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Italy - Unemployment falls to 8.6% in Q1 2011

4 July 2011

22.9 million persons were employed in Q1 2011, up by +0.5% or up by +116,000 individuals compared with Q1 2010. The employment rate increased to 56.8% (+0.1 points), according to the National Institute of Statistics (Istat).  Unemployed decreased by -118,000 individuals to 2.2 million.The u...


UK - Job opportunities bounce back in June

4 July 2011

Job opportunities across the country have increased, reversing last month's decline, according to the latest Job Index published today by job board reed.co.uk, which stands at 125 in June 2011, +4 index points or +3% up from May 2011. This marks a return back up to April 2011 levels of new job v...


Norway - Oslo city councillor accuses staffing agency of fraud

4 July 2011

Around 100 Filipino nurses staged a protest rally in front of the venue of a forum where an Oslo politician was set to speak about his book on corruption that accuses Filipino-owned recruitment agency, Active Service, Omsorg og Rekruttering (ASOR), of corrupt practices, ABS-CBN News reports.Oslo...


UK - Growth eases but job numbers rise in financial services

4 July 2011

Volumes of business across the UK financial services sector grew in the three months to June 2011, but at a slower pace than in the last three quarters, according to the latest Financial Services Survey published today by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and financial services firm PwC...


UK - Bleasdale sues Healthcare Locums

1 July 2011

Kate Bleasdale, who was sacked from Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm which suspended trading in its shares in January amid major financial irregularities, is suing the crippled company at an employment tribunal for 6 million Pounds c...


France - Strong growth at qualified end of staffing industry

1 July 2011

The number of agency temporary employees rose by +14.8% to 527,147 in 2010 when compared with 2009, according to the latest annual report published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).In full-time equivalent terms, agency temporary employment cre...


Europe - Unemployment falls -0.4% y-o-y

1 July 2011

The Euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in May 2011, unchanged compared with April. It was 10.2% in May 2010. The unemployment rate in the entire European Union (EU27) was 9.3% in May 2011, unchanged compared with April. It was 9.7% in May 2010, according to the latest...


Germany - Indonesian engineers to fill the skills gap

1 July 2011

The shortage of qualified staff is driving the German authorities to desperate measures. The Federal Agency for Labour (BA) and the Society for International Co-operation (GIZ) have now launched a recruitment campaign in Indonesia to lure qualified engineers to Germany. The next step will be a re...


Sweden - Labour cost rises

1 July 2011

The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in April 2011 was 106.9 for wage-earners and 106.5 for salaried employees. Compared with April 2010, labour costs have increased by +2.3% for wage-earners and by +1% for salaried employees, according to data published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).T...


UK - Government needs coherent approach to knowledge economy

1 July 2011

Only the knowledge economy can provide the jobs and balanced growth needed to secure the UK's future prosperity, according to a plan for growth published by The Work Foundation. The report sets out a vision of what a balanced and sustainable economy could look like in 2020 and provides a detailed...