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UK – Woolley replaces Ketchin as Parity's FD

4 April 2011

Parity Group Plc (PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment and consulting firm has announced the appointment of Alastair Woolley (aged 49), FCA, as an Executive Director of the company with immediate effect. Mr Woolley joins the board as Finance Director and replaces Ian Ketchin who formally resi...


UK – REC comments on AWR guidance to be published today

1 April 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has given an initial assessment of the long awaited Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) guidance which is due to be published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).   Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Pro...


Europe – EU27 unemployment at 9.5%

1 April 2011

The Euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in February 2011, compared to 10.0% in January 2011. It was 10.0% in February 2010.The whole European Union (EU27) unemployment rate was 9.5% in February 2011, compared to 9.6% in January 2011. It was 9.6% in February 2010, accor...


Switzerland – GDP forecast to grow

1 April 2011

The latest 'Economic Barometer' published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF), rose +0.05 points relative to February 2011 (2.19, revised from 2.18) and now shows a reading of 2.24. Thus, in the next few months, the year-on-year growth rate of Swiss Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should remain po...


UK – Reform key to unlocking EU growth

1 April 2011

The government has published a pamphlet Let's Choose Growth setting out why it's time for growth in Europe.In the pamphlet there is a stark warning that if current trends continue, by the middle of the century, leading European Union (EU) nations could fall out of the world's top-10 most powerful...


Ireland – Third level qualifications, work experience and languages in demand

1 April 2011

Amid a challenging labour market and continuing high unemployment, the first annual Vacancy Overview Report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has found that despite the recession and high unemployment levels, some job vacancies continued to arise in 2010, providing positive new...


UK – Seven out of every eight pay deals at 2%

1 April 2011

Seven out of every eight pay settlements recorded between December 2010 and February 2011 were at or above 2%, while two-fifths of deals were at 3% and above, according to the latest data from employment research organisation, IDSThe median settlement for the whole economy is 2.5% in the latest I...


France – 94.4 million Euro fine for staffing agencies confirmed

31 March 2011

France's highest court of appeal (Cour de Cassation) has finally confirmed a decision by the Competition Authority to impose a fine of 94.4 million Euro on staffing agencies Manpower, Adecco, Adia and VediorBis (Randstad) for infringement of competition rules, Le Moniteur reports.The staffing age...


UK – Empresaria achieves growth across all regions but faces challenges in Japan and Germany

31 March 2011

Revenues were up by +17% from 190.5 million Pounds in 2009 to 223.4 million Pounds in 2010 at Empresaria Group Plc. (EMR:LSE), the international recruitment and management services group. In constant currency, revenues were up by +14%.Final results for the year ended 31 December 2010 published to...


World – Manpower Inc. now called ManpowerGroup

31 March 2011

Staffing agency Manpower Inc. is changing its name to ManpowerGroup, reflecting the organisation's global outlook.  ManpowerGroup is also revealing new logos that clearly connect the organisation's working brands together, and reflect how the group of companies is built for solutions and sp...