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UK - Length and number of interim assignments up noticeably

3 June 2011

UK businesses are hiring more interim managers and for longer placements than ever before as a result of the strengthening senior management jobs market, according to new research carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Interim Partners, the provider of interim management solutions.The research re...


Belgium - Engineering is the most attractive profession

3 June 2011

75.4% of Belgians would recommend to their friends and their children to become an engineer whilst only 3.1% believe that working in packaging is an attractive job prospect according to new research carried out by staffing agency Randstad Belgium.The remarkable outcome of the research, which trie...


Eurozone - Two-speed recovery downshifts to lower gear in May

3 June 2011

At 55.8 in May 2011, down from 57.8 in April 2011, the Final Eurozone composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), published by research firm Markit, fell to a five-month low, but came in slightly ahead of its earlier flash estimate of 55.4. The index has signalled expansion in each of the past 22...


Ireland - Standardised unemployment rate up to 14.8% in May

3 June 2011

The standardised unemployment rate in May 2011 was 14.8%, up slightly from a rate of 14.7% in April, according to the latest data published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).The monthly increase in the standardised unemployment rate was caused by an increase of +2,600 (+0.6%) in the seasonal...


UK - Demand for highly skilled workers fares better than rest of labour market

2 June 2011

Demand for highly skilled professional workers is significantly stronger than demand for workers across the UK labour market as a whole, according to new research conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts on behalf of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).Research compiled by r...


Germany - 77% of staffing agencies concerned about skills gap

2 June 2011

An extra +400,000 new jobs will be created in Germany over the coming 12 months according to new research carried out by the German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK). One third will be created in industry.DIHK President, Hans Heinrich Driftmann, commented to Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper "never s...


UK - Private sector pay up +3% while public sector pay stagnates

2 June 2011

A clear gap has emerged between the level of pay awards in the public and private sectors, according to the latest analysis of pay settlements from remuneration data collector IDSPay.co.uk. The median pay award for the private sector in the three months to the end of April is 3%, while in the pub...


UK – 1.7% of households have never worked in their lives

2 June 2011

The number of households in which no one had ever worked almost doubled from 184,000 in the second quarter of 1997 to 352,000 in the second quarter of 2010, according to figures highlighted in the latest Social Trends chapter describing the UK labour market, published today by the Office for Nati...


Spain - Unemployment falls by -1.87%

2 June 2011

Unemployment fell by -1.87% or by -79,701 individuals to 4,189,659 in May 2011 when compared with April 2011. This was the second highest improvement in the Spanish labour market in a month of May since 1997 according to the latest data from the Ministry of Employment (MTIN) published today.Year-...


World - Manufacturing sector cools further in May

2 June 2011

The Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), published by research firm Markit on behalf of JPMorgan, fell for the third month running to reach its lowest level since September 2010. At 52.9 in May 2011 the headline index remained above the neutral 50.0 mark for the twenty-third succ...