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Sweden – Labour force grew in 2010

25 February 2011

+55,000 more persons were in the labour force in 2010 compared to 2009 according to Statistics Sweden (SCB).On average, 4,546,000 persons were employed, an increase of +47,000. The number of unemployed amounted to 416,000 which corresponds to 8.4% of the labour force.The total number of hours wor...


Norway – Unemployment at 3.4%

25 February 2011

Between September and December 2010, the number of employed persons rose by +18,000. The unemployment rate in December 2010 was 3.4%, according to the  latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Norway (SSB).Adjusted for seasonal variations, the number of unemployed persons was reduc...


Europe – London has highest GDP

25 February 2011

The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), has published regional GDP per inhabitant levels expressed in terms of purchasing power standards for the entire European Union (EU27), which ranged from 28% of the EU27 average in the region of Severozapaden in Bulgaria, to 343% of the ave...


UK – GDP revised downwards in Q4 2010

25 February 2011

On the same day as it was announced that London had the strongest regional GDP in Europe, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revised UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) downwards by -0.1%. In volume terms, GDP decreased by -0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the previous estimate o...


Europe – Economic sentiment on the rise

25 February 2011

After pausing in January 2011, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) resumed its upward trend in February 2011 in both the European Union (EU) and the Euro area. The indicator increased strongly, climbing by +1.4 points to 107.2 in the EU and by +1 point to 107.8 in the Euro area. A significant...


UK – Immigration cap hampers hiring

25 February 2011

Demand for migrant workers has increased despite rising levels of unemployment, with more than a fifth of employers planning to recruit migrant workers in the first quarter of 2011.These are the findings of the latest study on skills, migration and off-shoring in the Labour Market Outlook report...


UK – Impellam board changes

25 February 2011

Impellam Group Plc (IPEL:LSE), the international provider of staffing solutions, human capital management and outsourced people-related services, as part of the continued repositioning of the group, today announces that Noël Harwerth, John Rowley and Valerie Scoular are stepping down from the Boa...


UK – Capita revenue growth subdued

24 February 2011

Revenues were up by +2% from 2.687 billion Pounds in 2009 to 2.744 billion Pounds in 2010 at Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services.Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2010 reveal that underlying operatin...


UK – 13% distrust their line manager

24 February 2011

New research carried out by performance development consultancy Lane4 shows that the wave of redundancies, restructuring and changes in senior leadership in UK companies over the last 12 months has led to 13% of workers actively expressing distrust in their line manager with 21% trusting them les...


Germany – Agency personnel means flexibility not wage dumping

24 February 2011

Car manufacturing giants Volkswagen (VW) and Daimler (Mercedes) have commented on today's national demonstrations against the fact that 'equal pay for equal work' has not been adopted by the government. Instead, a nationally binding minimum wage for temporary employees was agreed by the coalition...