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UK - EU maternity leave proposals seen as costly and socially regressive

17 June 2011

Chris Grayling, Employment Minister, will visit Brussels today to continue the UK government's lobbying on the Pregnant Workers Directive.Grayling will attend a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) during which the Hungarian Presidency will give an...


OECD countries - Mild loss of growth momentum

17 June 2011

In the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the composite leading indicators (CLIs) designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to a mild loss of growth momentum in most major economies for April 2011, accor...


Europe - Employment up +0.3% in Q1 2011

16 June 2011

The number of persons employed in both the Euro area (EA17) and the entire European Union (EU27) grew slightly in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).In th...


OECD Countries - Unemployment rate drops to 8.1% in April

16 June 2011

The unemployment rate in the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) dropped to 8.1% in April 2011, a -0.1 percentage point fall compared with March 2011 after two months of stability at 8.2%, according to new OECD research. This is a continuation of...


World - Employees acknowledge war on talent and skills mismatch

16 June 2011

The impact of the retiring 'baby-boom' generation combined with declining population growth causes a demographic shift leading to increasing demand and decreasing supply on the labour market. Almost half of the employees acknowledge this trend to have a direct impact on their careers, according t...


UK - 78% of employers plan to increase or maintain agency staff levels

16 June 2011

Employers are predicting that they will be adding to their workforces in both the short and longer-terms, according to the latest JobsOutlook published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).   Despite current economic uncertainties, confidence among employers has steadied...


France - Basic salary up +1.8% but purchasing power up only +0.2%

16 June 2011

The monthly basic salary (SMB) in private companies with more than ten employees rose by +1.8% in 2010 compared with 2009 when the annual increase was +1.9%, according to the latest statistics published by government research body DARES on behalf of the Ministry for the Economy and the Ministry f...


Iceland - Labour costs fall in Q1 2011 but up y-o-y

16 June 2011

Total labour costs per hour decreased by -4.2% in Q1 2011 compared with previous quarter in manufacturing. The decrease was -3.4% in wholesale, -2.8% in transport and -1.5% in construction, according to Statistics Iceland (Hagstofa Islands).   Total labour costs excluding bonuses decreased...


Netherlands - Migrant labour vital for the economy

16 June 2011

The Netherlands will need an extra +250,000 workers by 2020 to offset the effect of the ageing population, a government commission was told yesterday, Het Financieele Dagblad newspaper reports.Frank van Gool, of staffing agency Otto Workforce, which specialises in workers from Central and Eastern...


UK - Civil servants vote for strike over cuts

16 June 2011

More than a quarter of a million civil and public servants yesterday joined teachers in voting for a strike over cuts to their pensions, as well as jobs and pay. In a national ballot 61.1% of the Public and Commercial Services Union's (PCS) quarter of a million civil and public service members v...