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Netherlands – Unemployment forecast to fall to 4% in 2012

23 March 2011

The Dutch economy is projected to grow by +1.75% in 2011 and by +1.5% in 2012, according to the 'Central Economic Plan 2011', published by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).These modest growth figures are not sufficient to catch up on the loss in growth sustained during th...


Switzerland – Hourly productivity improves by +1.1%

23 March 2011

The hourly productivity rate in Switzerland has increased by +1.1% in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to the latest 'Productivity Index' published today by research institute BAKBASEL on behalf of Swiss press agency ATS.As a comparison, Gross Domestic Product grew by +2.6% during the same p...


Luxembourg – Unemployment falls to 6.3% in February 2011

23 March 2011

The business climate committee (Comité de Conjoncture) of the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg announces that the number of unemployed who are resident in Luxembourg and registered with the job centres (ADEM) was down by -2% or up by -319 individuals to 15,322 in February 2011 when com...


Switzerland – Burgunder named new HR Swiss President

23 March 2011

The Swiss Association for Human Resources Management (HR Swiss) has appointed Urs Burgunder as President.Burgunder was born in the Swiss capital Berne. He is an HR specialist and has been working for staffing agency Kelly Services in Neuchâtel for 17 years.Burgunder replaces the previous presiden...


UK – Morson struggles with difficult trading environment, lost contracts and margin erosion

22 March 2011

Annual revenues were up by +4.8% from 436.6 million Pounds in 2009 to 457.6 million Pounds in 2010 at Morson Group Plc (MRN:LSE), the provider of technical engineering personnel and project design solutions.Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2010 show that acquisitions contributed...


Netherlands – Agency employment up +12%

22 March 2011

In period 2 of 2011 (weeks 5 to 8) the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +12% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +11%, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Association of...


UK – Adecco urges Chancellor to reduce complexity of AWR

22 March 2011

Ahead of tomorrow's Budget, Andy Smith, Head of Regulation and Employment Law at staffing agency Adecco, has called on Chancellor (Finance Minister), George Osborne to remove barriers to temporary employment and reduce the complexity of the European Union's Agency Workers Regulation (AWR), which...


Germany – BZA speaks out against discrimination against temporary employment

22 March 2011

The Subcommittee on labour and social affairs of the German Parliament (Bundestag) has asked Volker Enkerts, the President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA), to comment on the reform of labour market legislation in his capacity as an industry specialist.Enkerts has comment...


Belgium – Outplacement activity up +13.9% in 2010

22 March 2011

Outplacement activity was up by +13.9% from 15,577 outplacements in 2009 to 17,749 outplacements in 2010 according to the latest data published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).The placement rate, i.e the percentage of people who found a job at the end of their outplacement, wa...


UK – Flexible working is no longer the exception

22 March 2011

Four fifths of companies in the UK are now offering their staff flexible working, according to new research amongst 4,000 UK companies commissioned by workplace provider Regus.However, the research highlights that trust remains a major hurdle for many companies: 38% of UK businesses only offer th...