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UK – Worse short-term but better medium-term forecast

8 March 2011

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its new quarterly Economic Forecast, ahead of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on Thursday and with just over two weeks until the Budget.The BCC forecast reduces expectations for UK GDP growth in 2011 to +1.4% (from...


UK – 100 million Pounds to be invested in skills

8 March 2011

Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable and Minister for Skills, John Hayes, have launched a 50 million Pounds a year fund to help businesses develop the skills they need to drive growth.The Growth Investment Fund (GIF) will help employer groups overcome barriers to growth within their secto...


UK – Employment tribunal system is broken, says CIPD

8 March 2011

69% of employers say they have no effective protection against employees making wholly unjustifiable claims to employment tribunals. This is a key finding from a survey of employers' experiences of managing workplace conflict, published today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developme...


Ireland – Job opportunities down m-o-m but up y-o-y

8 March 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (subsidiary of Premier Group) shows that new job opportunities for professionals in Ireland decreased marginally (-2%) from 7,250 in January 2011 to 7,100 in February 2011. This was however, a +2...


Europe – Eurociett welcomes the EU Employment Council's Conclusion

8 March 2011

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) welcomes the main conclusions of the European Union (EU) Employment and Social Affairs Council meeting of 7 March 2011, particularly:• The focus on the need to promote labour market reforms as also recognised in the Annual Grow...


World – Hudson Highland appoints Marquez as Chairman and CEO

8 March 2011

Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (HHGP:NMQ), the US-based international provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services, has yesterday announced that Manuel Marquez (52) has signed an agreement to become Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has also been appointe...


UK – Michael Page benefits from geographical diversification

7 March 2011

Revenues were up by +16.1% from 716.7 million Pounds in 2009 to 832.3 million Pounds in 2010 at Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment company. In constant currency, revenues were up by +14.8%.The Preliminary Full-year results for the year ended 31 Decem...


UK – Big fish acquired by Nakama

7 March 2011

Big fish Search & Selection Limited, the recruitment agency for creative and marketing professionals, has been acquired by Nakama, the digital creative recruitment consultancy.Big fish was founded in 2002 and has been placing creative and marketing professionals in both the agency world and l...


Germany – Lowest labour cost increase in the EU

7 March 2011

Germany ranks at the tail end of wage increases in the European Union (EU), according to new research published by the Institute for Macro-Economic Research (IMK).In 2009 the average labour cost per hour in the private sector of the Eurozone was highest in Belgium with 37.2 Euro per hour. It was...


Eastern Europe – Polish staffing revenues up +47%

7 March 2011

Revenues generated by the 19 major staffing agencies, which form the Polish Human Resources Forum (Polskie Forum HR) were up by +47% from 284 million Euro in 2009 to 417 million Euro in 2010.Market shares of major staffing agencies in Poland Randstad  27.6% Manpower  17.7% Ade...