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Germany - VW to offer permanent jobs to 2,200 agency staff

19 August 2011

The fight over qualified personnel in the labour market continues. Staffing agencies are already finding it difficult to satisfy demand. However, the latest trend is that final hirers are increasingly offering permanent positions to agency temporary employees, thereby reducing the pool of qualifi...


Netherlands - Unemployment rises marginally to 5.3% in July

19 August 2011

According to the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 413,000 in July, exceeding the 400,000 mark for the first time in 2011.  Figures released by the Institute for the Implementation of Employee Insurance (UWV) show that the nu...


Sweden - Education system fails employers

19 August 2011

Only one in ten employers feel that the Swedish education system prepares students well for the labour market, according to a new report published by research firm Demoskop on behalf of the Teachers Association (Lärarnas Riksförbund) and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv...


Germany - Olympia 'parts company' with MD

18 August 2011

Staffing agency Olympia Germany, which was acquired by Otto Workforce of the Netherlands last year, has "parted company" with its Managing Director Michiel Schlatmann and National Account Manager Sonja Neumann with immediate effect.The group explains that the company's growth targets ha...


Switzerland - Agency employment up +6.4% y-o-y

18 August 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +6.4% in July 2011 when compared with July 2010 according to the latest Swisstemptrend published by the Swiss Union for Employment Services (Swissstaffing).During the entire year of 2010 agency temporary employment grew by +17% compared with 2009 to 271,000 i...


Germany - Employment up +1.4% y-o-y in Q2 2011

18 August 2011

In the second quarter of 2011, the number of persons whose place of employment was Germany amounted to 41 million, which was an increase of +553,000 individuals or +1.4% on a year earlier, according to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). This was the highest level...


Netherlands - Job vacancies marginally up

18 August 2011

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 137,000 job vacancies were open by the end of June 2011, +2,000 more than one quarter previously. The latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that the number of job vacancies has steadily increased since the first quarter of 2010.There were 81...


Portugal - Unemployment falls by -2% q-o-q

18 August 2011

The unemployment rate for Q2 2011 was estimated at 12.1%, down by -0.3 percentage points (pp) compared with the previous quarter. The number of unemployed was estimated at 675,000 individuals, having decreased by -2% (-13,900 individuals) compared with the previous quarter. The number of employed...


World - Recruiting and retention challenges for finance executives

18 August 2011

The accounting and finance employment market in many parts of the world may be in a state of transition, a new study suggests. Financial leaders surveyed for the fifth annual Robert Half Global Financial Employment Monitor reported difficulties finding skilled staff and growing concern about thei...


UK - Employees' nutrition suffers as work pressures and stress prevail

18 August 2011

  Workers' eating habits are suffering due to stress. Although employees and bosses recognise the value of taking a lunch break for wellbeing, longer hours and workplace pressures are stopping staff from taking the breaks they need, according to the new Health of the Workplace report to be...