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UK - GDP and unemployment forecasts revised downwards by CIPD

13 July 2011

Revised forecasts for UK economic and employment growth published today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revise downward the CIPD's previous (December 2010) forecast for both Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and unemployment.   The CIPD now expects the economy to...


World - Training is key for new era in energy production, says report

13 July 2011

Surging demand for oil and natural gas will see an influx in investment and rise in activity across 2011. This is expected to create an increase in global hiring according to a joint report from OilCareers.com, the international jobs board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner...


Belgium - Structural problems in labour market are deep-rooted

13 July 2011

Belgium has come out of the global financial crisis faster than the Euro area as a whole, but high public debt and the need to anticipate the cost of its ageing population require urgent fiscal consolidation, according to the latest 'Economic Survey of Belgium' published by the Organisation for E...


Portugal - Exports up but decline in domestic demand projected

13 July 2011

Current projections by the Portuguese Central Bank (Banco de Portugal) point to a significant decline in domestic demand, both public and private, including consumption and investment. Exports will be the only component of demand with a positive contribution to economic growth over the projectio...


UK - Employees happier despite longer working hours

13 July 2011

New statistics reveal a rise in workers' happiness with working hours and work-life balance. The employee engagement research was conducted by HR consultancy ETS Plc. Such increases are particularly surprising given that the latest Office for National Statistics data shows the average working wee...


UK - Majority of City workers still committed to London

13 July 2011

  In June 2011, professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group), surveyed 560 financial services professionals in London to examine how many had sought or been offered the opportunity to move abroad for their careers. The majority of respondents (80%) had either...


Netherlands - Agency turnover up +8% y-o-y in H1 2011

12 July 2011

In weeks 21 to 24 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +6% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +8%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federation of Private E...


France - Adecco appeals against SOS Racisme verdict

12 July 2011

Staffing agency Adecco France and its subsidiary Ajilon have decided to appeal to the Court of Cassation against the decision by the Paris Court of Appeal that Adecco, Ajilon and Garnier (part of L'Oréal) must pay 30,000 Euro to anti-discrimination organisation SOS Racisme for racist recruitment...


UK - Government plans to open public services

12 July 2011

The government yesterday announced that it will allow companies, charities and community groups to bid to run everything from local health services to schools, libraries and parks. Prime Minister, David Cameron, commented "this White Paper says loud and clear that it shouldn't matter if prov...


Europe - Extra funds for education, youth and creativity to boost jobs

12 July 2011

As part of its strategy for boosting employment, the European Commission is aiming to nearly double the number of young people, teachers and researchers who get European Union (EU) grants for study and training abroad, from 400,000 recipients per year now to almost 800,000 in future. This is one...