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UK – Employer demand for quality apprenticeships needs to be raised, says CIPD

7 April 2011

Nearly half of employers (45%) have not employed apprentices in the last three years, with two thirds (68%) of these saying that they consider apprenticeships inappropriate for their organisation. This is one of the main findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD)...


UK – Robert Walters' gross profit up by +23%

6 April 2011

Group gross profit (net fee income) was up by +23% from 32.6 million Pounds in Q1 2010 to 40.1 million Pounds in Q1 2011 at staffing group Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE). In constant currency, group gross profit was up by +21%.Today's interim management statement for the first quarter ended 31 Marc...


Europe – Staffing agency sector up +25.2% y-o-y

6 April 2011

The staffing agency work sector in Europe grew by +25.2% in January 2011 compared with the same period in 2010, according to the latest Agency Work Business Indicator published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett).This marks the tenth consecutive month of growt...


Eurozone – Recovery eases in March but still close to 4.5-year high

6 April 2011

The Final Eurozone Composite Output Index, published by research firm Markit, posted 57.6 in March 2011, down from February's four-and-a-half year high of 58.2, but above the earlier flash estimate of 57.5.The index has now signalled expansion for 20 consecutive months. Growth of new business was...


OECD Countries – Economic growth perspectives strengthening

6 April 2011

Growth in the G7 economies outside Japan appears to be stronger than previously projected, with accelerating private sector investment and trade boosting recovery, according to new analysis from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).OECD Chief Economist, Pier Carlo Pad...


UK – Staff appointments rose at slower rates in March

6 April 2011

The rate of expansion of permanent staff placements eased in March 2011 following February's ten-month high. Agencies' temporary/contract staff billings also increased at a slower pace than the previous month's peak according to the latest 'Report on Jobs' published today by the Recruitment and...


UK – CIPD welcomes abolition of DRA

6 April 2011

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) welcomes the commencement, from today, of the six-month process of consigning the Default Retirement Age (DRA), the law which allows employers to retire employees at age 65 without having to explain why, to the dustbin of history. Howeve...


Sweden – Business sentiment continues upwards

6 April 2011

The largest companies across 18 industries assess the business sentiment as good or satisfactory, and forecast that it will improve further until the autumn, according to the latest flash indicator for business sentiment published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).Only a few of Sweden's largest companie...


Spain – Majority reject quotas for women

6 April 2011

According to new research carried out by Cesma Business School 59% of professionals oppose quotas for women in senior management whilst 41% believe that quotas are necessary in order to reach management structures, which properly reflect society. 76% of Spanish professionals believe that the main...


UK – Bond slips to post-tax loss

5 April 2011

Revenues declined slightly to 32,372,000 Pounds compared with 32,537,000 Pounds in 2009 at Bond International Software Plc (BDI:LSE), the provider of software, hardware and related support services to the recruitment and Human Resources industries.The group's gross margin fell from 91.9% in 2009...