Do you remember Randstads profit warning in July this year? You should. Share prices in Randstad (RAND), Michael Page (MPI), Hays (HAS) and SThree (STHR) have fallen since then by around 30-50%, from year highs to near year lows now.

Michael Nelson, CFO of SThreeInteresting then that yesterday the CFO of SThree, Nelson, dips his toe in the water and picks up £102k of stock, increasing his holding by a third. Even more interesting is that the company are due to announce a trading update on November 30th.

Nelson sold about 14000 shares at 372p in November last year. Looking back to April this year it is also curious to see three senior managers (CEO, CFO and MD) at Michael Page take out £700k to £800k each by selling down their positions, over and above the stock they sold as a result of options exercise, within 7% of the all time high for MPI.