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Spain - Agett calls labour legislation a disgrace as unemployment rises again

5 September 2011

Unemployment was up by +4.06% or up by +161,266 individuals to 4,130,927 in August 2011 when compared with August 2010, according to the latest data published by the Ministry of Employment (Ministerio de Trabajo).Month-on-month, unemployment was up by +1.21% or up by +51,185 individuals in August...


Switzerland - Employment rises and so does skills shortage

5 September 2011

Full-time employment was up by +1.1% or up by +30,000 individuals to 2.767 million in Q2 2011 when compared with Q2 2010, according to the latest data published by the Federal Office of Statistics (OFS).The increase in employment was evenly spread across industry and the services sector, which bo...


Eurozone - Growth at two-year low in August

5 September 2011

The growth slowdown in the Eurozone private sector economy continued in August. At a two-year low of 50.7, down from 51.1 in July, the Final Eurozone Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) Composite Output Index, published by research firm Markit, signalled the second-weakest rate of expansion since the...


France - GMW is latest Synergie acquisition

2 September 2011

Synergie SA (SDG:PAR), the staffing and training services group, has announced the 100% acquisition of GMW, the regional staffing agency group based in the highly prosperous south-western German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.Headquartered in Karlsruhe, GMW was founded in 1977 and has 16 offi...


Ireland - Minister plans 'last minute' derogation from AWD

2 September 2011

The Minister for Enterprise and Jobs, Richard Bruton, has told trade unions and employer leaders in a confidential letter leaked to The Irish Times newspaper, that he intends to seek Cabinet approval for an effective derogation from the European Union Directive on agency temporary work (AWD), whi...


World - Part-time work seen as a bad career move

2 September 2011

Does part-time work impact career opportunities? Yes, almost half ofemployees (46%) believes working part-time is a bad career move, according to the latest quarterly Workmonitor, surveying employees in 29 countries around the world, published by staffing agency Randstad.Overall there is a signif...


Europe - Germany and Eastern Europe drive online recruitment growth

2 September 2011

The number of jobs advertised on job boards and other websites was up by +21% in August 2011 when compared with August 2010, according to the latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published by job board Monster Worldwide.Germany continues to drive the highest growth across the European Union...


France - Unemployment falls slightly in Q2 2011

2 September 2011

The average unemployment rate in France, excluding the overseas dominions, was down by -0.2 percentage points in Q2 2011 to 9.1% or down to 2.6 million individuals when compared with Q2 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INS...


Italy - Wages up +1.8% y-o-y in H1 2011

2 September 2011

During the period January to July 2011 the hourly wage index and the per employee index increased by +1.8% compared with the same period of the previous year, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (Istat).In July 2011 both the hourly wage index and the pe...


UK - Hays sees strong international growth tempered by lacklustre UK

1 September 2011

In its results announced this morning for the year ended June 2011, revenues were up by +21% from 557.7 million Pounds in 2010 to 672.1 million Pounds in 2011 at Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the second largest staffing agency in the UK. On a like-for-like basis (LFL) revenues were up by +18%.Operating pro...