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Boom in job ads after rules favouring Swiss-based workers launched

New Swiss labour rules introduced last year in a bid to give Swiss-based workers in certain industries preference over workers from other parts of the EU have led to a much higher than expected number of job ads. Under the rules that came into force in July 2018, Swiss employers …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.ch/20190814/boom-in-job-ads-after-rules-favouring-swiss-based-workers-launched

Swedish unemployment rate rises for first time in two years

Sweden’s unemployment rate rose during July after a long period of falling steadily, and is expected to further increase over the next few months. At the end of July, a total of 344,000 people were classed as being unemployed in Sweden, according to new figures from the Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen). …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190813/swedish-unemployment-rate-rises-for-first-time-in-two-years

Working in Germany: The three tricks to impressing managers

What is it that makes employees in Germany stand out from the rest? According to our jobs expert Chris Pyak, there are a few key traits. I must have “talked shop” with several thousand managers in Germany by now. One question that I love posing to employers is: “When you …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190812/how-to-impress-managers-in-germany-be-loyal-and-take-action

The new trend that helps freelancers in France save money and make friends

A new trend of is emerging across France of co-homing – where people who work from home open up their apartments to other freelancers to come and work for the day. Cheaper than hiring a co-working space, co-homing also has environmental benefits as well as social – giving people the social …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.fr/20190808/the-new-trend-that-helps-freelancers-in-france-save-money-and-make-friends

Refugees integrating ‘faster than expected’ into Germany’s labour market

According to experts, the integration of refugees into the workforce in Germany is progressing quickly. The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) has revealed that around 400,000 refugees have jobs in Germany – something which researcher Herbert Brücker, of the IAB, says has exceeded expectations. As part of the research, Brücker …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190806/refugees-are-integrating-faster-than-expected-into-germanys-labour-market

Car market slowdown ‘threatens jobs’ at Germany’s Bosch

A global car market expected to slow this year and the continuing aftershocks of a sector-wide diesel cheating scandal will hit jobs at Germany-based Bosch, the world’s biggest component supplier. “Of course, we have to react to falling demand,” chief executive Volkmar Denner told Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday when asked about …read more […]

The Local’s guide: Should you join a union as a foreigner in Sweden?

For many international workers in Sweden, joining a trade union might not be something that crosses your mind, especially if it’s not common in your home country. Here are the benefits and key things to bear in mind when considering joining. Sweden has one of the world’s most unionized workforces, …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190807/should-you-join-a-union-in-sweden-the-locals-guide-to-whats-in-it-for-you

Explained: Who are the foreign workers coming to Germany?

A new infographic breaks down which types of foreign workers – from low to high skilled – come to the Bundesrepublik, and where they stand in an EU wide comparison. The interactive infographic (available here), produced by Swiss-based employment provider Accurity GmbH, breaks down the numbers of high, …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190805/explained-how-to-work-in-germany-with-low-medium-or-high-qualifications

Here’s where employees earn the most (and least) in Germany

There are still large regional differences in the salaries of employees across Germany – especially between the east and west, new figures show. The 60 districts and cities in Germany where people earn the least are all located in the east of the country. That’s according to data from the Federal …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190806/heres-where-employees-earn-the-most-and-the-least-in-germany

Germany’s no-deal Brexit residency law leaves ‘many questions unanswered’

Campaigners say there is still uncertainty over the rights of British people in Germany – even though the German government has proposed a ‘no-deal Brexit residency law’. Matt Bristow from British in Germany (BiG) told The Local that the group welcomed the “step forward” by the German government to bring in …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190802/germanys-no-deal-brexit-residency-law-leaves-many-questions-unanswered

No-deal Brexit ‘would mean 70,410 job losses in Spain’: study

A no-deal Brexit would cause the loss of 1.2 million jobs across Europe, including 70,410 in Spain, according to a newly-released study by Belgium’s Leuven University. The impact study, commissioned by the Belgian government, showed that the UK leaving the EU without an agreement would cause major job losses in …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.es/20190802/no-deal-brexit-would-mean-70410-job-losses-in-spain-study

‘I started in Sweden from zero, and it’s not easy’

MY SWEDISH CAREER: When Issam Kseibi arrived in Sweden after a difficult journey from Syria, finding a route into the job market proved more challenging than he had expected. But four years later, he’s working for one of Sweden’s biggest companies. “I left because there was war in my country, and …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190730/i-started-in-sweden-from-zero-and-its-not-easy

How to get hired in Germany when your qualifications aren’t recognized

How can you convince an employer of your worth when a fancy degree or certificate doesn’t mean anything anymore? KFZ, u.U., bzw., mfG, WTF? We Germans have a thing for abbreviations. We even have a name for it: Abkürzungsfimmel, or rather: Aküfi. We also use abbreviations in our professional life. We hear …read more Source:: […]

‘Employees have a right to work from home’: Calls for German heatwave action plan

The mercury is rising and experts believe extreme temperatures will become more frequent in future. How should the country deal with it? As record-breaking temperatures take hold, people in Germany are trying to get through the uncomfortable weather. But one political party says the country should be better prepared for heatwaves …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190725/employees-have-a-right-to-work-from-home-demand-for-german-heatwave-action-plan

Is it ever legally too hot to go to work or school in Germany?

As temperatures climb across Germany, we looked at whether it can ever be too hot to work or go to school. Here’s what you need to know. With temperatures upwards of 40C expected in some parts of Germany this week, the heatwave is in full swing. Forecasters say the mercury is …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190724/is-it-ever-legally-too-hot-to-work-or-go-to-school-in-germany