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Finland - Unemployment falls but not among the young

23 August 2011

In July 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,578,000, which was +29,000 higher than in July 2010. There were +6,000 more employed men and +23,000 more employed women than in July 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus). In July, the employm...


Ireland - Small businesses freeze pay to sustain jobs

23 August 2011

The Small Firms Association (SFA), has launched its 'Quarterly Pay Survey' results, which show that pay levels continue to be frozen in the majority of small businesses (less than 50 employees) around the country, with pay increases only being given as a clear reward for productivity and innovati...


Netherlands - Brunel's Q2 EBIT soars +91%

22 August 2011

Revenues were up by +29% from 167.9 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 217.3 million Euro in Q2 2011 at Brunel International NV (BRNL:AEX), the Netherlands-based staffing and HR services group. At equal rates revenues were up by +31%.Gross profit was up by +27% from 34.1 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 43.5 m...


Germany - Too many agency staff can reduce productivity

22 August 2011

Too much agency temporary employment within any one user company reduces productivity, according to new analysis published by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).The report highlights the positive effects of agency temporary employment on flexibility for employers in terms of coping...


Germany - Staffing industry opens up to 'equal pay' concept

22 August 2011

Vera Calasan, Managing Director of Manpower Germany, believes that the next collective bargaining agreement between staffing agencies and unions to be signed in 2013 will include a so-called 'equal pay' agreement.However, Calasan told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that there are admini...


UK - Digital and social media specialists' pay up significantly

22 August 2011

Senior digital and social media specialists have seen their pay soar by almost 70% over the last three years, according to ReThink Recruitment the business and technology staffing company.   'Head of Search' jobs are now offering average base salaries of approximately 75,000 Pounds per yea...


Finland - 40% of job vacancies are hard to fill

22 August 2011

The number of job vacancies was up from 48,600 in Q2 2010 to 49,800 in Q2 2011, according to the latest data published by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).33,300, or 67%, of the job vacancies in the second quarter of 2011 were in the private sector. Private companies also offered more open job...


UK - HCL announces 56.5 million Pounds loss, investigation results and refinancing

19 August 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, which suspended trading in its shares in January 2011 amid investigations into major financial irregularities, has now finally announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2010, inclu...


UK - Network Group acquires two more staffing companies

19 August 2011

Network Group (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business outsourcing group, has announced the completion of another two acquisitions, bringing the total number of complementary acquisitions completed by the company during the current financial year to six. On 10 August 2011 the group...


Germany - VW to offer permanent jobs to 2,200 agency staff

19 August 2011

The fight over qualified personnel in the labour market continues. Staffing agencies are already finding it difficult to satisfy demand. However, the latest trend is that final hirers are increasingly offering permanent positions to agency temporary employees, thereby reducing the pool of qualifi...