Recruitment agency profits remain sky high

Swedish recruitment agency Proffice's profits skyrocketed to 63 million kronor ($9.9million) before tax for the year's second quarter, despite the country's economic slowdown.

The 63 million kronor profit is a significant increase on Proffice’s 24 million kronor profit for the same period last year. Proffice’s turnover grew from 938 million kronor to 1.1 billion kronor in a year.

Lars Wahlström, CEO of Proffice, told Dagens Industri newspaper that there continues to be a healthy demand for hiring in staff.

However, he believes the profits are as much due to Proffice’s own hard work.

“We have invested in recruitment and into increasing client visits by 54 percent. For this quarter we made 42,000 client visits”, he said.

According to Wahlström, the uncertain economy is actually positive for his business.

“What we have noticed is that many clients let go of their staff but still want to hire in people. They want the flexibility.”

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.