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Europe - Marked fall in economic sentiment continues

30 September 2011

In September, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) declined strongly by -3.4 points in both the entire European Union (EU27) and the Euro area (EU17), reaching the level of 94.0 and 95.0, respectively. The decrease reflects broad-based cross-sector deterioration in sentiment, with particularly strong...

Europe - HR managers lack future-proof strategies

30 September 2011

Talent management and leadership development remain the largest HR challenges in Europe. Both topics are rated as highly critical for success by executives, who also report that these issues are insufficiently managed in their current companies. About 60% of companies, the executive survey found, have...

UK - EU plans to regulate pensions would harm jobs and growth, says CBI

30 September 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the UK government to resist plans by the European Commission to treat defined pensions schemes as insurance contracts.

The business group will argue that imposing inappropriate and costly solvency standards on pensions would harm sponsor companies'...

UK - Bonus cheques double in post-crunch marketing uplift

30 September 2011

The average bonus for marketing professionals is now 9,050 Pounds or 17% of salary, according to marketing recruiter EMR. In 2007, before the credit crunch hit the sector, bonuses were just 4,420 Pounds or 8% of average salary. Following a survey of over 2,722 respondents, EMR said the growth in bonus...

Staffing Industry Analysts at upcoming APSCo Conference

29 September 2011

John Nurthen, General Manager, Europe for Staffing Industry Analysts will be presenting at APSCo’s Executive Conference on Friday 7 October, 2011 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, in London.

The conference theme this year is ‘The World is our Oyster’ and focuses on staffing market globalisation...

France - Agency temporary employment up +8.2% y-o-y

29 September 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +8.2% in August 2011 compared with August 2010, according to the latest Employment Barometer published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).

Agency temporary employment among managers was up by +21.2%. Among qualified...

Belgium - Agency temporary hours up +5.44% y-o-y

29 September 2011

The number of hours worked by agency temporary employees was up by +5.44% in August 2011 compared with August 2010, according to the latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian agency temporary employment market published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).

Compared with August 2010,...

UK - Norman Broadbent’s profits down due to restructuring

29 September 2011

Revenues were up by +5.8% from 3.26 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 3.49 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Norman Broadbent (NBB:LSE), the executive search and leadership consultancy firm.

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that operating profit fell from 201,000 Pounds in H1 2010 to...

UK - Savile subsidiary appoints liquidator

29 September 2011

Savile Group Plc (SAVG.LSE), the AIM quoted Human Resources consulting firm, specialising in outplacement, career transition and talent management, has today made an announcement regarding the underperformance of its subsidiary 7 Days Limited. The group says in a statement:

"Following  the resignation...

Germany - Unemployment falls strongly in September 2011

29 September 2011

Unemployment in Germany was down by -231,000 individuals to 2,796,000 or down to 6.6% in September 2011 compared with September 2010, when the unemployment rate was 7.2%, according to preliminary data, published today, by the German Federal Labour agency (BA).

Month-on-month, unemployment fell by -149,000...