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UK - Sentiment falls as manufacturers re-appraise business plans

28 July 2011

For the first time in two years, optimism regarding the general business situation fell among UK manufacturers, and expectations of slower activity are driving a reappraisal of forward-looking business plans, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).Growth in total orders and prod...


Switzerland - Worsening outlook for growth

28 July 2011

In July 2011, the Economic Barometer, published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) decreased from 2.23 to 2.04. The Swiss economy should display positive but somewhat weaker growth.The Barometer continued its decrease, which started in the previous month. The barometer fell further by -0.19 re...


UK - Impellam's operating profits up +29.6%, seeks acquisitions

27 July 2011

Revenues were up by +0.9% from 544.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 549.4 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Impellam Group Plc (IPEL:LSE), the international provider of staffing solutions, human capital management and outsourced people-related services.Interim results for the 26 weeks ended 1 July 2011...


International - Heidrick & Struggles operating income up but makes a loss in Europe

27 July 2011

Consolidated net revenues were up by +13.3% from $126.1 million in Q2 2010 to $142.8 million in Q2 2011 at Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (HSII:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of executive search and leadership consulting services. Exchange rate fluctuations positively impacted net rev...


Sweden - Poolia profitable again

27 July 2011

Revenues, including Dedicare, were up by from 70.9 million Euro in H1 2010 to 74.7 million Euro in H1 2011 at Poolia AB (POOLB:STO), the Sweden-based temporary and permanent staffing group, which specialises in finance, administration, IT and engineering.Dedicare's shares were successfully distri...


UK - HCL finalising investigations into accounting irregularities

27 July 2011

The board of Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, which suspended trading in its shares in January 2011 amid major financial irregularities, has today confirmed that it is "finalising the investigations into accounting irregulariti...


UK - Job satisfaction ranks behind pay

27 July 2011

A desire to 'increase pay and benefits' has become the number one reason why employees want to change jobs, overtaking 'improving job satisfaction' in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Employee Outlook survey, as the economic downturn continues to erode people's standa...


UK - Socio-economic divide widens

27 July 2011

The share of national income going to the bottom half of earners in Britain has fallen dramatically over the last 30 years, according to new analysis by the independent think tank the Resolution Foundation.Ordinary workers have seen their share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fall by a quarter, a...


Switzerland - Adecco acquires Drake Beam Morin for 149 million Euro

26 July 2011

Adecco SA (ADEN:VTX), the world's largest Human Resources services group, has announced the acquisition of US-based Drake Beam Morin, Inc., the provider of career transition and talent development services, for an enterprise value of 149 million Euro.Combining Adecco's Lee Hecht Harrison business...


UK - CBI calls for new approach to employment law

26 July 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called on the government to fundamentally rethink its approach to employment law in order to bolster workplace flexibility and foster better employment relations.Launching its first ever digital report 'Thinking Positive: the 21st century employment...