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Greece — Unemployment rises to +12% in July 2010

15 October 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in July 2010 was 12% compared to 9.6% in July 2009 and 11.6% in June 2010. The number of employed amounted to 4,439,296 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 607,035 and...


Ireland — NFR elects Colin Donnery as new President

15 October 2010

The National Recruitment Federation (NRF) has announced the election of Colin Donnery as incoming President for 2011. The NRF is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and maintain codes of practice for the recruitment industry in Ireland. On taking up his post Donnery commented "this is a...


Ireland — 55% growth in jobs placements at Sigmar

15 October 2010

Irish Recruitment group Sigmar reports a significant growth in recruitment for Q3 2010. According to new figures published by the group, Q3 2010 represented a +55% increase in job placements on the same period last year, a +14.2% quarter-on-quarter growth compared to Q2 2010. This is the fourth c...


Europe — Business confidence low but on the up

14 October 2010

The latest Business Optimism Index, published by workplace solutions provider Regus, reveals that confidence levels in all Western European countries except Spain have seen a rise, accompanied by a net positive proportion of companies intending to employ more people in the coming months. Even in...


France — Temporary employment falls slightly m-o-m but is up by +21% y-o-y in August 2010

14 October 2010

The latest data published by the government's job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that temporary employment fell by -01-.1% or by -500 temporary employees to 614,000 in August 2010 when compared to the previous month. Year-on-year, temporary employment was up by +21% or by +106,600 individuals at...


Netherlands — USG People launches online marketplace for self-employed individuals

14 October 2010

USG People is launching a Dutch online marketplace for self-employed people with no staff. The IKKI freelance portal will connect self-employed individuals with customers who have interesting assignments. By making use of existing channels the online marketplace has got off to a flying start: www...


World — 64% of most important CEOs are not 'social' online

14 October 2010

A new survey published by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick found that the majority of CEOs from the world's largest companies (64%) are 'not social', i.e. they are not engaging online with external stakeholders. "Socialising Your CEO: From (Un)Social to Social" examines the publicly v...


Germany — GDP growth forecast at +3.5% in 2010, unemployment to fall below 3 million

14 October 2010

The latest joint economic diagnosis by Germany's leading economic research institutes (see below) forecasts a +3.5% growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the year 2010 and a +2% growth for the year 2011. The institutes therefore expect the labour market to improve further. The number of une...


Eastern Europe — Slovakian executives are the most optimistic in the region

14 October 2010

The results of the latest Business Sentiment Index from Deloitte Central Europe show that more and more executives in the Central European countries surveyed have slowly increasing positive expectations about the business prospects of their companies and economies. The survey indicates that diff...


UK — Manpower service providers will have new opportunities in future, says PwC

13 October 2010

According to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) entitled, "Sectoral and regional impact of the fiscal squeeze", published today, almost half a million private sector jobs could be lost as a result of the upcoming public sector spending cuts and private sector gross output could be reduc...