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Germany - Business climate improves again in December

21 December 2011

The Business Climate for trade and industry in Germany continued to improve in December after stabilising in the previous month, according to the Ifo Institute for Economic Research.

Survey participants' responses showed that their assessment of the current business situation continues to remain favourable....

Ireland - Firms postponing recruitment plans due to Euro uncertainty

21 December 2011

A survey of the mood among Irish businesses has found that business activity fell again in the final three months of this year, with firms expecting only a marginal improvement in conditions next year, Irish broadcaster RTE reports.
The KBC/Chartered Accountants Ireland business sentiment survey...

Germany - Staff snatching holds back agency employment growth

20 December 2011

The number of agency temporary employees rose by +0.5% to 901,000 individuals in October 2011 when compared with October 2010, according to the latest research commissioned by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously BZA and AMP).

Month-on-month, the number of agency temporary...

Germany - Almost 99% use traditional desktops for agency job searches

20 December 2011

Only 1.4% of individuals in search of an agency temporary employment job carry out their internet search via a mobile device such as a smart phone or an iPad, whilst a staggering 98.6% search via a desktop, according to the latest agency temporary employment trends report published by specialist job...

UK - IT mCommerce specialists in retail command +20% higher pay

20 December 2011

IT staff working on e-commerce tools for smart phones and tablet computers are being paid 20% more than workers in more 'traditional' e-commerce roles according to ReThink Recruitment, the business and technology staffing company.
Junior designers working on mobile commerce (mCommerce) platforms...

World - Job market for accountants forecast to be buoyant in 2012

20 December 2011

Despite fears of a double-dip recession and the crisis in the Euro zone, the job market for accountants appears buoyant as employers start to hire again in 2012, according to a new global survey of senior accountants by specialist publication International Accounting Bulletin (IAB), more than half of...

Finland - Unemployment down almost -1% y-o-y in November

20 December 2011

The number of unemployed persons in November 2011 was 166,000, which was -20,000 lower than one year ago, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).

At 6.2%, the unemployment rate was -0.9 percentage points lower than in November 2010.

There were...

Austria - VZA Vice-President passes away

20 December 2011

The Association of Temporary Employment and Recruitment Agencies (VZA) announces that its Vice-President, Peter Lisowski, has passed away on 13 December 2011.

25 years ago Lisowski founded Powerserv, the staffing agency with 50 offices across Austria and subsidiaries in ten other countries.

VZA says in...

Ireland - Minister publishes Temporary Agency Work Bill

19 December 2011

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, has published the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Bill 2011. The Bill is intended to give effect to the European Union (EU) Directive (Directive 2008/104/EC) on temporary agency work, which requires that agency workers...

UK - Auto-enrolment will affect recruitment, says report

19 December 2011

Though nearly two-thirds (63%) of finance directors surveyed by pensions risk transfer provider MetLife Assurance Limited have not addressed the issue of how to fund auto-enrolment, some employers say that they will cut back on recruiting new staff in order to fund the introduction of auto-enrolment,...