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Europe - Strong German labour cost increase halted for now

9 December 2011

Compared with the third quarter of 2010, labour costs increased a calendar adjusted +2.9% in the third quarter of 2011, according to the latest statistics, published today, by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

Compared with the second quarter of 2011, a seasonally and calendar adjusted decline...

Europe - One in three foreign-born persons overqualified for their jobs

9 December 2011

Over the years, migration has had an impact on the composition of European societies. In 2010, foreign-born persons accounted for 9.4% of the EU27 population. Their socio-economic situation was in general less favourable than for native-born persons, according to the latest data by the Statistical Office...

UK - Employers urged not to cancel Christmas party

9 December 2011

As previously reported by Staffing Industry Analysts, millions of businesses are ditching the traditional Christmas party in a bid to cut costs, according to new research among 2,532 business managers, commissioned by table7.com, the online booking service provider. 40% are planning to do away with the...

France - Crédit Agricole sells Sponsorless stake in Proman

8 December 2011

Crédit Agricole Private Equity is selling its minority stake in Proman, France's seventh-largest temporary employment company in our List of Largest Staffing Agencies in France (published in August 2010), to its family shareholders as part of a sponsorless Owner-Buy-Out (OBO).

Founded in 1990...

France - Agency employment growth slows to +3.5% y-o-y

8 December 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +3.5% or up by +20,100 individuals to 587,500 in Q3 202011 when compared with Q3 2010, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE).

Quarter-on-quarter, agency temporary employment fell by -2.7% or by -16,000 individuals in Q3 202011...

UK - 58% of employers don't integrate their temporary staff

8 December 2011

Research released today by the Adecco Group's Unlocking Britain's Potential initiative, reveals that 58% of companies don't integrate their temporary staff into their organisations, leaving them feeling de-motivated and disengaged in their jobs.

The valuable contribution that temporary workers make to...

Netherlands - Unemployed more likely to find flexible jobs

8 December 2011

Slightly fewer employees became unemployed in the third quarter of 202011 than in the same quarter last year. On the other hand, fewer unemployed people found a job. Those who did were more likely to find a job with a flexible contract (via staffing agencies or directly with the final employer) than...

Germany - Cabinet votes for EU Blue Card immigration simplification

8 December 2011

More than two years after the European Union (EU) Directive on immigration of workers from non-EU countries was published, Germany has now finally decided to introduce the so-called 'Blue Card EU', which is aimed at facilitating the immigration of highly qualified workers.

Chancellor Merkel's cabinet...

UK - Managers work the longest hours but don’t get paid for it

8 December 2011

Managers and senior officials work the longest total hours of any major occupational group, but much of it is unpaid overtime, a new report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on hours worked has shown.

By comparing data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), which looks at paid...

Ireland - Bonus payments for 2011/12 expected to be modest

8 December 2011

In November 2011, Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) carried out a Bonus Expectations Survey with 584 senior-level operational and HR managers across Ireland to find out their views on forthcoming year-end bonuses. The results showed that almost a third (29%) of professional employers in Ireland...