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France - Labour cost up +2.7% y-o-y

26 September 2011

The Labour Cost Index for the private sector, excluding agriculture, rose by +2.7% in Q2 2011 when compared with Q2 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE).The Labour Cost Index rose most strongly in industry where it was...


Austria - Unemployment falls to 4.1% in Q2 2011

26 September 2011

The number of employed increased by +60,000 individuals to a total of 4.14 million in the second quarter of 2011 when compared with the second quarter of 2010. The number of employees as well as the number of self-employed increased (+44,000 and +16,000 respectively), according to the latest data...


Germany - Business climate cools slightly

26 September 2011

The Business Climate Index for German industry and trade declined once again in September. Business expectations for the coming six months once more deteriorated markedly, according to the latest data, published today, by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research.The current business situation, how...


UK - Manufacturers call on government to cut red tape

26 September 2011

Britain's manufacturers have urged the government to redouble its efforts to achieve a meaningful reduction in the burden of regulation at a time when it needs to focus all its efforts on getting the economy growing. The call from manufacturers' organisation EEF comes ahead of the publication of...


Netherlands - Mood among manufacturers improved, services less optimistic

26 September 2011

The mood among Dutch manufacturers improved in September 2011. The producer confidence indicator rose from -3.3 in August 2011 to -0.5 in September 2011. In the five preceding months, producer confidence has slumped, according to the latest data, published today, by Statistics Netherlands (CBS)....


France - ManpowerGroup completes Proservia deal

23 September 2011

ManpowerGroup France (MPW:FRA) has completed the acquisition of 70% of shares and voting rights of Proservia SA (ALPRV:PAR) as announced in July 2011. Proservia is a provider of information technology and systems engineering solutions, which were owned by Proservia founder Thierry Congard.The com...


World - European CFOs predict -5.4% annual fall in agency employment

23 September 2011

Worldwide optimism among CFOs has deteriorated drastically. In Europe and the United States almost two CFOs in three were more pessimistic about economic trends. Over half the European CFOs think the situation in Europe is just as serious as in the United States. So far the United States seems ab...


UK - Capita acquires police HR specialist Cedar

23 September 2011

Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services, has announced today that it has acquired Cedar HR Software Limited for 15 million Pounds on a debt free, cash free basis. Cedar, part of the Advanced Computer Software Group, is a...


UK - Recruitment Genius acquires imarecruit

23 September 2011

RecruitmentGenius.com, the specialist online recruitment business, has acquired rival firm imarecruit.co.uk, for an undisclosed sum.Imarecruit.co.uk is a national, multi-sector online recruitment agency. RecruitmentGenius.com will be working with imarecruit.co.uk's existing customer base and part...


UK - Job vacancies drop by -9.4% in August 2011

23 September 2011

Job vacancy levels fell by -9.4% in August 2011 when compared with July 2011, following months of relative stability in the jobs market, according to staffing agency Adecco and the latest data from mysalarychecker.com. The usual summertime lull in hiring activity was compounded by faltering conf...