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Netherlands - Employment and economy both up in Q2 2011

22 September 2011

Employment was up by +0.6% or up by +51,000 individuals in Q2 2011 when compared with Q2 2010, according to new data published today by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).Quarter-on-quarter, employment was up by +25,000 individuals in Q2 2011 when compared with Q1 2011.The number of jobs grew in trade,...


UK - Eurostaff's annual profits up by +155%

22 September 2011

Specialist International Recruitment company Eurostaff Group has reported increased pre-tax profits for the year ended 31 March 2011 of +155% to 1.8 million Pounds when compared with the same period of 2010.Mark Znowski, Joint Managing Director, commented "the last financial year was about r...


UK - Private sector use of interim management back to pre-recession levels

22 September 2011

The private sector's use of interim managers is nearly back to pre-recession levels, which peaked at a 70/30% split in favour of the private sector.   New figures for Q2 2011 from the Interim Management Association (IMA) obtained by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), reve...


OECD Countries - Unit labour costs continue to rise in Q2 2011

22 September 2011

 Unit labour costs (ULCs) in the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) show a +0.6% rise in the second quarter of 2011, the third consecutive quarterly increase, according to early estimates from the OECD.ULCs rose by +0.8% in the Euro area an...


UK - Fragile economic recovery continues to impact UK salaries

22 September 2011

The aftermath of the financial crisis and the subsequent downfalls in the UK and Continental European economies have had a significant impact on employees’ salaries which are increasing, but below inflation according to  the ‘Salary Increase Survey 2011’ published by Aon Hewitt, the global h...


UK - Women are natural entrepreneurs

22 September 2011

A significant percentage of female entrepreneurs (44%) believe their business talents cannot be learnt as they possess an inherent skill set innate to their gender.  In research undertaken by specialist small business insurer Hiscox, the results found that 82% of female entrepreneurs qu...


Italy - Agency employment up +17.3%, stronger growth among men

21 September 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was up by +17.3% from 245,880 in Q2 2010 to 288,442 in Q2 2011, according to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).Quarter-on-quarter, the number of agency...


Spain - ManpowerGroup first to receive permission to work with job centres

21 September 2011

ManpowerGroup Spain is the first staffing group in the country to be officially authorised by the Ministry of Employment to work side-by-side with the government's job centres (SEPE previously INEM) in order to find jobs for the unemployed.The authorisation is for an initial period of five years...


Europe - 12 ways to boost job growth

21 September 2011

Asking for labour market reform to spur competitiveness, the European business federation (BusinessEurope) has identified a number of ready-to-use actions, which could bring the European Union (EU) back to work and lead the 27-country bloc closer to its strategic goal of raising the employment ra...


UK - Flexible working voted top benefit by majority of staff

21 September 2011

According to a recent poll by executive search and selection recruiter Expand, 48% of employees value flexible working as the top benefit an employer could offer, suggesting that employees are now are seeking a more rewarding work/life balance.   The research, conducted via LinkedIn, found...