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Belgium - Alleged discriminatory Adecco recruitment list published

17 June 2011

Following the announcement yesterday that Adecco Belgium will appeal against the fine imposed by the Court of First Instance of Brussels for racist practices in employment, the Labour Party of Belgium (PTB) has now published what it claims to be the original list of job offers used by Adecco Brus...


Germany - Poaching wave for agency staff is rife

17 June 2011

Temporary employment agencies increasingly have to turn down requests for temporary employees due to an acute shortage of qualified workers in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reports.Volker Enkerts, President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously B...


Belgium - Employment in construction up +4.3% y-o-y but industry down

17 June 2011

The gross index of the number of employees in industry, excluding construction, was up by +0.3% to 92.8 (2005: 100) in Q1 2011 when compared with Q4 2010. Compared with Q1 2010 the index was down by -0.7%, according to the General Directorate for Statistics (Statbel).The gross index of the number...


Ireland - Unemployment falls to 14%

17 June 2011

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 14.8% to 14.0% between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 with the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed decreasing by -21,900 (-6.9%) from 317,900 to 296,000 over the same period, according to the latest Na...


UK - EU maternity leave proposals seen as costly and socially regressive

17 June 2011

Chris Grayling, Employment Minister, will visit Brussels today to continue the UK government's lobbying on the Pregnant Workers Directive.Grayling will attend a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) during which the Hungarian Presidency will give an...


OECD countries - Mild loss of growth momentum

17 June 2011

In the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the composite leading indicators (CLIs) designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to a mild loss of growth momentum in most major economies for April 2011, accor...


Europe - Employment up +0.3% in Q1 2011

16 June 2011

The number of persons employed in both the Euro area (EA17) and the entire European Union (EU27) grew slightly in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).In th...


OECD Countries - Unemployment rate drops to 8.1% in April

16 June 2011

The unemployment rate in the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) dropped to 8.1% in April 2011, a -0.1 percentage point fall compared with March 2011 after two months of stability at 8.2%, according to new OECD research. This is a continuation of...


World - Employees acknowledge war on talent and skills mismatch

16 June 2011

The impact of the retiring 'baby-boom' generation combined with declining population growth causes a demographic shift leading to increasing demand and decreasing supply on the labour market. Almost half of the employees acknowledge this trend to have a direct impact on their careers, according t...


UK - 78% of employers plan to increase or maintain agency staff levels

16 June 2011

Employers are predicting that they will be adding to their workforces in both the short and longer-terms, according to the latest JobsOutlook published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).   Despite current economic uncertainties, confidence among employers has steadied...