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UK – Further Education boosts economy by +75 billion Pounds

31 March 2011

New research shows that people with Further Education (FE) qualifications generate an additional 75 billion Pounds for the economy over their lifetimes, with Apprenticeships generating around 40 Pounds for each Pound of government investment.The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)...


UK – Take up offer of training or lose unemployment benefits

31 March 2011

Jobseekers will be given training to gain new skills, but will face having their benefits stopped if they refuse the offer of help, Employment Minister Chris Grayling has announced.   Benefit claimants whose lack of relevant skills is a significant barrier to work will get the support they...


Spain – 'High risk' construction closed again for temporary agencies

30 March 2011

In a new collective bargaining agreement, unions (Fecoma-CCOO and MCA-UGT) and employers (CNC and Confemetal), have effectively closed the door again, which the government has only just opened for temporary employment agencies in the construction sector. Unions and employers have agreed to ban te...


Germany – Young adults are problem group in labour market

30 March 2011

Young adults in Germany between the age of 25 and 29 face an unemployment rate of more than 18%, according to a recent joint Bertelsmann Foundation/IZA study. This makes them one of the most troubled demographic groups in the German labour market.The study takes issue with the popular notion that...


UK – Shareholder pressure keeps lid on executive pay

30 March 2011

FTSE 350 executives will see minimal, if any, increases in base pay this year, according to a survey of senior reward professionals and accompanying analysis of company reports and accounts, published by professional services firm PwC. The findings come ahead of the AGM season, when executive pay...


Norway – Payroll rise expected to be +3%

30 March 2011

Negotiations for the annual pay round have commenced this week between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (LO), the Federation of European Employers reports.Although employers have called for a +1.5% increase in national minimum rates, it...


International – Good looks make you more successful

30 March 2011

New research carried out in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada by the Labour Market Institute (IZA) in collaboration with the University of Texas, reveals that an attractive personal appearance makes workers generally more successful than their less attractive contemporaries and raises personal h...


Spain – Top jobs require foreign languages

30 March 2011

New analysis by staffing agency Randstad Spain reveals that 75% of so-called 'senior appointments' in Spain require candidates to be able to speak at least one foreign language.The ability to speak English increases the likelihood of being hired into a senior position by +44%.Most companies requi...


UK – CIPD welcomes Employee Engagement Taskforce

30 March 2011

Yesterday's launch by the Prime Minister and the Business Minister of a new Employee Engagement Taskforce has a crucial role to play in boosting UK competitiveness and building a recovery that lasts, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which will be actively...


Italy – Gi Group acquires right4staff

29 March 2011

Gi Group, the largest Italian-owned staffing agency, has acquired independent UK-based recruitment company right4staff.In 2010, Gi Group generated revenues in excess of 800 million Euro. The company has more than 350 branches worldwide, about 2,000 employees and, with this latest acquisition, now...