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UK - Managers' optimism for 2012 remains low

16 December 2011

Nearly half of UK managers (43%) are expecting further redundancies in 2012, and over a third of managers (38%) feel insecure in their jobs, according to the annual end-of-year research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  

Over half of the managers surveyed felt that they would be...

Germany - Labour market opening had disappointing results so far

16 December 2011

Despite the opening of the German labour market for workers from eight new Eastern European member countries of the European Union on 1 May 2011 and the desperate shortage of qualified workers in Germany, only 65,300 new workers had arrived from the countries in question by September 2011, according...

World - Robots don't destroy jobs, they protect them

16 December 2011

Who would have thought it, Robots being responsible for job creation? It has been demonstrated repeatedly that automation and robotics increase productivity and efficiency and growth. The Automating Manufacturing Programme, funded by the government aims to increase the competitiveness of UK manufacturing,...

UK - Empresaria appoints Kreulen as CEO

16 December 2011

Empresaria, the international specialist staffing services company, has announced the formal appointment of Joost Kreulen to the company's board of directors as Chief Executive with effect from 1 January 2012. 

Joost replaces Miles Hunt who, also with effect from 1 January 2012, will become a non-executive...

France - Agency employment growth slows y-o-y but still positive

15 December 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was up by +3.5% or up by +20,100 individuals to 587,500 in Q3 2011 when compared with Q3 2010, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf of the French government. 

Quarter-on-quarter, the number of agency temporary employees was down by -2.7%...

Europe - Employment up in Euro area but down in entire EU

15 December 2011

The number of persons employed in the Euro area (EA17) grew by +0.2% but it fell by -0.1% in the entire European Union (EU27) in the third quarter of 2011 compared with third quarter of 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). ...

World - Employee outlook for 2012 shows mixed picture

15 December 2011

In most countries around the globe employees feel slightly positive about 2012. In 21 of the 30 countries surveyed, employees expect to have more disposable income compared to 2011, according to the latest Workmonitor published by Randstad, the world's second largest staffing firm. 

In 18 countries...

UK - Government proposes employment tribunal fees for workers

15 December 2011

Plans to lower the 84 million Pounds cost to the taxpayer, and relieve pressure on businesses, through the introduction of fees for employment tribunals were announced yesterday by Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly. 

There were 218,100 claims to Employment Tribunals in 2010/2011, a +44% increase...

UK - Employers hampered by regulation and lack of skills

15 December 2011

Firms with more than 50 employees have ambitions to grow, but are held back by a lack of skilled workers and burdensome regulation, according to a new report published by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). 

The latest Workforce Survey shows that 52% of firms want to take on more employees before...

Europe - Belgian top salaries lower and less variable

15 December 2011

The average total remuneration of a CEO in a company with a total balance sheet of more than 5 billion Euro (e.g. UCB, Delhaize, Solvay) amounts to 2,275,000 Euro in Belgium, 2,600,000 Euro in France,  2,660,000 Euro in The Netherlands, 3,320,000 Euro in Germany, and 4,600,000 Euro in the United...