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UK - New APSCo sector group for marketing recruiters

3 October 2011

A new Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) sector group for recruiters placing marketing, media, creative and communications professionals, has unveiled its official name and objectives at its first meeting. The group will initially have 17 members.The new sector group, which wi...


UK - Harvey Nash performs well in all key areas

30 September 2011

Revenues were up by +28% from 198.6 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 253.4 million Pounds in H1 2011 at staffing firm Harvey Nash Group Plc (HVN:LSE).Interim results for the six months ended 31 July 2011 reveal that gross profit was up by +21% from 32 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 38.6 million Pounds...


UK - HCL's shares rise despite massive losses

30 September 2011

Revenues were up from 74.9 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 116.8 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm.Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that gross profit was up from 20.9 million Pound...


UK - HCR expands but still makes losses

30 September 2011

Revenues were up from 24,1000 Pounds in H1 2010 to 886,400 Pounds in H1 2011 at Human Capital Resources (HCRP:PLU), the staffing firm, which specialises in the climate change sector and associated markets.Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that losses after tax were redu...


Ireland - AWD forecast to lead to job losses and reduced competitiveness

30 September 2011

In a study of the impending European Union Agency Worker Directive(AWD), Economist Jim Power has concluded that if the directive is transposed in its current form, the flexibility of Ireland’s workforce will be damaged and the country's competitiveness will be affected and up to -9,400 jobs could...


Europe - Unemployment falls y-o-y

30 September 2011

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in August 2011, unchanged compared with July. It was 10.2% in August 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).The unemployment rate in the entire European Un...


UK - Employment fell by -134,000 y-o-y in 2010

30 September 2011

The Office for National Statistics has today published its ‘Business Register Employment Survey 2010 Statistical Bulletin’. Major findings are:• There were 26.8 million employees in the United Kingdom in September 2010, a fall of -134,000 compared with 2009.• The number of employees fel...


Europe - Marked fall in economic sentiment continues

30 September 2011

In September, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) declined strongly by -3.4 points in both the entire European Union (EU27) and the Euro area (EU17), reaching the level of 94.0 and 95.0, respectively. The decrease reflects broad-based cross-sector deterioration in sentiment, with particularly...


Europe - HR managers lack future-proof strategies

30 September 2011

Talent management and leadership development remain the largest HR challenges in Europe. Both topics are rated as highly critical for success by executives, who also report that these issues are insufficiently managed in their current companies. About 60% of companies, the executive survey found,...


UK - EU plans to regulate pensions would harm jobs and growth, says CBI

30 September 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the UK government to resist plans by the European Commission to treat defined pensions schemes as insurance contracts.The business group will argue that imposing inappropriate and costly solvency standards on pensions would harm sponsor compan...