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UK - Hydrogen expects to be at the top end of analyst forecasts

9 January 2012

Hydrogen Group Plc (HYDG:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment business for the IT, finance, engineering, legal and HR sectors, has today issued a trading update in respect of its financial year ended 31 December 2011. 

The group has been able to deliver a +9% increase in Net Fee Income (NFI)...

UK – Networkers International expects to exceed top end of analyst forecasts

9 January 2012

Networkers International Plc (NWKI:LSE), the IT and telecoms staffing specialist, has today issued its pre-close statement and updates the market on current trading.

Net fee income (gross margin) for the 2011 financial year is expected to increase by approximately +20% compared with 2010, and approximately...

UK – Wales NHS head wants to cut spending on agency and locum staff

9 January 2012

David Sissling, head of the NHS in Wales, has demanded that health boards stop spending millions on agency nurses and locum medics. He argues the current financial climate makes it difficult to justify the high cost of hiring agency staff.

In the financial year running to April 2011, health boards in...

France - Job centres more effective than private staffing agencies?

9 January 2012

Previously unemployed individuals, who found a job via the official government job centres (Pôle Emploi), are more likely to still be in work after eight months than those who found their jobs via a private staffing agency, according to new analysis published by Dares on behalf of the French government. ...

Europe - Unemployment rises

9 January 2012

The Euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was up from 10% in November 2010 to 10.3% in November 2011, according to the latest data published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). Month-on-month, it was unchanged. 

The entire European Union (EU27) unemployment...

UK - 69% of new management roles expected to be for ‘trouble-shooters’

9 January 2012

One-in-five senior managers expect that new management jobs created over the next year will focus on keeping companies out of financial distress, according to a survey by Interim Partners, the provider of interim managers to the private sector.

The survey of 900 senior managers and directors found that...

Spain - Adecco awarded Seal of Excellence

9 January 2012

Adecco Spain has been awarded the Seal of Excellence (Sello Excelente) by the Madrid Foundation (Fundación Madrid), the only staffing agency in the country to receive this award. 

The Seal was awarded for innovation, continuous improvement, worker satisfaction and the agency's active contribution...

Robert Walters cautious on 2012

6 January 2012

Group gross profit (net fee income or ‘NFI’) was up by +14% (12% in constant currency) from 40.6 million Pounds in Q4 2010 to 46.4 million Pounds in Q4 2011 announced Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE) in a trading update this morning.

The company cited international business as a major factor for the growth...

Italy – Temporary staffing under threat from unions

6 January 2012

The Labour Minister Elsa Fornero, faced with 46 different employment contracts in the Italian labour market, would like to do a “little weeding”, according to La Stampa

The Federation of Labour in Italy (CGIL), a union confederation, outlines in a study of the labour market that there are 46...

Germany – Unions hit back at Lufthansa

6 January 2012

After Lufthansa announced on Wednesday its move to hire 200 temporary workers to work as flight attendants in the country, two of Germany’s major unions have now put increasing pressure on the company to withdraw its decision. The German services union Verdi and the flight attendants' union UFO claim...