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UK —Pinnacle sets focus on Doctors recruitment following disposal of ailing Agency Nursing and Medical Services

20 September 2010

Pinnacle Staffing Group Plc (PCL:LSE), the healthcare recruitment specialists have published interim results following the sale of their Agency Nursing and Medical Services businesses. Revenues from continuing operations were up from 1.7 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 4 million Pounds in H1 2010....


UK — Spending review must galvanise growth, says CBI

20 September 2010

The Employer organisation Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today calls on the government to protect economic growth in its forthcoming Spending Review. As the government limits spending, it should prioritise areas that foster the economy's ability to grow. The CBI made the call as it publ...


UK — FiveTen Group wins US trade award

20 September 2010

The FiveTen Group has received the emerging, fast growth company award at the 2010 British-American Business Council (BABC) Chicago Annual Awards. The award recognises organisations that have made significant contributions to trade and commerce between the United Kingdom and the United States....


Greece — New law facilitates dismissal and cuts labour costs

20 September 2010

In a further response to the economic crisis, which left Greece on the brink of bankruptcy in early 2010, the government has passed a new labour law that introduces a series of changes of great institutional importance, the European Industrial Relations Observatory reports. The new legislation h...


Italy — Labour market is crying out for workers with foreign language capabilities

20 September 2010

Get a degree in foreign languages and you are guaranteed to get a job in Italy. This is part of the findings of new research carried out by staffing Agency Randstad Italy during the period from January 2009 to April 2010, whereby the academic qualifications of job candidates were correlated with...


Greece — Unemployment rises by +0.1 percentage points to 11.8% in Q2 2010

17 September 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority the number of employed people amounted to 4,426,992 in Q2 2010 while the number of unemployed amounted to 594,032. The unemployment rate was 11.8% compared with 11.7% in Q1 2010 and 8.9% in the correspondi...


Austria — Strong recovery but speed is waning

17 September 2010

After a contraction on -3.9% in the economic crisis year of 2009, Gross Domestic Product is forecast to rise again by +1.6% in 2010 and by +1.4% in 2011. The latest Economic Indicator report published by Bank Austria shows that inflation is forecast to rise to 1.8% in 2010 and to 2.0% in 2011. I...


Italy — Temporary employment up by +20.5% y-o-y in July 2010

17 September 2010

According to the latest data published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, the seasonally adjusted amount of money paid to temporary employees was up by +20% in July 2010 compared to July 2009. Month-on-month, the amoun...


Ireland — Despite economic woes productivity and GDP per capita is among highest in EU

17 September 2010

The latest Measuring Ireland's Progress report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), reveals that the value of GDP fell by -11.3% in 2009. The public balance deficit was 14.3% of GDP, the largest of any EU member state. Government debt increased steeply to 64% of GDP in 2009, having...


Belgium — Under-cover journalists reveal discrimination in temporary staffing agencies

17 September 2010

The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CECLR) has reacted to a television programme broadcast on Wednesday by Flemish television chain VRT in which a bogus client asked eight temporary staffing agencies to provide native Belgian personnel and not to present candidates with f...