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Netherlands - Margriet Spijker new Managing Director of Timing

3 January 2012

Margriet Spijker has been appointed Managing Director of Timing. Previously Chief Operating Officer (deputy director), she succeeds Annemarie Laan-van Dongen, who held this position since 1994. Timing is the seventh largest agency in the Netherlands according to our research.


Germany – Politicians differ over legality of retroactive payments from staffing agencies

30 December 2011

There is still confusion over whether German staffing agencies, which had signed collective bargaining agreements with the (now officially) illegal Christian Unions (CGZP) will have to pay billions of Euro for outstanding social security payments and underpayment of temporary employees.

In general, agency...

Germany - Government accused of rigging unemployment statistics

30 December 2011

The Ministry of Employment has admitted that 105,000 unemployed individuals registered with the job centres are omitted from the official unemployment statistics, Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reports.

In 2008 the government decided that unemployed individuals, who are 58 years of age and older and who...

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...