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UK - Employee engagement key to avoiding mass strike action, says CIPD

7 June 2011

With reference to Business Secretary Vince Cable's speech at the GMB union's conference yesterday, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) urges government to build public sector leadership and management skills and improve communication and consultation to help stave off the...


Russia - Falling behind other BRIC economies

7 June 2011

The Russian Federation has been falling behind other large emerging BRIC economies, China, India and Brazil as productivity has been stagnating. However, the country has the potential to grow at similar levels to the other BRICs, provided it takes policy action to raise competitiveness, according...


Greece - Pensions for the dead highlight Greek tragedy

7 June 2011

New data cross-checks ordered by the Greek government have revealed that almost 4,500 deceased civil servants have continued to receive their pensions burdening the tax payer with more than 16 million Euro, according to Labour Minister Louka Katseli.The government has promised a crackdown on soci...


UK - Small firms would take on more staff if NICs were reduced

7 June 2011

Small firms would employ new staff if the government reduced National Insurance Contributions (NICs), new figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) confirm.Small businesses continue to be stifled by challenges that affected them during the recession, including late payments from other...


Belgium/France - Adecco receives fine for racism

6 June 2011

According to Belgian Newspaper, De Standaard, the Court of First Instance of Brussels has sentenced staffing agency Adecco Belgium to pay 25,000 Euro to SOS Racisme and a symbolic fine of one Euro to the socialist union, ABVV, for racist practices in employment.The case goes back as far as 2001 w...


Italy - Agency employment up +25.1%

6 June 2011

The seasonally adjusted sum of wages paid to agency temporary employees was up by +25.1% in April 2011 compared with April 2010, according to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).Month-on-month,...


UK - Job opportunities down but +18% up y-o-y

6 June 2011

Job opportunities across the country slipped back for the second month running, down -4 Index points (-3%) in May 2011 compared with April 2011, according to the latest Job Index published by job board reed.co.uk, which stands at 121. Salaries for new jobs have also slipped down, and are now -2%...


Austria - Less red tape due to skills shortages

6 June 2011

The Association of Austrian Industry (IV) has welcomed the proposals by Science and Research Minister, Karlheinz Töchterle, to simplify the recognition process for professional qualifications, which were obtained outside Austria.The Minister proposes that there should in future only be one organi...


Slovakia - 50% are unhappy with their jobs

6 June 2011

Only 14% of Slovak employees are strongly committed to their work and devoted to their employers, according to a new survey carried out by research firm GfK.The report finds that only 9% of the 19 to 39 year olds in Slovakia are strongly motivated to carry out their work. One in four says that th...


UK - Prime People's profitability up despite reduced revenues

3 June 2011

Revenues were down by -1.6% from 14.18 million Pounds in 2010 to 13.95 million Pounds in 2011 at Prime People Plc (PRP:LSE), the real estate, infrastructure and customer insights recruitment specialist.Results for the year ended 31 March 2011 reveal that revenues generated in the UK were down fro...