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Italy - Wages up +1.5% y-o-y in November 2011

23 December 2011

The hourly wage index increased by +1.5% in November 2011 when compared with November 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by the National Institute for Statistics (Istat).

During the period from January to November 2011, the hourly wage index was up by +1.8% when compared with the same...

Spain - Nortempo acquires Activa Rioja

22 December 2011

Nortempo Group, the 100% Spanish-owned, temporary staffing, outsourcing and training group based in the northern province of Galicia, has acquired the majority of shares in temporary staffing agency Activa Rioja for 300,000 Euro.

Activa Rioja was founded in 1995. The company manages 2,000 temporary employment...

UK - AWR qualifying period ends on Christmas Eve

22 December 2011

From 24 December 2011, equal treatment provisions for some of the UK's temporary and contract workforce will be in full swing. Recruiters have invested significant resources in implementing the new regulations and are now preparing to deal with any queries from workers.

Saturday sees the end of the first...

Switzerland - Only Norway and Austria have lower unemployment

22 December 2011

The number of persons in employment in Switzerland rose by +2.2% in Q3 2011 compared with the same period of the previous year, according to surveys conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

The unemployment rate in Switzerland as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) fell from...

UK - GDP up +0.6% in Q3 2011

22 December 2011

UK gross domestic product (GDP) in volume terms increased by +0.6% in the third quarter of 2011, according to the latest national accounts, published today, by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Output of the production industries rose by +0.2%, within which manufacturing rose by +0.1%.

Output of...

UK - Slowing economy takes pressure off migrant cap

22 December 2011

The ongoing economic crisis and the resultant stagnation in the labour market mean only a tiny proportion of UK employers now say that the migration cap is having or will have a damaging impact on their organisation in the short to medium term. These findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel...

Europe - Muntz re-elected as Eurociett President

22 December 2011

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) has re-elected Annemarie Muntz as President. Muntz has held this position since 2005 and her new term will last for one year. Muntz is also a board member of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett).


Germany - Minimum wage for all agency staff from 1 January 2012

21 December 2011

Chancellor (Prime Minister) Angela Merkel's Cabinet has yesterday signed off the proposal presented by Employment Minister Ursula von der Leyen to declare the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between unions and the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously BZA and AMP) as...

Spain - Agency employment up +4% y-o-y in Q3 2011

21 December 2011

The number of temporary employment contracts managed by temporary staffing agencies increased by +4% or by +19,910 to 521,533 in the third quarter of 2011 when compared with the third quarter of 2010, according to the latest report, published today, by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies...

UK - Demand for agency staff up on last year despite AWR

21 December 2011

Demand for temporary staff over the past month has remained stable and is up on the same time last year despite new regulations on agency work coming into force in October 2011, according to the latest data from the Jobs-Outlook published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).