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Netherlands – Unemployment unchanged at 5.1% in February 2011

17 March 2011

The number of unemployed was unchanged in February 2011 at 400,000 or 5.1% of the workforce, according to the latest data published today by the Central Statistics Office (CBS).The unemployment rate for men increased from 4.7% in December 2010 to 4.9% in February 2011 whilst the unemployment rate...


Spain – More strikes but less working hours lost

17 March 2011

The number of working hours lost due to industrial action fell by -43.9% to 989.363 in February 2011 when compared to the same month of 2010, according to the latest industrial action report (Informe sobre Conflictividad Laboral) by employer organisation CEOE.The number of strikes, however, was u...


UK – Recovery slow but fiscal consolidation must continue, says OECD

17 March 2011

Economic growth will be subdued this year and next in the United Kingdom, but the government must continue its difficult fiscal consolidation and structural reform programmes to return the economy to a sustainable path, according to the latest UK Economic Survey published by the Organisation for...


Switzerland – Economic expectations brighten up a little

17 March 2011

Economic expectations for Switzerland improved slightly in March 2011 when compared to February 2011, according to the latest Credit Suisse and the Centre for European Economic Research Indicator (ZEW).The indicator climbed by +3.7 points, reaching the -13.5 mark. This picture mainly results from...


UK – REC refutes UCATT claims

17 March 2011

Responding to claims made by the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) that employment agencies appear to be flouting health and safety rules, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has emphasised its members' commitment to the health and safety of the UK wor...


UK – Proposals to reform/abolish IR35 could add millions to employment costs

16 March 2011

The Office for Tax Simplification (part of HM Treasury) has published proposals to reform or abolish IR35, the test which is used to determine a worker's employment status.One of the proposals is that income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) should be merged, thereby removing the ta...


UK – Periscope acquired by Aspire Global Network

16 March 2011

Staffing firm, Aspire Global Network (formerly known as pfj) has acquired a majority stake in Periscope, the specialist recruitment company serving the creative and design sectors.This is the group's third acquisition in as many years. Aspire Global Network now comprises pfj, The Graduate Recruit...


Europe – Labour cost up +2%

16 March 2011

Hourly labour costs in the Euro area (EA16) rose by +1.6% in the year up to the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to +0.9% for the previous quarter. In the entire European Union (EU27), the annual rise was +2.0% up to the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 1.2% for the previous quarter according...


World – People willing to globetrot for the right job

16 March 2011

More than three quarters of respondents around the world would be willing to move for the right job, with 34% prepared to relocate to another country or continent, according to the latest survey from workforce solutions provider, Kelly Services.The findings are part of a new report, The Evolving...


UK – Unemployment slightly up to 7.9%

16 March 2011

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to December 2010 was 70.5%, down -0.3 on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by -68,000 on the quarter to reach 29.12 million, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today by th...