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Germany — Equal pay for equal work through the backdoor

1 October 2010

A new collective bargaining agreement (Tarifvertrag) between the association of employers in the steel industry (Arbeitgeberverband Stahl) and the metal workers union (IG Metall) was signed yesterday, German daily Die Zeit reports. Employers have agreed to pay steel workers a +3.6% increase in p...


Ireland — We must stop the brain drain, say students

1 October 2010

A new survey to be published later on today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says that 150,000 graduates are set to emigrate in the next five years due to the dramatic increase in graduate unemployment, the Irish Times reports. USI president, Gary Redmond, said "we are fast reaching a p...


France — Temporary employment up by +23.1% y-o-y in Q2 2010

1 October 2010

The latest data published last night by DARES of behalf of the French government reveals that the number of temporary employees was up by +5.3% or up by +27,600 individuals to 550,000 in Q2 2010 compared to the previous quarter. Since the pick-up in the industry in the second quarter of 2009 the...


World — Labour market recession worsens social outlook, says ILO

1 October 2010

A new report by the research arm of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) says a long "labour market recession" is worsening the social outlook in many countries. The new study entitled 'World of Work Report 2010, from one crisis to the next?' acknowledges that three years into the crisis,...


Europe — MEPs back a single work and resident permit for foreigners in the EU

1 October 2010

A simplified administrative procedure and equal treatment with national workers on pay, working conditions and social security: this is the aim of a draft directive that received the backing of the European Parliament (EP) Civil Liberties Committee this week. The broad aim is to stop the exploita...


UK — Removal of obligations on permanent recruiters

1 October 2010

In contrast to the concerns of the British Chambers of Commerce expressed today regarding the imposition of additional legislation on business, the recruitment industry has, today, had a number of legal obligations removed when providing permanent placement. The change of law comes about through...


UK — Skills Minister sets out government commitment to apprenticeships

30 September 2010

Skills Minister John Hayes has set out his vision for apprenticeships and reaffirmed the government's commitment to work-based learning and training. He told an audience at the Group Training Association England annual conference that the government was firmly committed to expanding apprenticesh...


UK — Harvey Nash revenues slightly down but profits up considerably

30 September 2010

Revenues were slightly down by -1% from 200 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 199 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Harvey Nash Group Plc (HVN:LSE), the professional recruitment and outsourcing consultancy. Interim results for the first six months ended 31 July 2010 reveal that gross profit was up by +1%...


Switzerland — Intolerance to other cultures is holding the economy back

30 September 2010

New research carried out by auditors and consultants Ernst & Young among 1,200 managers of international Research and Development (R&D)-based companies, in a variety of countries including 100 in Switzerland, reveals that there is a serious shortage of highly-qualified specialists in Switzerland,...


UK — Kellan Group reduces losses significantly

30 September 2010

Revenues were down by -5.2% from 15.2 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 14.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Kellan Group Plc (KLN:LSE), the IT, accountancy, hospitality, leisure and professional services recruitment group. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 reveal that the operating...