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Europe – GDP rises in Q4 2010

3 March 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +0.3% in the Euro area (EA17) and by +0.2% in the entire European Union (EU27) during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with the previous quarter according to the latest figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)....


UK – Women bosses seen as 'ball breakers'

3 March 2011

Too many women bosses in the UK are seen as 'ball-breakers', while male leaders often fail to shine.  A new survey shows that employees want different things from their male and female bosses and still judge them by different standards.The analysis from leadership development experts, Leader...


UK – Robert Walters sees strong international growth

2 March 2011

Revenues were up by +41% from 300.4 million Pounds in 2009 to 424.2 million Pounds in 2010 at Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE), the staffing and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) group. In constant currency, revenues were up by +34%.Results for the year ended 31 December 2010 show that net fee in...


Germany – Staffing agencies can make back payments in instalments

2 March 2011

The Employment Ministry has commented on this week's decision by the Highest Labour Court (BAG) that temporary employment agencies will have to retroactively pay the difference between minimum wages and equal pay for equal work going back to 2005, which were negotiated by the CGZP union and the A...


Germany – Gess & Partner acquires Best Job Group

2 March 2011

Gess & Partner, the provider of temporary employment, recruitment and interim management services, based in Düsseldorf, has acquired Best Job Group, the staffing agency, which specialises in the IT sector.Gess & Partner is 32% owned by Managing Director Dr. Axel von Zimmermann. In Novembe...


Belgium – Agency temporary employment up +3.11% in January 2011

2 March 2011

The latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian temporary employment market published yesterday by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) reveal that the number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in January 2011 was up by +3.11% compared to December 2010.The number of hours...


World – Job markets steadying

2 March 2011

A new survey of hiring and firing trends covering over 14,400 organisations in 47 countries, carried out by international staffing firm Antal, has found that the global recruitment market is steadying.The 'Global Snapshot' asked 14,465 companies in major markets such as Western and Eastern Europe...


UK – Growing concern about skilled migrants policy

2 March 2011

Specialist recruiter Poolia has seen a switch in demand from temporary to permanent placements in January 2011 in stark contrast to the recruitment patterns 12 months ago. January 2011 permanent placements are up by almost +99% whilst short term opportunities are down by almost -10%, in compariso...


Ireland – Obsolete wage agreements should be abolished

2 March 2011

The Human Resources Policy Council of the Irish Chambers of Trade and Commerce (Chambers Ireland) has called for the abolition of obsolete Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) and Registered Employment Agreements (REA) in its submission to the Independent Review of ERO and REA wage setting mechanis...


Sweden – GDP grows +1.2% in Q4 2010

2 March 2011

Seasonally adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +1.2% in Q4 2010 compared to Q3 2010, according to the latest data published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).Household consumption expenditures increased by +4.3% and general government consumption expenditures increased by +4.5%.The change...