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Canada: GDP Slips

29 April 2011

Canada’s real gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent in February after a 0.5 percent increase in January, Statistics Canada reported today. Manufacturing and, to a lesser extent, wholesale trade were the main sources of the decline.Service producing industries were essentially unchanged as incre...


Index: Employment Costs Rise

29 April 2011

Total compensation costs for civilian workers rose 0.6 percent from December to March, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries, which comprise about 70 percent of total compensation, rose 0.4 percent, while benefits, which account for the rest o...


Staffing Firm Faces Discrimination Suit

29 April 2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Milwaukee, Wis.-based staffing firm for pregnancy discrimination. The suit alleges HCS Medical Staffing Inc. violated federal law by discriminating against a pregnant employee and then firing her while she was on mate...


Survey: IT Hiring to Rise

29 April 2011

According to TEKsystems’ IT executive outlook survey, 36 percent of information technology leaders plan to add contingent information technology headcount during the second quarter, and 41 percent plan to add permanent IT headcount. IT executives are most optimistic about hiring in the finance an...


France - Groupe Crit's revenues up +21.6%

29 April 2011

Revenues were up by +21.6% from 273.8 million Euro in Q1 2010 to 333 million Euro in Q1 2011 at Groupe CRIT (CRIT:PAR), the temporary staffing, airport assistance and industrial maintenance group. All growth was achieved entirely on an organic basis.Revenues generated from temporary employment (8...


Germany - Temporary employment pay rise comes into effect

29 April 2011

Pay increases negotiated in March 2010 between the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) and the Federation of German Unions (DGB) will come into effect on 1 May 2011 for 350,000 temporary employees in the country. Further pay increases will follow on 1 November 2011 and on 1 Novembe...


France - Agency employment up +17.8%

29 April 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +17.8% in March 2011 compared with March 2010, according to the latest Employment Barometer published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).Agency temporary employment among unqualified workers was up by +22.7%...


Europe – Unemployment unchanged at 9.5%

29 April 2011

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in March 2011, unchanged compared with February. It was 10.1% in March 2010. The unemployment rate in the entire European Union (EU27) was 9.5% in March 2011, also unchanged compared with February. It was 9.7% in March 2010, acco...


Europe - Free EU movement starts on 1 May 2011

29 April 2011

1 May 2011 will mark the removal of restrictions on the right to work in any member state of the European Union (EU) for citizens from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.   All workers from the countries that joined the EU in 2004 will now...


UK - 93% of employers will keep or grow agency staffing levels

29 April 2011

Increasing numbers of employers are planning to grow their permanent workforce in the next year, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey, published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). In the April 2011 survey, more than a third indicated they would be adding to their existin...