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UK/Norway - Lumesse to acquire Edvantage Group

13 October 2011

Lumesse, the provider of talent management solutions, (previously StepStone Solutions), has announced that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Edvantage Group, the Norway-based e-learning company with offices across Scandinavia, the UK and Benelux.Founded in 1999, Edvantage Group is a so...


Europe - Unemployment has become stuck at 9.5%

13 October 2011

After a clear decrease between October 2010 and March 2011 (-2.4%, -555,000 persons) and an increase in the following three months (+1.0%, +222,000 persons), the number of people looking for work in the European Union (EU) stabilised in July and edged down slightly in August (-0.3%, 62,000 perso...


Germany - Research Institutes warn of threats to economy

13 October 2011

In summer 2011, the outlook for the global economy deteriorated markedly. In Europe in particular, the sovereign debt crisis threatens to escalate into a banking crisis, according to Germany’s leading economic research institutes.This is having increasingly adverse effects on the German economy....


UK - CFOs now bet on overseas expansion and domestic caution

13 October 2011

Mounting uncertainty about the global economic outlook has seen optimism among the chief financial officers (CFOs) of major UK businesses fall for the third quarter in a row. According to the latest CFO Survey published by professional services firm Deloitte, optimism is at its lowest level since...


UK - Minister announces quality standard for National Careers Service

13 October 2011

Skills Minister John Hayes has unveiled an upgraded and improved standard to underpin the new National Careers Service. The Matrix Standard will promote effective delivery of information, advice and guidance to millions of people through the new National Careers Service, which launches next April...


Germany - Agency employment still suffers from bad image

12 October 2011

Agency temporary employment has a serious image problem in Germany. Employees are very clear about what they believe makes a good employer and staffing agencies are simply not regarded as falling into that category, according to new research among 2,078 individuals aged 18 to 65 carried out by Ma...


Belgium - Federgon certifies interim management agencies

12 October 2011

The Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) has for the first time certified interim management agencies in Belgium. Federgon works in close collaboration with Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), which carries out the agency audits.A survey by Professor Van Robaeys conducted earlier th...


UK - Highest unemployment rate since 1996

12 October 2011

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to August 2011 was 70.4%, down -0.3% percentage points on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by -178,000 on the quarter and by -47,000 on the year to reach 29.10 million. This is the largest q...


Europe - Labour demand continued to grow in Q1 2011

12 October 2011

Job offers and hiring have shown an increase (+19 % for vacancies, +24 % for job finders and +12 % for public employment services vacancies) in the first quarter of 2011 compared with same quarter in 2010, according to the October edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, published by the Europea...


UK - September marks a return to stabilisation for jobs market

12 October 2011

The jobs market began to stabilise in September 2011 following the typical lull experienced during the summer months. While the number of new job vacancies continued to fall in September, the rate at which these vacancies are falling month on month has begun to slow across both permanent and tem...