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OECD Countries - Unemployment rate stable at 8.2% in July

14 September 2011

The unemployment rate in the countries, which are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development area (OECD) was steady at 8.2% in July 2011, unchanged for the fifth consecutive month. The Euro area unemployment rate was also unchanged at 10% for the second consecutive month a...


UK - Unemployment up +0.3 percentage points

14 September 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to July 2011 was 7.9% of the economically active population, up +0.3 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people increased by +80,000 over the quarter to reach 2.51 million,  according to the latest data, published today, by the Office for...


UK - 57% of graduate recruits plan to leave current role within two years

14 September 2011

More than half of new graduate recruits (57%) plan to leave their current role within two years, according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Ashridge Business School, released today.  40% said they hoped to find a new job within the year and almost...


Ireland - Professionals are more motivated than last year

14 September 2011

84% of Irish employees are motivated at work in the current economic climate, according to a recent survey by leading specialist professional recruitment consultancy, Robert Walters. Almost 600 Irish professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging from work/life bala...


UK - InterQuest sees -1.7 million loss after exceptional costs

13 September 2011

Revenues were up by +10% from 55.3 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 61.1 million Pounds in H1 2011 at IT staffing specialist, InterQuest Group Plc (ITQ:LSE).The private sector focussed businesses saw increased demand for both permanent and contract recruitment services, with the areas of financial se...


UK - HCL’s refinancing narrowly approved, resumes trading

13 September 2011

Shares in Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, have resumed trading today after shareholders narrowly voted to approve a 61 million Pounds capital raising at a tense extraordinary meeting yesterday.Shares were suspended in January after...


World - German hiring optimism does not extend to the rest of Europe

13 September 2011

Labour market trends in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region follow the same mixed results seen throughout 2011, with positive hiring activity expected in 18 of 23 countries surveyed. Outlooks soften from three months ago in 13 countries but improve in 11 compared to one year ago, acc...


UK – Allen & Overy claim AWR threatens 500,000 temporary jobs

13 September 2011

Up to 500,000 temporary employment contracts could be threatened by the new agency worker rules (AWR) coming into force next month. 33% of medium to large UK businesses may be planning to avoid increased costs by terminating agency worker contracts before the 12-week qualifying period for equal p...


Belgium - Best-poised to attract non-EU 'brains'

13 September 2011

Compared to other European Union (EU) countries, Belgium scores highest when it comes to speeding up legal processes to attract highly-skilled workers, according to new research by professional services firm Deloitte. In recent months, EU governments have agreed a series of measures to strengthen...


Germany - Six web clicks guide through non-EU immigration jungle

13 September 2011

The German agency for labour (BA) has reacted to criticism from employers that qualified labourers from non-European Union (EU) face a bureaucratic marathon if they try to understand if, how and under what conditions they can immigrate into Germany and work in the country.BA yesterday launched a...