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France – Agency employment up +20.1%

15 February 2011

Year-on-year, agency temporary employment was up by +20.1% or up by +110,400 individuals to 659,400 in 2010 when compared to 2009 despite a month-on-month fall in December 2010 by -0.8% or -5,600 individuals.The latest statistics published by the government's official job centres (Pôle Emploi) re...


Switzerland – Agency employment up +26.5%

15 February 2011

Agency temporary employment has grown by +26.5% in January 2011 when compared to January 2010 according to the latest Swisstemptrend published by the Swiss Union for Employment Services (Swissstaffing).This takes agency temporary employment way above the levels of the two previous years.However,...


Italy – Online sales and marketing opportunities in abundance

15 February 2011

Sales and Marketing have not suffered anywhere near as much from the economic crisis as other professions in Italy, Corriere della Sera newspaper reports.Luca Tofanelli, Head of Sales and Marketing at search and selection specialist agency Page Personnel (part of Michael Page), told the newspaper...


Finland – Unemployment up slightly to 8.4%

15 February 2011

The decline in employment halted in 2010. The rate of unemployment also stayed almost on a par with 2009 according to Statistics Finland's (Tilastokeskus) latest Labour Force Survey.The decline in the employment rate halted in 2010. At 67.8%, the employment rate was only -0.5 percentage points lo...


Germany – GDP up +3.6% in 2010

15 February 2011

The upswing of the German economy continued at the end of 2010, albeit at a slower pace. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by +0.4% on an adjusted basis in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter.First calculations published today by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), sho...


Germany – Heated debate on quotas for women

15 February 2011

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) has reacted to the recent 'Female Managers Barometer', which states that women are hugely under-represented in the board rooms of large German companies. She told Manager Magazin "considering the fact that you need a magnifying glass to not...


Europe – Eurociett welcomes focus on labour market reforms

15 February 2011

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) has commented on the European Commission's 'New skills and Jobs' discussions during the European Union Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting, which took place yesterday.Eurociett Managing Director, Denis Pennel, s...


UK – APSCo launches new online qualification

15 February 2011

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has yesterday launched a new online assessment toolkit and qualification with the aim of establishing a universally recognised high-quality benchmark for the professional recruitment sector.The web-based assessment hub called the Recruitm...


Italy – Valentine's Day increases productivity

14 February 2011

Whilst Valentine's Day for many people is just a day in the calendar, new research carried out by staffing agency Adecco Italy reveals that a happy love life has a positive effect on worker's performance at work.85% of the 1,100 employees and job candidates and 87% of the HR managers interviewed...


UK – Harvey Nash's results up +46%

14 February 2011

Recruitment firm Harvey Nash Group Plc (HVN:LSE) said today that trading in the second half of 2010 has been strong. Results for the full year to end-January 2011 are expected to be ahead of expectations with total revenue of circa 425 million Pounds and gross profit of 68 million Pounds.These re...