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Sweden – More jobs and lower unemployment

15 April 2011

The Swedish labour market continued to strengthen during March 2011. The number of vacancies increased and more people found work according to the latest statistics published by the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).The number of job vacancies advertised by the Employment Ser...


Greece – Unemployment rises to 15.1%

15 April 2011

The unemployment rate in January 2011 was 15.1% compared with 11.3% in January 2010 and 14.8% in December 2010, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority.The number of employed amounted to 4,267,584 persons while the number of unemployed amounted...


Ireland – Highest volume of new professional job opportunities since October 2008

15 April 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) reported a +20% increase in new job opportunities for professionals in Ireland, increasing from 7,100 in February 2011 to 8,550 in March 2011. There was also a significant uplift (+75%) from the March 2010 f...


Germany – GDP forecast to grow by +2.6% in 2011

15 April 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is forecast to grow by +2.6% in real terms in 2011 and by +1.8% in 2012. The majority of the growth (80%) is expected to come from domestic consumption, according to an announcement made yesterday by the Minister for the Economy, Rainer Brüderle.Unemployment is expect...


Switzerland – Economic expectations brighten up

15 April 2011

The Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in co-operation with Credit Suisse (CS), brightened up again in April 2011, with the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator edging up 22.3 points to the 8.8 threshold, moving into positive territor...


Germany – 100,000 immigrants expected after 1 May 2011

15 April 2011

As of 1 May 2011 Eastern Europeans will be working in Germany without any restrictions, German daily Die Welt reports.It is expected that nearly 100,000 immigrants will seek to work in Germany, with half of them arriving from Poland. The European Commission thinks the opening of the labour market...


UK – Employment tribunal system is failing, says CBI

15 April 2011

The employment tribunal system is meant to offer claimants and companies informal, quick and cost-effective judgements, but instead the system is slow, legalistic and antagonistic, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).In its submission to the Government's Resolving Workplace D...


France – Agency employment up by +18.1%

14 April 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +18.1% or by +101,800 individuals to 665,200 in February 2011 compared with February 2010 according to the latest statistics published by the government's job centres (Pôle Emploi).Compared with January 2011, agency temporary employment was up by +2.3% or up...


Netherlands – Rogue staffing agencies fined 24 million Euro

14 April 2011

The Dutch tax authorities have imposed 24 million Euro in fines and back-dated social security premiums on rogue staffing agencies in 2010, the Ministry of Finance reports.The agencies were mainly fined for not declaring all their income, thereby underpaying taxes and premiums, the Ministry said....


Germany – Limiting temporary employment damages the economy, say employers

14 April 2011

The President of the Association of Employers in the Metal Industry (Gesamtmetall), Martin Kannegiesser, has appealed to Federal State governments not to follow the example of the Business Minister for Thuringia, Matthias Machnig (Social Democrat), who has reduced and cut investment subsidies for...