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Switzerland - Labour market hardly affected by weaker economy

28 September 2011

For 2012, the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF), expects the Swiss economy to slow down. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will climb by +1.5%, following a +2.3 % increase in the current year. The dampers on growth are the weak US economy, the debt crisis in Europe and the persisting strength of the Swis...


UK - Highams proposes acquisition of Nakama

27 September 2011

Highams Systems Services Group Plc (HSS:LSE), the recruitment consultancy and niche provider of technology, business and professional services to the insurance and financial services sectors, has announced the proposed acquisition of Nakama Limited, a technology recruitment business operating fro...


Germany - Minister continues his crusade against agency employment

27 September 2011

The Business Minister of the Federal State of Thuringia (Thüringen), Mathias Machnig (Social Democrat), has announced his intention to exclude companies, which employ agency temporary employees, from the labour cost subsidies system of the European Social Fund (ESF).The move follows the Minister'...


France - Unemployment up +2.3% y-o-y in August

27 September 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in August 2011 was up by +2.3% to 2,754,500 compared with August 2010. Compared with the previous month, it was down by -0.1% or down by -2,000 individuals, according to the latest data published by DARES on...


UK - Financial services start-ups using interim managers to help win FSA approval

27 September 2011

  Increased uncertainty over regulatory approval means that financial services start-ups are making greater use of interim managers to help them win Financial Services Authority (FSA) approval, says Interim Partners, the provider of interim managers.   The FSA implemented a tougher reg...


G20 Countries - Warns of serious job shortfall by 2015

27 September 2011

The slow-down in the global economy could result in a massive jobs shortfall among G20 members by next year, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warns in a joint study prepared with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) at the request of the G20 for its labour...


UK - New regulation will cost businesses 45 million Pounds

27 September 2011

Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has responded to the publication of the government's second Statement of New Regulation, "this statement shows that ministers have failed to stem the flow of new regulation, even on their own...


Germany - Consumer climate defies fears of recession

27 September 2011

Consumer sentiment in Germany remained inconsistent in September. Income expectations improved from an already high level, but slight declines were recorded in economic expectations and willingness to buy. Following a value of 5.2 points in September, the overall indicator is also forecasting a v...


Europe - Business schools play a vital role in gender balance

27 September 2011

European Union (EU) Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has met with leaders of Europe's business schools to discuss how to improve the gender balance in company boardrooms by encouraging more young women to follow a career in business.The meeting brings together deans of European business school...


Germany - Staffing agencies confident about Q4 2011

26 September 2011

81.1% of agency temporary employees have a permanent employment contract with their staffing agency and 89.5% work full-time, according to the first edition of the new barometer of the medium-sized temporary employment agency sector, published today by the Interest Grouping of German Temporary Em...