today, has revealed that 10.5 per cent of boardroom seats worldwide are currently occupied by women, an increase of 0.7 percentage points…

“Age Diverse Workforce Vital” in European Year for Active Ageing

Denise Keating, CEO of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion comments on the Government’s announcement to award large cash lump sums to companies and charities when they find work for unemployed youths. “Whilst it’s incredibly important to help get young people into work “ and we fully applaud any initiatives that are going to…

Britain tops European charts with work-life balance priorities

· 73% of UK HR directors concerned about losing key staff · Remuneration and work-life balance cited as primary reasons UK employees look for new opportunities Britain is leading the way in Europe with regards to how employees view work-life priorities, according to new global research1 from Robert Half International. The research, which surveys executives…

European Commission must take pensions impact assessment seriously

Advice given to the European Commission by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) today marks another milestone for the development of Europe-wide solvency standards for pension schemes, according to Towers Watson. Dave Roberts, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, said: “Now that the European Commission has fulfilled the requirement to get advice from…

A third of CFOs are keeping higer cash reserves,rather than re-investing in the business

Four in 10 large UK businesses find it difficult to secure finance and credit Almost a third (31%) of UK Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are retaining higher cash reserves, rather than re-investing revenue back into the business or returning monies to investors, according to new research from Robert Half Management Resources, specialist in interim accounting…

The European Court of Justice has today struck down European legislation which permitted insurers to price risk by reference to data that distinguishes specifically between men and women. Michael Wainwright, partner at international law firm Eversheds comments: “This ruling seems to put European insurers at a disadvantage to other insurers, who will not be required…

Outsourcing key for struggling HR departments, expert claims

An expert has advised HR departments struggling to keep up with the additional demands imposed by the competitiveness of the UK jobs market to consider outsourcing some responsibilities elsewhere. Recruitment Society chairman Steve Huxham recommended taking pre-emptive action to avoid situations where organisations are likely to find themselves overstretched and stressed the importance of appropriate…

Plans to extend paid maternity leave to 20 weeks have been blocked by EU employment ministers, who deemed them impractical in the post-recession economic climate. The proposals, which were backed by a vote of the European parliament in October, were dismissed by a majority of the trading bloc's member states. Belgium – which currently holds…

Plans to extend paid maternity leave to 20 weeks have been met with dismay by business group the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which has expressed concern over the potential impact on companies. Employment ministers from across the EU met to discuss the amended pregnant workers directive on Monday (December 6th 2010) and the BCC…

British workers ‘most disaffected in Europe’

Britain’s workers are more disengaged than their counterparts elsewhere in western Europe, according to new research from global management consultancy firm the Hay Group. The poll found more than half of employees polled felt disaffected from their role and the organisation they worked for, while nearly one-quarter of staff were considered ineffective by bosses. “Disengaged…

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has suggested the proposed cap on non-European Union (EU) workers could prove detrimental to the UK's economy. Director of policy and professional services at the organisation Tom Hadley noted that it could cut off areas of the "global talent pool" if the country implements the restriction. "While we all…