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UK - Prospects for temporaries deteriorate despite private sector jobs growth

14 November 2011

The tentative private sector jobs recovery is continuing, but firms are scaling back on temporary staff following the introduction of new agency workers rules, and serious risks to the employment outlook remain, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and recruitment specialists...

Germany - U-turn on nationwide minimum wage

14 November 2011

Just in time for today's Party Conference, top politicians of Angela Merkel's Conservative Party (CDU/CSU) have agreed to propose the introduction of a nationally binding minimum wage to both the conference and their smaller Free Democrat coalition partner (FDP).

Traditionally, Germany does not have a...

UK - Braced for a slow, painful employment contraction

14 November 2011

UK employers are scaling back on all employment-related operations, with fewer organisations planning to offshore jobs abroad and recruit overseas workers against a backdrop of less recruitment and fewer redundancies. This is the key finding from the latest autumn Labour Market Outlook report published...

Denmark - Jobindex's revenues up +24% in Q3 2011

14 November 2011

Revenues were up by +24% from 2.6 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 3.2 million Euro in Q3 2011 at Jobindex A/S (JOBNDX:CPH), the Denmark-based internet job board.

Profit before tax rose by +22% from 1.1 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 1.3 million Euro in Q3 2011.

During the first three quarters of the year, revenues...

World - Talent mobility strategy to combat skills gap

14 November 2011

One in four employers worldwide seeks solutions to skills shortages by looking to foreign talent in particular job categories. Engineers and workers in skilled manual trades are in high demand and these roles are most often filled by foreign talent, according to an insight paper entitled 'Borderless...

UK - Top managers warn against hoarding cash and ignoring growth

14 November 2011

Businesses should resist the current temptation to hoard cash and ignore growth opportunities, say senior directors and managers polled by Interim Partners, the provider of interim managers to the private sector.
The survey of 900 interim executives found that the top priority for UK PLCs should...

France - Agency temporary jobs up +4.2% in September

11 November 2011

The seasonally adjusted number of agency temporary employees was up by +2.1% or up by +13,500 year-on-year to 646,200 in September 2011 when compared with September 2010, according to the latest data published by the government's official job centres (Pôle Emploi).

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

Italy - Eurociett urges government to remove restrictions to agency work

11 November 2011

On 9 November 2011, ASSOLAVORO, the Italian member of the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), held its annual conference in Rome on the role of private employment agencies in the changing labour market.

Eurociett President, Annemarie Muntz, addressed an audience of over...

Europe - Labour markets expected to stagnate in 2012

11 November 2011

European Union (EU) growth will remain at a near standstill during 2012 and return to slow growth in 2013. Unemployment is forecast to remain at the current high levels. All main indicators point to a stalled recovery with considerable downside risks, according to the Autumn Economic Forecast published...

Switzerland - Vote to establish highest minimum wage in the world

11 November 2011

The Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB) claims that it has secured sufficient signatures under the Swiss constitution to require the holding of a referendum on the establishment of a national minimum wage, the Federation of European Employers (Fedee) reports.

The proposal for a monthly wage of 4,000...