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France – Output growth at 6-months high

21 February 2011

The latest Flash France Composite Output Index published by research firm Markit, based on around 85% of normal monthly survey replies, signalled the fastest growth of French private sector output for six months in February 2011. The headline index posted 59.5, up from 57.6 in January 2011.The im...


Switzerland – Economic outlook unchanged in February

21 February 2011

The economic outlook for Switzerland in February 2011 was virtually the same as in the previous month. The relevant Credit Suisse ZEW Indicator edged up marginally by 1.2 points, reaching the -17.2 mark. Overall, 11.4% (+6.1 percentage points) of the experts surveyed forecast an improvement in ec...


UK – Private sector reluctant to take on ex-public sector workers

21 February 2011

The latest Barclays Corporate Job Creation Survey 2011 based on interviews with 500 executives of UK businesses of all sizes reveals that the majority of firms plan to create new jobs this year, but only if sales grow first.57% of companies said they planned to create jobs over the coming 12 mont...


Netherlands – Skilled migrants scheme under review

21 February 2011

The immigration service is to step up its checks on the salaries paid to workers under the skilled migrants scheme to make sure the system is not being abused, Immigration Minister Gerd Leers said last week.People who come to the Netherlands as highly-skilled migrants and are aged 30+ years have...


Portugal – New HSE guide for temporary employment

21 February 2011

The Association of Private Employment Agencies (Apespe) has published a new Guide on Health and Safety at Work (HSE).The guide is designed as a tool for staffing agencies and final employers to enable them to form strategies on the prevention of accidents at work.The guide is also available to te...


Germany – 91% support equal pay for equal work

18 February 2011

The negotiations between the coalition government and the main opposition party on how to deal with the opening of the labour market to temporary staffing agencies from Eastern European member states of the European Union on 1 May 2011 have become a farce.In order to prevent so-called 'wage dumpi...


UK – Transline's revenues up +43%

18 February 2011

Revenues were up by +43% from 25 million Pounds in 2009 to 44 million Pounds in 2010 at privately-owned recruitment firm Transline Resource Group, which specialises in recruiting drivers and industrial staff to temporary and permanent posts.Annual results for the financial year 2010 show that pro...


Germany – Record employment levels

18 February 2011

In the fourth quarter of 2010, the number of persons in employment whose place of residence was Germany amounted to 41.04 million, which was an increase of +422,000 people or +1.0% year-on-year, according to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). This figure reflected...


OECD Countries – GDP growth slows to +0.4%

18 February 2011

Gross domestic product (GDP) in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) area grew by +0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2010, down from the +0.6% growth recorded in the previous quarter.GDP contracted by -0.3% in Japan and by -0.5% in the United Kingdom in the fourth quarter...


UK – Overseas orders boost output growth

18 February 2011

Improving demand for UK-made goods, especially from abroad, has further boosted UK manufacturers' expectations for output growth, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said yesterday.However, manufacturing firms continue to predict a sharp rise in output prices, with expectations at their s...