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France – Working hours amongst the lowest in Europe

12 January 2012

The average working hours in France are amongst the lowest in Europe, according to a study by Coe-Rexecode, a French research institute of economic studies. While in Finland full-time employees enjoy the lowest number of working hours, the French come a close second with 35 hours per week.

The findings...

Germany – Economy grew strongly in 2011

12 January 2012

Price-adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +3% in 2011 compared with the previous year, according to first calculations by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

In the course of 2011, price-adjusted GDP exceeded its pre-crisis level. The economic recovery occurred mainly in the first...

UK – Financial job opportunities in 2011 lower than in 2010

12 January 2012

The latest London Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group), registered a year-on-year decrease in financial services job opportunities of -8% from 61,671 in 2010 to 56,587 in 2011.

Compared with 2009, job availability rose by +36%, although...

UK – Benefits of inclusion versus diversity quotas

12 January 2012

New figures showing the number of female directors in British boardrooms has reached its highest level, suggest that some of the largest companies are embracing the business benefits of diversity. With more organisations recognising the associated benefits of a diverse workforce, mandatory quotas could...

UK – Michael Page's 2011 profits up +25% but slowed in Q4

11 January 2012

Group gross profit was up by +13.4% from 119.9 million Pounds in Q4 2010 to 135.9 million Pounds in Q4 2011 at Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the specialist recruitment consultancy. In constant currency, group gross profit was up by +13.3%.

A full-year and Q4 2011 trading update published today...

UK – HB Human Capital acquires Proactive Technical Recruitment

11 January 2012

Global executive search firm HB Human Capital has acquired Proactive Technical Recruitment, the specialist recruiter who serves a number of private sector markets for an undisclosed amount.

Established in 1999, with offices in both London and Egham, Proactive Technical Recruitment has developed in its...

Switzerland – New collective bargaining agreement for 300,000 agency staff

11 January 2012

A new collective bargaining agreement covering 300,000 agency temporary employees came into effect at the beginning of this year. It is the first agreement of its kind, specialist publication Swissinfo reports.

As from 1 January 2012, staffing agencies will have to pay their temporary employees a minimum...

UK – Temporary staff appointments fall for first time in more than two years

11 January 2012

Recruitment consultants signalled a drop in the number of people placed in permanent jobs for the third successive month in December 2011. The rate of contraction was at a similar modest pace to that seen in November 2001, according to the latest Report on Jobs, published today, by the Recruitment and...

Germany – Government backs agency temporary employment

11 January 2012

The German government has made its views on agency and contingent workers clear, stating in a press release that temporary work offers many opportunities, especially for those who find themselves in permanent unemployment.

This response comes after the opposition party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen has asked...

Germany – Regional politician aims to reduce the number of agency workers

11 January 2012

The German Government may have backed the use of agency staff in the country which it regards as a major means to increase employability and economic activity, but this does not mean that every politician in the heavily federalised state is of the same opinion.

There are already regional agreements in...