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Finland – Open job vacancies up +49%

16 February 2011

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), there were 32,700 open job vacancies in the last quarter of 2010, which was +49% more than one year earlier (21,900). The measurement for the last quarter was taken on 1 December 2010. In the whole of 2010, there were +23%...


Europe – Bad weather subdued growth in Q4 2010

16 February 2011

Eurozone economic growth failed to accelerate, as many had expected, towards the end of last year. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was unchanged in Q4 on the sluggish +0.3% quarterly rate of increase seen in Q3, according to economic research firm Markit.Growth disappointed in Germany, France...


Germany – Economic expectations remain stable

16 February 2011

The Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has remained almost unchanged in February 2011. The indicator has climbed by +0.3 points and now stands at 15.7 points. This value is below the indicator's historical average of 26.7 point...


Europe – Youth unemployment at its highest

16 February 2011

The unemployment rate in the European Union (EU) has remained unchanged at 9.6% since February 2010 according to the latest Labour Market Factsheet published by the European Commission.The year-on-year rise, which has been narrowing since the autumn 2009, closed to 0.1 percentage points (pps) in...


UK – Reactions to Immigration announcement

16 February 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has commented on the government's announcement on how Tier 2 will operate under the permanent immigration cap, which comes into force from 6 April.Neil Carberry, CBI Head of Employment policy, said "this announcement of new rules for the immigratio...


Ireland – Counter-offers return

16 February 2011

Substantial salary rises offered by employers to accountants who tell them they are resigning to take a new job will cost Irish companies 20 million Euro in 2011, according to research by accountancy and finance recruiter Marks Sattin Ireland (part of Five Ten Group).One in every five finance wor...


Sweden – SJR revenues up in all operating units

15 February 2011

Revenues were up from 15.21 million Euro in 2009 to 20.21 million Euro in 2010 at SJR in Scandinavia AB (SJRB:STO), the financial services specialist staffing group.Interim results for the fourth quarter and entire year of 2010 reveal that operating profit for the year was up from 468,000 Euro in...


France – Agency employment up +20.1%

15 February 2011

Year-on-year, agency temporary employment was up by +20.1% or up by +110,400 individuals to 659,400 in 2010 when compared to 2009 despite a month-on-month fall in December 2010 by -0.8% or -5,600 individuals.The latest statistics published by the government's official job centres (Pôle Emploi) re...


Switzerland – Agency employment up +26.5%

15 February 2011

Agency temporary employment has grown by +26.5% in January 2011 when compared to January 2010 according to the latest Swisstemptrend published by the Swiss Union for Employment Services (Swissstaffing).This takes agency temporary employment way above the levels of the two previous years.However,...


Italy – Online sales and marketing opportunities in abundance

15 February 2011

Sales and Marketing have not suffered anywhere near as much from the economic crisis as other professions in Italy, Corriere della Sera newspaper reports.Luca Tofanelli, Head of Sales and Marketing at search and selection specialist agency Page Personnel (part of Michael Page), told the newspaper...