When I was approached if I would like to support the newly opened Skillfinder GmbH as Sales and General Manager in Germany, it was a very easy decision for me to make.
Working within the international recruitment market, Skillfinder International was a name I was aware of as a strong contender in the highly competitive recruitment market.
I was always impressed by the speed they were able to fill projects and positions with exceptional candidates, without having a presence in Germany. The culture that has been created by the Directors, Darren Hall and Grant Brümmer, is one in which employees as well as clients are extremely happy and satisfied with. Clients can expect consistent niche recruitment, that is constantly evolving and improving. Both entrepreneurs are actively involved in the daily operations of the business and can make fast, effective and necessary adjustments to the business....READ MORE
I have over 30 years experience in consulting and recruitment within the German market. I specialise in the Banking in FinTech sector.
Banking - Fintech - Germany
The new law on the “Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz” (AUG) or “Temporary Employment Act” is intended to curb the excesses oftemporary work. It came in to place on the 1st of April, 2017. What is it, what changes for temporary workers and what are theconsequences? Temporary work is an integral part of the German labour market and over the years, the subject of intense political debates. The Federal Labour Minister Andrea Nahles, did not want to accept the current temporary labour laws any longer: "that work is depreciated bymisuse of temporary work and work contracts". This is how things currently stand:· Leiharbeiter i.e. someone who is working at the end client, but being employed through a third party. Generally these individuals work in poorer conditions than their permanent counterparts.· The temporary work agency is charging the end client a fee for providing the candidate. There are currently over 10,000 temporary agencies in Germany· The end client can book as many temporary workers as needed. As such, they can keep a small permanent workforce without risking any long contracts or legal obligations.What has changed:1. Maximum work periodTemporary workers may only work with the same entity for up to 18 months in succession. This is to prevent a temporary worker working full-time formany years with fewer benefits than a permanent employee. However, they may be employed for more than 18 months if the activity is interrupted for at least three months not including sick leave & vacation. As it stands leave periods before the 1st of April 2017 are not taken into account. An infringement can therefore be presented for the first time as of October 1, 2018. 2. Equal PayThe new regulation stipulates that a temporary worker must earn just as much as his permanent counterpart after nine months. Exceptions can be made if:· Consignors and borrowers have bound themselves to a collective agreement. · In the case of a three-month discontinuation of work 3. “Strikebreakers”Temporary staff working via a third party company are no longer allowed to continue working whilst employees are on strike.· Exceptions can be made if the freelancer undertakes a job which the employees on strike have not started.4. “Parachute solution”As it stands, if a freelancer is working through an agency for a client, should he decide to become a permanent employee, the agencies and the clientcan form an agreement to easily make this transition.Due to the new AUG law, this is no longer possible as Freelancers and Permanent employees must be clearly defined as separate. 5. “Rental Chain”Temporary workers may no longer “borrow” personnel from a third party in order to meet the needs of a customer. Sources:6. https://www.haufe.de/personal/arbeitsrecht/bundestag-beschliesst-gesetzentwurf-zu-leiharbeit_76_382250.html7. http://www.bmas.de/DE/Presse/Pressemitteilungen/2016/pk-leiharbeit-werkvertraege.html8. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Arbeitnehmer%C3%BCberlassungsgesetzt+Hintergrund&rlz=1C1PRFC_enGB733GB733&oq=Arbeitnehmer%C3%BCberlassungsgesetzt+Hintergrund&aqs=chrome..69i57.8916j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=Arbeitnehmer%C3%BCberlassungsgesetz+Hintergrund9. http://karrierebibel.de/arbeitnehmerueberlassungsgesetz/10. http://www.contractoruk.com/overseas_guides/what_changes_germanys_aug_licence_mean_contractors.html11. https://www.robertwalters.de/karriere-tipps/brexit-verstaerkt-recruiting-in-frankfurt.html