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UK - November City job vacancies fall

5 December 2011

The number of new City job vacancies fell a further -16% in November 2011 says Astbury Marsden, the financial services recruitment firm.
Approximately 2,670 City jobs were created in November 2011, down from the 3,160 created in October.
The decrease in the number of new jobs and the...

Western Europe Annual Review & Predictions for 2012

5 December 2011

Join us on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 at 3pm GMT Time (4pm CET/10am EST/7am PST) for a comprehensive review of the European staffing markets in 2011. A year of shifting market trends, significant strategic acquisitions, dramatic legislative changes, and financial scandals.

We will also be looking ahead...

Netherlands - Randstad reconfirms strategy

2 December 2011

Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX) is currently hosting its analyst & investor conference at its headquarters in the Netherlands. In a statement accompanying the meeting, the company said "we continue to strive for a 5%-6% EBITA margin through the cycle, which we consider achievable in normal market...

UK - SThree's gross profit up +17% driven by non-UK business

2 December 2011

Group gross profit was up by +17% at constant currency (cc) from 166.4 million Pounds in 2010 to 195 million Pounds in 2011 at SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the international specialist staffing firm.

A trading update for the financial year ended 27 November 2011 reveals that UK gross profit for the year increased...

UK - Initio acquires King & Toben and Contact Recruitment

2 December 2011

Privately owned recruitment firm Initio International Ltd has announced the acquisition of King & Toben and Contact Recruitment. After an initial transition period, the businesses will operate under the Longbridge brand, in the UK.
Jonathan Cox, MD of Longbridge Technology, commented "Longbridge...

Ireland - Union position on AWD will damage employment, says Chambers

2 December 2011

Chambers Ireland has called on Unions to support efforts to take cost out of the economy rather than drive costs up. The call comes after the breakdown in talks regarding implementation of the Agency Workers Directive (AWD).

John Forde, Chambers Ireland HR Policy Council Chair, commented "we clearly...

Europe - Germany continues to lead online recruitment

2 December 2011

The latest monthly Employment Index (MEI) for Europe published by job board Monster Worldwide Inc shows a year-on-year growth of +14% in November 2011, matching October's growth rate.

Germany is the only country to exhibit strong annual growth of +30%, followed by improvement in the UK, which records...

Austria - Unemployment still lowest in Europe

2 December 2011

Unemployment rose by +3.7% or by +9,076 individuals to 253,422 in November 2011 when compared with November 2010, according to the latest data published by Austrian Job Centres (AMS).

During the same period, employment rose much faster, namely by +59,000 to a total of 3.4 million.

The official unemployment...

UK - Companies struggling to keep pace with technological advances

2 December 2011

The majority of UK bosses are working longer hours, have higher workloads and are more stressed compared with ten years ago, according to a survey carried out by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), released today. The survey of over 1,300 workers to mark ILM's tenth anniversary, reveals...

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2 December 2011

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