Authors
Sean Nesbitt

Sean Nesbitt

Partner

Read More
Marc André Gimmy

Marc André Gimmy

Partner

Read More
Authors
Sean Nesbitt

Sean Nesbitt

Partner

Read More
Marc André Gimmy

Marc André Gimmy

Partner

Read More

27 January 2022

Work/Life – 16 of 61 Insights

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 47

Welcome to the latest edition of our international employment news update.

Europe's boardroom gender diversity revealed

The Gender Diversity Index tracks businesses' progress in appointing women to boards and supervisory boards of committees. Across all businesses in the 19 European countries surveyed last year, women made up 35 per cent of corporate board seats. Dutch boardroom gender diversity was just above the European average, with 37 per cent of directors and supervisors being women. The results come after a bill was passed in the Netherlands last year that established a quota on the number of women on supervisory boards in listed companies.

Four-day week pilot launched in several countries

Around 30 British companies are planning to take part in a 6-month pilot scheme where employees only work four days a week for the same pay. It is led by 4 Day Week Global and requires participants to work with at least 100 per cent productivity. Researchers will analyse productivity levels and the impact of the scheme on wellbeing, environment and gender equality. Similar schemes are also being launched in the US, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. The Scottish and Spanish governments have separately launched their own 4-day week pilot schemes.

'Vaccine pass' and fines introduced by French Parliament

From 24 January 2022, French people will need a 'vaccine pass' in order to access public transport and publics places including professional congresses. The bill implementing the vaccine pass also gives the French government the ability to fine companies that do not take appropriate measures to protect their employees against Covid-19. This includes adhering to the current government requirement that employees must work from home at least 3 / 4 days per week where their function allows it (though note that from 2 February 2022, this mandatory measure will become a recommendation only). Where employers are not taking measures and have received formal notice of this from a labour inspector, they may be ordered to pay a fine of up to €500 per employee with a total fine limit of €50,000.

England told to return to offices

Banks have taken the lead in asking their employees to return to the office following the English government's latest change in Covid-19 guidance. HSBC announced that staff would be welcome back in their offices with immediate effect and Citigroup have told their employees that they are 'expected to be in the office at least three days a week'. The change in government guidelines comes after a poll by recruitment firm Robert Walters identified that two-thirds of white-collar workers in the UK are apparently 'highly likely' to leave their role if they do not get more face-to-face time with their manager. The poll also revealed that almost two-thirds of professionals said they would reject a job offer if it required working from home full-time.

Unvaccinated staff and sick pay

As some UK companies announce they will no longer pay company sick pay rates to their unvaccinated employees if they are required to self-isolate for 10 days or test positive for Covid-19. Retailer John Lewis have said that its staff will continue to receive full sick pay regardless of vaccination status. The company's operations director said that 'we just don't believe it's right to create a link between a partner's vaccination status and the pay they receive' and 'with hopes rising that the pandemic phase of Covid may be coming to an end – we're confident that this is the right approach for us'.

Dutch supermarkets warn of empty shelves as more workers off sick

The number of people off work sick was ‘exceptionally’ high in the Netherlands in December 2021 with an absenteeism rate of 4.9%. The healthcare, education and construction sectors were the hardest hit and supermarkets have warned that customers will soon be faced with empty shelves because of staff absences. Covid-19 accounted for around one third of absences.

Survey reveals the best companies to work for in Germany

The annual employee satisfaction survey by Glassdoor, the employer review site, has revealed that German employees at technology companies have the highest satisfaction levels. Salesforce, the technology company, reported the highest level of employee satisfaction whilst Google sits in close second. A number of big German businesses such as Mercedes, Porsche and SAP are ranked in the top 10. Procter & Gamble and Boehringer Ingelheim were newcomers to the top 25 in this year's results. The survey used an algorithm which evaluated employees' reviews from October 2020 to October 2021 and analysed several things including overall company rating, work-life balance, and compensation and benefits.

HR managers, technicians and IT specialists in demand in the Netherlands

As labour shortages continue to pose problems in the Netherlands due to strong economic growth and an aging population, HR managers, IT specialists, landscapers, installation workers and technicians are in high demand according to a survey conducted by the employment agency Randstad. There is also a significant need for teachers, psychologists, delivery staff and customer service employees. Randstad expects more people to move jobs this year as a result of the continuing labour shortages.

In this series

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

3 November 2022

by Multiple authors

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

21 October 2022

by Multiple authors

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

10 October 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

22 September 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

8 September 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

16 June 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

1 June 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

19 May 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

5 May 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

7 April 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

7 April 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

24 March 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

10 March 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

24 February 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

10 February 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

27 January 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

13 January 2022

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

16 December 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

2 December 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

19 November 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

4 November 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

20 October 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

7 October 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 39

24 September 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

9 September 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

12 August 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

15 July 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 34

1 July 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 33

17 June 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 32

3 June 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 31

20 May 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 30

5 May 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 29

22 April 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 28

8 April 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 27

25 March 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 26

10 March 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 25

24 February 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 24

11 February 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 23

27 January 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 22

14 January 2021

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 21

17 December 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 20

3 December 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 19

19 November 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 18

4 November 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 17

23 October 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 16

8 October 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 15

24 September 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 14

10 September 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 13

6 August 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment law update

Issue 12

16 July 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 11

25 June 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 10

11 June 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 9

28 May 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 8

14 May 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 7

30 April 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 5

25 March 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment law update

Issue 4

12 May 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 3

27 January 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 2

13 February 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

Issue 1

27 February 2020

by Sean Nesbitt, Marc André Gimmy

Call To Action Arrow Image

Latest insights in your inbox

Subscribe to newsletters on topics relevant to you.

Subscribe
Subscribe

Related Insights

People crossing open space
Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

17 November 2022

by multiple authors

Click here to find out more
People crossing open space
Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

3 November 2022

by multiple authors

Click here to find out more
People crossing open space
Employment, pensions & mobility

Work/Life: international employment news update

21 October 2022

by multiple authors

Click here to find out more