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Netherlands - USG People hit by slow growth in the Dutch market

22 July 2011

Revenues were up by +9% from 747 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 815 million Euro in Q2 2011 at Dutch staffing firm USG People (USG:AEX). Acquisitions contributed +0.4% to the growth.Interim results for the three months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that the temporary employment markets continued their po...


UK - Work Group confident that expectations will be met

22 July 2011

Ahead of its close period, Work Group Plc (WORK:LSE), the employer marketing, communications and talent management services provider, has announced that net fee income (gross profit) for the six months ended 30 June 2011 was 6.4 million Pounds, +7% up on the corresponding period last year.In addi...


UK - Businesses failing to prepare for agency worker laws

22 July 2011

With less than three months to go until the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) come into force, research carried out by specialist recruitment consultancy Reed shows that the majority of businesses aren't prepared for the scale of administration that compliance will require.AWR will go live on 1 Oc...


Netherlands - Unemployment at around 5% for sixth month

22 July 2011

Seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 392,000 in June 2011, a reduction of -9,000 when compared with May 2011, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).  Figures published by the Institute for the Implementation of Employees' Insurances (UWV) show that th...


UK - 75% of employers looking to hire more permanent staff

22 July 2011

Business confidence is on the rise again with nearly three-quarters of employers expecting to increase their workforce over the next three months, according to the latest July JobsOutlook, published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). A further 66% are looking to increase the...


Eurozone - Growth slows to near-stagnation in July

22 July 2011

The latest Flash Eurozone Purchasing Managers Composite Output Index (PMI), compiled by research firm Markit, fell from 53.3 in June 2011 to 50.8 in July 2011. The latest reading was the lowest since August 2009 and signalled a near-stagnation of private sector output, the rate of growth having s...


Germany - Business climate index declines

22 July 2011

The business climate in industry and trade worsened noticeably in July 2011 after having improved in the previous month, according to the latest Business Climate Index published by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich.Companies are no longer quite so satisfied with the current busine...


Switzerland - Economic expectations drop significantly

22 July 2011

Economic expectations for Switzerland dropped by -34.6 points to the minus 58.9-point mark in July 2011. This is the lowest level since the beginning of 2009, according to the latest ZEW-CS Index published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in co-operation with Crédit Suisse (CS)....


Netherlands - Randstad offers $771 million for SFN Group

21 July 2011

Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX), the world's second largest staffing firm and SFN Group (NYSE:SFN), a workforce solutions company in North America, have signed a definitive agreement whereby Randstad will acquire SFN Group through a cash tender offer.As a result of the offer, Randstad claims to becom...


International - Robert Half's net income up threefold

21 July 2011

Total revenues were up from $769.1 million in Q2 2010 to $938 million in Q2 2011 at Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialist staffing and risk consulting services group.Interim results for the three months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that gross profit was up from $289.8 mi...