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World - Workers can get by with a little help from friends

12 August 2011

A poll conducted by Monster Worldwide shows the fickle nature of work friendships. Thankfully, most of us can depend on friends at work to lend a helping hand when it's needed. 58% would step in if a friend was under-performing at work and they could help. 31% would report their friend to the bo...


UK - 52% of employees work during holidays

12 August 2011

52% of British workers, who are not self-employed, admit to having worked through their holidays. 18% make a regular habit of it, according to research by YouGov on behalf of Croner, the provider of workplace information, software and services (part of Wolters Kluwer). The research also reveals a...


Greece - Unemployment up +36.6% y-o-y in May 2011

12 August 2011

The unemployment rate in May 2011 was 16.6% compared with 12% in May 2010 and 15.8% in April 2011, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority.The number of employed amounted to 4,131,528 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 822,719 an...


Finland - Wages and salaries up +5.8% y-o-y

12 August 2011

The total sum of wages and salaries of the whole economy was +5.8% higher during the period from April to June 2011 than during the same period last year. In June alone, the sum of wages and salaries of the whole economy grew by +5.6% year-on-year. In the April to June period of 2010, the wages a...


Spain - Free movement of Romanian workers temporarily restricted

12 August 2011

Following a request from the Spanish authorities on 28 July 2011, the European Commission (EC) has approved Spain's request to restrict its labour market to Romanian workers until 31 December 2012 due to serious disturbances on its labour market.   These restrictions will apply to activitie...


World - Message by ILO Director-General on international youth day

12 August 2011

Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has issued the following message on the occasion of the International Youth Day, today:"Since Youth Day 2010, from Tahrir Square to Puerta del Sol young women and men have been central actors in a broad-based soci...


World - Kelly's Q2 profit soars but loses market share in the UK

11 August 2011

Revenues were up by +16.2% from $1.2 billion in Q2 2010 to $1.4 billion in Q2 2011 at staffing agency group Kelly Services Inc. (KELYA:NSQ). Interim results for the 13 weeks ended 4 July 2011 reveal that gross profit was up by +17.6% from $191 million in Q2 2010 to $224 million in Q2 2011.Net ear...


UK - Agency Workers Regulations corrected

11 August 2011

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) welcomes the amendments to the Agency Workers Regulations. Contained in the Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2011, the amendments correct a drafting error in Regulation 14 of the original Agency Workers Regulations 2010 and add in more det...


Europe - Netherlands have lowest youth unemployment

11 August 2011

9.1% or 430,000 young people aged 15 to 24 years were unemployed in Germany in June 2011, according to the latest analysis published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the occasion of the International Youth Day on 12 August 2011.Adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, Germany h...


Netherlands - Unemployment among 25 to 45 year old men doubles

11 August 2011

The number of unemployed men in the 25 to 45 years age group has more than doubled over the past three years from 46,000 in the second quarter of 2008 to 99,000 in the second quarter of 2011. 25 to 45 year old men have therefore suffered most from the economic crisis, according to the latest dat...