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France - Unemployment falls slightly y-o-y in Q3 2011

1 December 2011

The average unemployment rate in France was down from 9.4% in Q3 2010 to 9.3% in Q3 2011. There were on average 2.3 million unemployed individuals in France during Q3 2011, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE). In France plus the overseas dominions, the combined...

UK - High pay only justified by outstanding performance, says CBI

1 December 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has today called for action to boost the link between executive pay and performance to further strengthen the current system of corporate governance.

Responding to the government's discussion paper on executive remuneration, the UK's leading business group said...

Sweden - Private sector labour costs rise faster for wage earners

1 December 2011

Labour costs in the private sector have increased by +2.4% for wage-earners and by +1.4% for salaried employees in September 2011 compared with September 2010, according to the latest analysis published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).

The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in September 2011 was...

France - Agency employment falls by -0.4% y-o-y in October

30 November 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was down by -0.4% in October 2011 compared with October 2010, according to the latest Employment Barometer published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).

In October 2011, 42.7% of agency temporary employees were...

Sweden - Wise Group makes public offer to acquire Resurs

30 November 2011

Wise Group AB (WISE:STO), the Sweden-based provider of services and tools in the area of Human Resources Management (HRM), today announces a public offer to shareholders of Resurs Bemanning CNC AB (RESB:STO), the Sweden-based employment agency group, to acquire all outstanding shares in Resurs.

Wise offers...

France - TalentSoft merges with RFlex

30 November 2011

TalentSoft, the Paris-based Software as a Service (SaaS) Integrated Talent Management services provider, has merged with RFlex, the e-recruitment and mobility solutions firm.

Following a 3 million Euro fundraising initiative, the merger confirms the intention of TalentSoft and its shareholders, Seventure...

Austria - Agency wages to rise by +4.15% in January 2012

30 November 2011

The Business Chamber of Austria (Wirtschaftskammer) and the Pro-GE union have signed a new collective bargaining agreement (Kollektivvertrag) on minimum wages for agency temporary employees.

It was decided that from 1 January 2012 onwards, average wages for agency temporary employees will be raised by...

Europe - Unemployment rises but national disparity is huge

30 November 2011

The Euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.3% in October 2011, compared with 10.1% in October 2010. It was 10.2% in September 2011.

The entire European Union (EU27) unemployment rate was 9.8% in October 2011, compared with 9.6% in October 2010. It was 9.7% in September 2011, according...

Europe - Economic sentiment resumes decline

30 November 2011

In November 2011, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) declined by -1 point in the European Union (EU27) and by -1.1 points in the Euro area, dipping to 92.8 and 93.7, respectively, according to the latest data published by the European Commission (EC).

The decline resulted from a broad-based deterioration...

Netherlands - Medical sector drags down staffing industry growth

29 November 2011

In weeks 41 to 44 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +1% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +3% compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics, released today, by the Federation of Private Employment...