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Germany - Business climate favourable

24 May 2011

The Business Climate Index for German industry and trade, published by research institute IFO, remains stable in May 2011, after a slight cooling in the two preceding surveys. The previously good business situation has again been given a better assessment. The six-month business outlook is once m...


UK - Half of businesses tied up in health and safety 'yellow tape'

24 May 2011

In a report entitled 'Health and Safety: a risky business?' released today, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) reveal that half of businesses identify health and safety 'yellow tape' as a burden. While health and safety in the workplace is important, the volume and ambiguity of this regulatio...


Finland - Unemployment falls to 8.2%

24 May 2011

In April 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,458,000, which was +41,000 more than a year earlier. Employment increased among both men and women, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).   In April, the employment rate stood a...


UK - HMRC invites APSCo to join the newly formed IR35 Forum

24 May 2011

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has been invited by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to join its newly formed IR35 Forum.APSCo claims to have led recruitment industry lobbying on IR35 since its inception in 1999. APSCo successfully lobbied for changes to the draft legisl...


Germany - Equal pay for equal work through the back door

23 May 2011

Germany is facing a continued economic boom. There are many indications that economic growth could easily reach +2.5% in 2012, according to the President of the German Employers Association (BDA), Dieter Hundt.Hundt told Berliner Zeitung newspaper "Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth should...


Sweden - High growth and high unemployment

23 May 2011

The Swedish economy is expected to grow by +4.4% this year and by +3.7% in 2012, according to the latest Economic Forecast published by the Employer and Trade Organisation for the Swedish Services Sector (Almega).Almega's forecast for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is considerably higher tha...


UK - Smallest deterioration in household finances for four months

23 May 2011

Household finances continued to worsen in May 2011, according to the latest Household Finance Index (HFI), published today by research firm Markit. Approximately 35% of survey respondents indicated a deterioration of their current finances, against just 7% that reported an improvement. However, a...


UK - Economics of employment regulation shows business wrong to always see red

23 May 2011

A new analysis of the economics of employment regulation today concludes that the knee-jerk opposition of much of the business lobby to many employment rights, for example their opposition to last week's government consultation paper on Modern Workplaces, which proposed changes to parental leave...


Europe - Quotas for women? No, thank you!

23 May 2011

Companies shouldn't have to meet quotas for employing women, according to European executives: 66% consider this type of regulation unnecessary. That's the result of a recent poll carried out by European job board StepStone involving 7,227 participants from eight European countries. Only one in...


UK - Public sector workers prefer the public sector

23 May 2011

41% of public sector workers think they would need to up-skill in order to gain employment in the private sector, according to research, of over 1,000 public sector workers, conducted by recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark (part of Adecco).Of these, 13.4% respondents to the survey said t...