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France - Unemployment falls by -0.4% in April 2011

26 May 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in April 2011 was down by -0.4% or -10,900 individuals to 2,669,100 compared with the previous month. Compared with April 2010, it was up by +0.2%, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf o...


Switzerland - Employment up +1.6% in Q1 2011

26 May 2011

The total number of employees was up by +1.6% to 4.11 million in Q1 2011 when compared with Q1 2010. The number of workers in industry was up by +1.7% year-on-year to 1.04 million in Q1 2011. The number of workers in the services sector was up by +1.6% to 3.07 million during the same period, acco...


Europe - Eurociett welcomes European Parliament draft report on New Skills and Jobs Flagship Initiative

26 May 2011

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) welcomes the European Parliament draft report on the New Skills and Jobs Flagship Initiative, which identifies the importance of strengthening flexicurity arrangements at national level in order to drive inclusive labour marke...


OECD Countries - Recovery underway but surrounded by risks

26 May 2011

The global recovery is firmly under way, but is taking place at different speeds across countries and regions, according to the latest Economic Outlook published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Historically high unemployment remains among the most pressing leg...


UK - Public sector cutbacks and marginal private sector growth impact on ability to reward employees

26 May 2011

Just under two-thirds (65%) of employers have, or are planning to, increase base pay in 2011; roughly a quarter (26%) have or will freeze pay. Almost one in 10 (9%) have decided to delay the pay review and almost all (99%) plan not to cut pay. These are the top line findings of the Chartered Inst...


Ireland - Exports rising but with limited impact on unemployment

26 May 2011

Irish exports increased strongly during 2010, exceeding Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first time, according to the National Irish Bank Foreign Direct Investment Quarterly Report for Summer 2011. Goods exports were +7% higher in 2010 than in 2009 and have started strongly in 2011, said the...


UK - Employment agencies may face demands from clients for VAT repayments

25 May 2011

VAT specialists at accountants Smith & Williamson warn that agencies supplying self-employed temporary staff could face demands from clients for VAT refunds running to thousands of Pounds and going back several years.   In the case of Reed vs HMRC, the first tier tax tribunal held that...


Portugal - Multipessoal's revenues up +22%

25 May 2011

Revenues were up by +22% from 54.9 million Euro in 2009 to 67 million Euro in 2010 at staffing agency Grupo Multipessoal (owned by financial services group Espirito Santo).Revenues generated from agency temporary employment were up by +19% from 21 million Euro in 2009 to 25 million Euro in 2010.M...


World - Young workers disengaged by pressures of work

25 May 2011

Young workers around the world are lacking in engagement with their employers and are the most affected by perceived pressures at work, posing long-term retention and management problems for companies and countries, according to new research conducted among more than 30,000 employees in 29 countr...


UK - Public sector job cuts will damage frontline delivery

25 May 2011

The public sector is facing a critical loss of employees, with almost half (45%) of staff in the sector facing redundancy or actively seeking work in the private sector, according to new research published today by staffing agency Hays. Although the public sector is faced with the need to make cu...