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UK – Shareholder pressure keeps lid on executive pay

30 March 2011

FTSE 350 executives will see minimal, if any, increases in base pay this year, according to a survey of senior reward professionals and accompanying analysis of company reports and accounts, published by professional services firm PwC. The findings come ahead of the AGM season, when executive pay...


Norway – Payroll rise expected to be +3%

30 March 2011

Negotiations for the annual pay round have commenced this week between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (LO), the Federation of European Employers reports.Although employers have called for a +1.5% increase in national minimum rates, it...


International – Good looks make you more successful

30 March 2011

New research carried out in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada by the Labour Market Institute (IZA) in collaboration with the University of Texas, reveals that an attractive personal appearance makes workers generally more successful than their less attractive contemporaries and raises personal h...


Spain – Top jobs require foreign languages

30 March 2011

New analysis by staffing agency Randstad Spain reveals that 75% of so-called 'senior appointments' in Spain require candidates to be able to speak at least one foreign language.The ability to speak English increases the likelihood of being hired into a senior position by +44%.Most companies requi...


UK – CIPD welcomes Employee Engagement Taskforce

30 March 2011

Yesterday's launch by the Prime Minister and the Business Minister of a new Employee Engagement Taskforce has a crucial role to play in boosting UK competitiveness and building a recovery that lasts, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which will be actively...


Italy – Gi Group acquires right4staff

29 March 2011

Gi Group, the largest Italian-owned staffing agency, has acquired independent UK-based recruitment company right4staff.In 2010, Gi Group generated revenues in excess of 800 million Euro. The company has more than 350 branches worldwide, about 2,000 employees and, with this latest acquisition, now...


Netherlands – USG People acquires Uniman

29 March 2011

Staffing agency USG People (USG:AEX) announces that it has acquired 100% of the shares in Switzerland-based staffing organisation Uniman SA. Founded in August 2005, Uniman is active in specialist staffing and recruitment of qualified personnel for the industrial, construction and commercial secto...


Belgium – Agency employment up +19.3% y-o-y in February 2011

29 March 2011

The latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian agency temporary employment market published yesterday by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) reveal that the number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in February 2011 was up by +1.32% compared to January 2011.The number o...


UK – Economy contracts by -0.5% in Q4 2010

29 March 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth contracted by -0.5% in the latest quarter, revised from a fall of -0.6% previously published. GDP in the fourth quarter of 2010 is now 1.5% higher than the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the latest analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Ou...


UK – Employers positive about Budget

29 March 2011

64% of companies feel that the measures outlined in last week's Budget will have a positive effect on their business, with 28% stating that the Budget will have a positive effect on their staffing levels.Reed Finance, the financial recruitment specialist, polled 50 senior finance professionals at...