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Spain – Unemployment estimated at 21.3% in Q1 2011

20 April 2011

Employment is estimated to have fallen by -210,000 individuals in the first quarter of 2011 to 18.19 million, according to the Spanish Labour Market Monitor published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett).Unemployment rose to 4.3 million individuals, a +120% increase c...


UK – REC welcomes crackdown on tax evasion and bad practices

20 April 2011

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced plans to double its quota of specialist officers cracking down on labour providers who fail to pay tax and evade current regulations. This is a positive development and follows the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) calls for b...


Eurozone – Job creation hits 3.5 year high

20 April 2011

The Flash Eurozone Composite Output Index published by research firm Markit, rose from 57.6 in March 2011 to 57.8 in April 2011. The latest reading signalled the second-strongest monthly increase in output since June 2007, falling just short of February's post-recession high but slightly above th...


Germany – Exports up +15% in 2010

20 April 2011

In 2010 Germany was in third place behind China and the US due to exchange rate factors, real goods exports rose by +15% in 2010After Germany yielded the title of world vice export champion last year to the US because of exchange rate factors, it should be able to regain second place this year, a...


France – Law to increase number of women directors

20 April 2011

The number of women company directors is expected to go up in France after its parliament passed a law in January 2011 setting quotas for the gender balance of company boards, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) reports. Within the next three years, 20% of a company's board membe...


Netherlands/Belgium – Image of secretaries completely outdated

20 April 2011

The image most people have of secretaries is outdated and incorrect according to new research carried out by staffing agency OfficeTeam (part of Robert Half) among 600 secretaries and managers in The Netherlands and Belgium.95% of secretaries believe that the image of the job is in urgent need of...


Netherlands – Agency employment up +10%

19 April 2011

In weeks 9 to 12 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +10% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew equally by +10%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Association of...


Poland – Temporary employment up +14% in 2010

19 April 2011

The number of temporary employees was up by +14% from 379,103 in 2009 to 433,102 in 2010 according to the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.The number of hirers using temporary employment agencies was up by +138 to 10,964 year-on-year in 2010. However, the nu...


UK – Day Webster acquires Care Providers and seeks further acquisitions

19 April 2011

Privately owned Day Webster Healthcare Group, the staffing agency specialising in agency nursing staff, has announced the acquisition of Care Providers (AD) Ltd, a nursing agency servicing both the NHS and private hospitals.Care Providers is accredited with both the Buying Solutions Nursing Frame...


Sweden – Job centres are failing the labour market

19 April 2011

58% of Swedish companies, which have tried to recruit over the last six months, have not bothered to contact the government's job centres (Arbetsförmedlingen), and either enlisted the services of a staffing agency or chose to go it alone, according to new research by the Confederation of Swedish...