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Italy - Agency employment up +24% y-o-y

2 August 2011

The seasonally adjusted sum of wages paid to agency temporary employees was up by +24% in June 2011 compared with June 2010, according to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).Month-on-month, the...


UK - Employers still confused about AWR

2 August 2011

Many employers are still confused about the implications for their business of the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), despite there being only two months to go to get adequate compliance processes in place, reveals new research from staffing agency Adecco. The survey of nearly 500 HR p...


Germany - Monthly earnings up +1.5% y-o-y

2 August 2011

Total monthly earnings, which were negotiated via collective bargaining agreements between employers and unions, have risen by +1.5% between April 2010 and April 2011, according to the latest analysis by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis).This indicates a trend reversal for negotiated earni...


Spain - Unemployment up y-o-y but down for fourth consecutive month

2 August 2011

Unemployment was up by +4.38% or up by +171,164 individuals to 4,079,742 in July 2011 when compared with July 2010, according to the latest data published today by the Ministry of Employment (Ministerio de Trabajo).Month-on-month, unemployment was down by -1% or down by -42,059 individuals in Jul...


Eurozone - Manufacturing moves closer to stagnation

2 August 2011

The Eurozone manufacturing recovery lost further momentum in July. The final Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) published by research firm Markit fell to 50.4, below June's 52.0 and the weakest reading since the recovery began in October 2009. The level of the headline PMI was...


UK - Allied Healthcare to be acquired by Saga

1 August 2011

Allied Healthcare International Inc. (AHCI:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of temporary staffing services to the health care and social care industries in the UK and Ireland, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Saga Group Limited for $3.90 per share, which...


Europe - Unemployment falls y-o-y

1 August 2011

The Euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in June 2011, unchanged compared with May 2011. It was 10.2% in June 2010. The entire European Union (EU27) unemployment rate was 9.4% in June 2011, unchanged compared with May 2011. It was 9.7% in June 2010, according to the lat...


UK - Job demand up +20% y-o-y

1 August 2011

New job demand dropped back across a range of job sectors, including accountancy, financial services and customer service, while banking jobs continued their five month decline from February's high point.  Demand for new public sector staff remained flat, close to half its level when the Ind...


Germany - Growth increasingly driven by domestic consumption

1 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to have grown by +0.4% during the second quarter of 2011 and is forecast to grow by +0.5% during the third quarter of 2011, according to the latest research by the German Economic Institute (DIW).DIW Economist, Simon Junker, commented "positive signa...


UK - Economy forecast to pick up modestly in 2012

1 August 2011

The UK economy will continue to grow, but at a sluggish rate in 2011 and pick up modestly in 2012, according to the latest Economic Forecast published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).Despite the squeeze on household incomes from higher commodity prices and an erosion of business co...