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UK - Highest unemployment rate since 1996

16 November 2011

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to September 2011 was 70.2%, down -0.4 percentage points on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by -197,000 on the quarter and by -109,000 on the year to reach 29.07 million, according to the latest...

Europe - Commissioner calls for stronger focus on jobs

16 November 2011

The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, has called for a reinforced focus on job creation as Europe struggles to stave off the worsening economic outlook.

In an address to the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalisation of the  International...

UK - Shift in priorities for reward professionals

16 November 2011

78% of reward professionals continue to be concerned about the ability of their organisations to manage reward risks, according to the annual Reward Risks Survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In particular, they are concerned about achieving the balance between affordability...

UK - Stress related employment claims in the City soaring

16 November 2011

Legal claims by employees in the City who have suffered from stress are reaching record levels, according to GQ Employment Law, the specialist employment law firm.

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that 18,000 workers in UK financial services and insurance business suffered from work related...

UK - Demand for contract workers falls sharply as fears of a double dip revive

15 November 2011

Demand for contractors has fallen by -13% year-on-year across the UK as fears of a double dip recession intensify, according to research conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts and Innovantage on behalf of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

Research compiled by Innovantage, the...

Germany - Final employers snatch up agency staff on a large scale

15 November 2011

The number of agency temporary employees fell slightly by -0.1% to 907,000 in September 2011 when compared with September 2010, according to the latest Temporary Employment Index published by the German Economic Institute (IW) on behalf of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously...

France - Agency employment growth rate slows

15 November 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +2.7% or up by +15,600 individuals to 584,700 in Q3 2011 when compared with Q3 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE).

Quarter-on-quarter, however, agency temporary employment fell...

Italy - An insider's view of the staffing industry

15 November 2011

Vincenzo Tribecca, Managing Director of staffing agency Antal International (Italy) gives an overview of the state of the job market for professionals and managers in one of Europe's most watched economies.

Riding out the storm

Despite ominous predictions about the fate of the Italian economy during 2011,...

Germany - Overwhelming support for nationwide minimum wage

15 November 2011

Chancellor (Prime Minister) Angela Merkel's Conservative Party (CDU/CSU) yesterday voted in favour of the introduction of a minimum wage for all sectors in the country, which do not currently have a collective bargaining-based minimum wage, Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reports.

Out of circa 1,000 participants...

UK - REC welcomes latest immigration proposals

15 November 2011

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed the response of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to government proposals on settlement rights for skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU).
The proposals put forward by the government centred on restricting or...