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Ireland - Job vacancies down for sixth month in a row

11 October 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group), registered its sixth consecutive monthly decrease with a -3% fall in available professional jobs in September 2011 from 7,767 to 7,500. Compared with the same time last y...


OECD Countries - Investment sustains GDP growth in Q2 2011

11 October 2011

Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the OECD area grew by +0.3% in the second quarter of 2011. Gross fixed investment was the main contributor, adding +0.2% percentage points to overall growth, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). Fixed investment is th...


UK - BCC points to increased risks facing recovery

11 October 2011

The British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), released today highlights the risks facing Britain's recovery. The new survey, comprising 6,700 responses from businesses across the UK, shows that while many balances are still in positive territory, indicating gro...


UK - Accountants more pessimistic over jobs than HR people hiring them

11 October 2011

Accountants are far more concerned over the state of the jobs market than those people hiring them, according to accountancy recruiter Marks Sattin (part of FiveTen Group).    On a scale of 10 (very optimistic) to -10 (very pessimistic) with 0 representing indifference, accountants sc...


UK - Michael Page sees profits rise but UK flat, announces new Chairman

10 October 2011

Group gross profit was up by +26.5% from 112.8 million Pounds in Q3 2010 to 142.7 million Pounds in Q3 2011 at Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the specialist recruitment consultancy. In constant currency, group gross profit was up by +21.8%.An interim management statement for the three...


UK - Savile's revenues up but makes significant losses

10 October 2011

Revenues were up by +9% from 8.2 million Pounds in 2010 to 8.9 million Pounds in 2011 at Savile Group Plc (SAVG.LSE), the AIM quoted Human Resources consulting firm, specialising in outplacement, career transition and talent management.Preliminary audited results for the year ended 30 June 2011 r...


Greece - Job security and stability outweigh level of pay

10 October 2011

Employee expectations change in times of financial crisis, according to a survey by staffing agency Adecco Greece, translated into English by the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO).The survey found that a sense of security and stability was the most important characteristic that 32% o...


UK - Growth plan should include temporary halt to public sector job cuts, says CIPD

10 October 2011

The government contends that its programme of public sector job cuts is modest and manageable, relative to the overall level of public sector employment and given that the vast bulk of job losses won't occur until late in the current Parliament. As a result, ministers do not expect public sector...


Netherlands - Sickness absence higher in large companies

10 October 2011

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was 4.1% in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 4% in Q2 2010. This is the equivalent of 1 in every 25 employees being off work because of illness. It was lowest among workers in the hotel and restaurant sector: 2.5%, according to...


UK - Solvency II forces actuaries back on skills shortage list

10 October 2011

A shortage of actuaries to deal with Solvency II projects has forced the UK government to relax its visa rules, says ReThink Recruitment, the business and technology staffing firm.   Solvency II is an European Union (EU) wide directive that overhauls capital and reporting requirements for i...