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Europe - Recovery stalls amid financial market crisis

16 September 2011

Economic growth in the European Union (EU) is slowing down. After growing strongly in the first quarter of 2011, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded less in the second quarter. GDP growth is now expected to remain subdued in the second half of the year, coming close to standstill at year-end, a...


Netherlands - Unemployment forecast to stabilise at 4.25%

16 September 2011

The Dutch economy is projected to grow by +1.5% during 2011 and by +1% during 2012, according to the Macro Economic Outlook 2012, published by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. The economic growth is largely attributable to exports.At this moderate rate of growth, unemployment...


UK - Financial services hiring activity falls to lowest point this year

16 September 2011

  The London financial services sector saw a continued slowdown in hiring in August 2011 as the Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor registered an -18% month-on-month drop in job opportunities from 4,977 to 4,095. Compared with August 2010, this was also a decline of -26% from 5,544 av...


Europe - Eurofound publishes Living and Working Yearbook

16 September 2011

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) has published its latest Yearbook on Living and working in Europe, which contains useful information on company practices, working conditions and quality of life. To download the Yearbook please click here 


France - Synergie's H1 profits up +35%, seeks acquisitions

15 September 2011

Revenues were up by +25.5% from 549.4 million Euro in H1 2010 to 689.4 million Euro in H1 2011 at Synergie SA (SDG:PAR), the staffing and training services group. In constant currency, revenues were up by +24.7%.Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011, published last night, reveal t...


UK - ReThink doubles PBT in H1 2011

15 September 2011

Revenues were up by +27% from 27 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 34.4 million Pounds in H1 2011 at ReThink Group Plc (RTG:LSE), the recruitment and technology services firm.Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that gross profit was up by +32% from 5.9 million Pounds in H1 201...


France - Bernard Julhiet buys majority in Selexens

15 September 2011

Bernard Julhiet Group, the HR and Human Capital consultancy firm has bought a majority shareholding in Selexens, the web-based recruitment pre-selection specialist, for an undisclosed sum.Alain Thibault, Chairman and CEO of Bernard Julhiet Group, commented "this will enable us to respond eve...


Belgium - Agency temporary hours up +5.5% y-o-y

15 September 2011

The number of hours worked by agency temporary employees was up by +5.5% in July 2011 compared with July 2010, according to the latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian agency temporary employment market published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).Compared with July 2010, t...


Europe - Employment rises in Q2 2011

15 September 2011

The number of persons employed increased by +0.3% in the Euro area (EA17) and by +0.2% in the entire European Union (EU27) in the second quarter of 2011 compared with the previous quarter, according to the latest data, published today, by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).In...


Spain - Adjusted labour cost up +1.6%

15 September 2011

The cost per hour worked increased by +1.1% in the second quarter of 2011 when compared with the same period of 2010, according to the latest Harmonised Labour Cost Index (HLCI), published by the National Institute for Statistics (INE).After adjustment for calendar and seasonal variations, the co...