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Switzerland - 85% in favour of minimum wage introduction

21 June 2011

85% of the population are in favour of a legally binding minimum wage, according to a new survey by research firm Link carried out on behalf of the Federation of Swiss Unions (USS).The unions are demanding a monthly minimum wage of 4,000 Swiss Francs (3,300 Euro) for a 42 hour week or 3,800 Swiss...


Finland - Unemployment falls to 9.8%

21 June 2011

In May 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,512,000, which was +30,000 higher than a year earlier, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).   In May, the employment rate among persons aged 15 to 64 stood at 69.2%, which was +...


UK - ReThink acquires Berkley Recruitment to expand internationally

20 June 2011

The ReThink Group plc (RTG:LSE), the recruitment and technology services firm, announces the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Berkley Recruitment Group Limited. The initial consideration is 2.65 million Euro (equivalent to approximately 2.34 million Pounds) with additional deferr...


Switzerland - Adecco announces changes in its Executive Committee

20 June 2011

Adecco Group, the world's largest Human Resources services group, today announces changes in its Executive Committee. Alain Dehaze has been appointed as the new Regional Head of France, Switzerland & India. He replaces François Davy who will pursue his career outside the Adecco Group.Martin A...


Portugal - Rogue staffing agency leaves thousands without jobs and pay

20 June 2011

3,000 temporary employees have lost their jobs and their last wages due to the illegal closing down of staffing agency Newtime Recursos Humanos in the face of a tax audit.The agency simply shut down shop due to insolvency after the Portuguese tax authorities raided 17 temporary employment agencie...


Germany - Customs office to police staffing agencies

20 June 2011

The Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) decided on Friday that the new minimum wage for agency temporary employees, which came into effect on 1 May 2011, will in future be policed by the German customs authorities (Zollverwaltung), specialist publication Legal Tribune reports.Customs will emplo...


Germany - Further strikes threatened against agency employment

20 June 2011

After the recent strike by 10,000 employees of aircraft manufacturer Airbus against ‘excessive’ levels of agency temporary employment in the company, the IG Metall union has now threatened Airbus management with further industrial action, Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reports.Airbus Germany empl...


Europe - Labour cost up +2.7%

20 June 2011

Hourly labour costs in the Euro area (EA17) rose by +2.6% in the year up to the first quarter of 2011, compared with +1.5% for the previous quarter. In the entire European Union (EU27), the annual rise was +2.7% up to the first quarter of 2011, compared with +1.8% for the previous quarter, accord...


Sweden - Record increase in employment forecast but skills gap persists

20 June 2011

The average annual unemployment rate is expected to fall from 8.4% of the workforce in 2010 to 7.5% in 2011 and then further to 6.7% in 2012, according to the latest forecast by the government’s official Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).The Employment service expects an extra +107,000 jobs...


UK - Need to train and manage older workers when DRA is phased out

20 June 2011

As the Pensions Bill makes its way through The Commons, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) releases a new survey demonstrating that older workers are often neglected when it comes to training and performance management. It highlights the need for employers to ensure they...