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Iceland — Real wages up by +1.1%, y-o-y in July 2010

24 August 2010

According to the latest data published by Statistics Iceland (Hagstofa Islands), the wage index for July 2010 was +0.3% higher than in the previous month. In the last 12 months, the monthly wage index has risen by +6.0%. Real wages increased by +1.0% in July 2010 compared to the previous month...


Finland — Unemployment falls to 7.5%

24 August 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), the employment rate among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 70.6% in July 2010, which was +0.3 percentage points higher than one year previously. Adjusted for seasonal and random variations, the tren...


UK — Alpha Facilities Management acquired by Aktrion Holdings

24 August 2010

Alpha Facilities Management Limited, the industrial recruitment and facilities business specialising in managed services to the food sector, has been acquired by Aktrion Holdings Limited the international outsourcing group backed by Graphite Capital. Chris Baumann, Director of Aktrion Holdings c...


Sweden — Employment falls due to job losses in public sector

24 August 2010

According to the latest data published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB), the number of employed persons amounted to 4,050,700 during the second quarter of 2010, a decrease of -0.6% compared to Q1 2010. The number of employed persons in the private sector increased by +0.1 percent and decreased by...


Germany — Economic growth expected to top Euro zone over next decade

24 August 2010

Whilst Germany bottomed the European League tables of economic growth rates for most of the last decade, the next decade could very well be characterised by Germany leading growth in the Euro Area, a new report by Dekra Bank reveals. The author of the report, Andreas Scheuerle, said "whilst Germ...


UK — Pinnacle proposes disposal of Agency Nursing and Medical Services business

23 August 2010

Pinnacle Staffing Group Plc (PCL:LSE), the healthcare recruitment group, has conditionally agreed the proposed disposal of its Agency Nursing and Medical Services business to Arabella Health Staffing Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambition Recruitment Services Limited and part of the A24 G...


Belgium — Temporary employment rate higher among women than men

23 August 2010

New analysis published by the Institute for Durable Development (IDD) reveals that the total temporary employment rate among workers aged between 15 and 74 has increased from 5.4% or 150,000 workers in 1983 to 8.2% or 310,000 workers in 2009. The total temporary employment rate, which includes b...


Germany — Strong economic growth expected to create +100,000 jobs in H2 2010

23 August 2010

The German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) have corrected upwards their prognosis for economic growth for the year 2010 from 2.3% previously to 3.4%, German weekly, German weekly Der Spiegel reports. DIHK Managing Director, Martin Wansleben, said "the improved economic outlook is not just due to the...


France — Sodie Emploi's appeal against government dismissed by Paris court

23 August 2010

The Administrative Tribunal of Paris has rejected the accusation by outplacement specialist Sodie Emploi (part of Alpha Group) that during the recent public tender, the French government job centres (Pole Emploi) have not respected a reasonable time delay between the date when pitching staffing a...


UK — Survey highlights employer difficulty in recruiting home-grown talent

23 August 2010

The latest focus study on skills, migration and off shoring in the Labour Market Outlook report published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and professional services firm KPMG shows that demand for migrant workers has increased in line with improvements in the UK labo...