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France - Unemployment falls slightly in Q2 2011

2 September 2011

The average unemployment rate in France, excluding the overseas dominions, was down by -0.2 percentage points in Q2 2011 to 9.1% or down to 2.6 million individuals when compared with Q2 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INS...


Italy - Wages up +1.8% y-o-y in H1 2011

2 September 2011

During the period January to July 2011 the hourly wage index and the per employee index increased by +1.8% compared with the same period of the previous year, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (Istat).In July 2011 both the hourly wage index and the pe...


UK - Hays sees strong international growth tempered by lacklustre UK

1 September 2011

In its results announced this morning for the year ended June 2011, revenues were up by +21% from 557.7 million Pounds in 2010 to 672.1 million Pounds in 2011 at Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the second largest staffing agency in the UK. On a like-for-like basis (LFL) revenues were up by +18%.Operating pro...


France - Groupe CRIT acquires US-based PeopleLink

1 September 2011

Groupe CRIT (CRIT:PAR), the temporary staffing, airport assistance and industrial maintenance group, has announced the acquisition of a 75% controlling shareholding in PeopleLink, LLC, an Indiana, South Bend-based US staffing company. As a result of the acquisition, Groupe CRIT gains access to th...


UK - HCL concerned about shareholder revolt

1 September 2011

The board of beleaguered staffing agency Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL) has noted recent speculation prompted by statements from their shareholder Arundel LLC (a US hedge fund) which, although addressed to the company, have been distributed to the UK media and through the Regulatory News Service of...


Switzerland - Adecco completes Drake Beam Morin acquisition

1 September 2011

Having received all necessary regulatory approvals, Adecco SA (ADEN:VTX), the global leader in Human Resource services, has successfully completed the acquisition of US-based Drake Beam Morin, Inc.Combining Adecco's Lee Hecht Harrison business with Drake Beam Morin considerably expands Lee Hecht...


World - North America ahead of Europe in performance management

1 September 2011

Lumesse, the provider of talent management solutions, (previously StepStone Solutions) has announced the results of its Performance Management Assessment Tool, which reveal companies in the US and Canada as overall global leaders in employee performance management.Based on assessments by 500 busi...


UK - Organisations lack leadership

1 September 2011

Effective leadership is important to long term business success. Yet new research from talent management consultancy, DDI, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK Highlights: Global Leadership Forecast, reveals that only a third (36%) of UK leaders and one in five (18%...


Ireland - 60% of professionals work longer hours than agreed

1 September 2011

60% of Irish professionals work longer hours than contractually agreed with their employers, according to a recent survey by specialist professional recruitment consultancy, Robert Walters. Almost 600 Irish professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging from work/li...


UK - BCC reduces growth forecast until 2012, expects improvement thereafter

1 September 2011

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today published its new Quarterly Economic Forecast, downgrading its prediction for UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2011 and 2012. Though growth is expected to be weaker over the short-term, the new forecast predicts a gradual improvement, and...