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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...


World - The profile of a corporate fraudster

16 June 2011

The average profile of a corporate fraudster is a man who has worked in a company for several years and who rarely acts alone. The offenders share similar motives and despite red flags, often remain undetected for quite a while. The results show an increase in the proportion of offenders at both...


Ireland - Workplace violence on the increase

16 June 2011

84% (75% in 2009) of Irish employees have admitted wanting to unleash violence on a colleague. 68% admitted incompetence of fellow employees raises anger and 56% (42% in 2009) of employers have experienced workplace rage ranging from office vandalism, through to physical violence, according to ne...


Norway - Adecco to reimburse City of Oslo after nursing home scandal

15 June 2011

Staffing agency Adecco has been asked to pay 23.7 million Norwegian Krone (3 million Euro) back to the City of Oslo after a scandal regarding working conditions at state nursing homes run under contract by the company, specialist publication NewsinEnglish reports. Adecco's Health Division, Adecco...


Belgium - Adecco appeals against fine for racism

15 June 2011

Adecco Belgium has decided to appeal against the sentence by the Court of First Instance of Brussels to pay 25,000 Euro to SOS Racisme and a symbolic fine of 1 Euro to the Socialist Union ABVV for racist practices in employment.The case goes back ten years and concerns racist employment practices...


France - Agency employment falls slightly m-o-m but up +11.3% y-o-y

15 June 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was down by -0.7% or down by -4,700 individuals to 661,600 in April 2011 when compared with the previous months, according to the latest data published by the government's official job centres (Pôle Emploi).Year-on-year, the number of agency temporary empl...


UK - Largest fall in unemployment since 2000

15 June 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to April 2011 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down -0.3 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people fell by -88,000 over the quarter to reach 2.43 million, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by the Off...