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UK - Laurence Simons appoints Lucinda Moule as new MD

18 August 2011

Laurence Simons, the specialist international legal recruitment consultancy, has appointed Lucinda Moule as Managing Director, working from their London headquarters. Lucinda Moule will report to Naveen Tuli, Global Managing Director of Laurence Simons, and will focus on growth of Laurence Simon...


World - Economic climate deteriorates

18 August 2011

The world economic climate clouded over in the third quarter, after having improved in the first two quarters. The worsening affected both the appraisals of the current situation as well as the expectations for the coming six months. However, despite the weakening, both components are still in po...


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18 August 2011

Please don’t forget that our European Daily News headlines can now be found on twitter. If you tweet, please look for the handle @siaeurope and follow us. If you would like to know more, please contact Adam Pode (apode@staffingindustry.com)


Austria - Droege completes Trenkwalder acquisition and targets listing

17 August 2011

The acquisition of the majority shareholding of Trenkwalder International AG, the largest Austrian-owned staffing agency, by Germany-based investment house Droege Capital GmbH was completed on 12 August 2011.The completion of the transaction depended on the positive outcome of a due diligence pro...


UK - Unemployment up +0.1 percentage point q-o-q

17 August 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to June 2011 was 7.9% of the economically active population, up +0.1 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people increased by +38,000 over the quarter to reach 2.49 million, according to the latest data published today by the Office for Nationa...


Germany - GDP up strongly y-o-y but experts concerned about quarterly performance

17 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) showed a marked increase again. In the second quarter of 2011, price-adjusted GDP rose by +2.8% (calendar-adjusted: +2.7%) on the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest data published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).   However, economists...


Belgium/Italy - No more men on boards until female quota are filled

17 August 2011

Belgium's parliament has adopted a plan to force public enterprises, and companies that are listed on the stock exchange, to give women 30% of the seats on management boards. The law, still to be approved by the Senate, is expected to come into force next year, according to the European Industria...


UK - Education system fails micro businesses

17 August 2011

Micro businesses (fewer than ten employees) want to grow, but find it difficult to recruit staff for the job. 55% are looking to increase the number of staff they employ. However, 50% find it difficult to recruit the right people, according to a new survey of over 2,000 micro businesses, released...


UK - Regulatory approach to training seen as costly and counter-productive

17 August 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today warned against government plans for wholesale extension of training levies or license to practice schemes which it said would hinder employer investment in staff training and do nothing to increase productive skills levels.Levy systems operate by...


Ireland - Future jobs for Irish youth

17 August 2011

With the impending Leaving Cert (final examination in the Irish secondary school system) results out today, staffing agency Sigmar explains where the future jobs will be for Irish youth. With a despairing economy and increasing emigration, it can be hard to see beyond the gloom as to where you'r...