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Sweden - Labour costs up +2.4% for wage-earners and +1.3% for salaried employees

30 December 2011

Labour costs in the private sector have increased by +2.4% for wage-earners and by +1.3% for salaried employees in October 2011 when compared with October 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by Statistics Sweden (SCB).

The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in October 2011...

Russia - Output growth moderates in December

30 December 2011

The service sector grew at a softer pace in December, as did the combined output of manufacturing and services. Meanwhile, the longer-term outlook in services deteriorated substantially as companies reported domestic political uncertainty and global economic instability. Inflationary pressure on input...

France - Agency employment slightly down after strong growth earlier in 2011

29 December 2011

The number of agency temporary employees fell by -1.4% in November 2011 when compared with November 2010, according to the latest data published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).

November is the second consecutive month with negative growth in the...

Europe - North/South divide is based on skills, says report

29 December 2011

Unemployment and underemployment are a big part of the problem in Greece, Italy, and southern Europe's other debt crisis-stricken countries, except among residents with college degrees. Surveys conducted from 2009 to 2011 by research firm Gallup indicate that median figures among those in southern Europe,...

UK - Talking the jobs market down is unhelpful, says REC

29 December 2011

Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), has commented on yesterday's forecast by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) that the jobs market in 2012 will continue to  deteriorate.
Providing a recruitment industry perspective...

UK - 39% of managers concerned about their jobs

29 December 2011

43% of managers feel optimistic about their organisation's prospects for next year, yet optimism about the UK's economic performance as a whole remains low, at just 8%, according to the annual end of year research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The Future Forecast report reveals that restructuring...

Germany - Poles 15 times more likely to found a business than nationals

29 December 2011

30% of the 130,000 new companies founded in 2009 were founded by individuals who do not have a German passport, according to new research carried out by research firm Evers & Jung on behalf of the Ministry of the Economy and published by Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

This represents an increase...

Netherlands - Staffing industry revenues rise despite falling hours

28 December 2011

In weeks 45 to 48 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees fell by -1% but turnover generated by temporary employment agencies rose by +1% compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics, released today, by the Federation of Private Employment...

Netherlands - Flexible employment can be bad for the economy in the long term

28 December 2011

A long-term flexible workforce can be bad for the economy because employers tend to invest less in flexible workers, which can damage their competitive advantage, according to new research carried out by the Scientific Bureau of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV).

The research also reveals that...

France - Unemployment up +5.2% y-o-y in November 2011

28 December 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in November 2011 was up by +5.2% to 2,844,800 compared with November 2010. Compared with the previous month, it was up by +1.1% or up by +29,900 individuals, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf...