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Ireland – Minimum wage rise would put Irish rate +30% ahead of UK

18 April 2011

The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), has said that the government's plan to reverse the minimum wage reduction and restore it to 8.65 Euro was at odds with the economic needs of the country and would undermine job creation.IBEC also said a total overhaul of regulated wage rules...


Germany – BZA and AMP merge to become BAP

15 April 2011

As expected, the members of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) and the members of the Association of Medium-sized Temporary Employment Agencies (AMP), have yesterday voted to merge their two associations into one new large organisation called BAP (Bundesarbeitgeberverband der...


Ireland – CPL acquires Runway

15 April 2011

CPL Resources Plc (DQ5:ISE), the Ireland-based staffing group has announced that it has acquired Runway Personnel Limited in Dublin. Runway provides multiple types of recruitment solutions in the healthcare sector, to public and private hospitals, care homes and allied health facilities across Ir...


UK – ITHR acquires iT Recruitment Ltd

15 April 2011

IT Human Resources (ITHR) Plc, the independent human capital resourcing and software solutions specialist has acquired UK-based Swan iT Recruitment Ltd for an undisclosed fee.The announcement comes as IT Human Resources Plc releases its preliminary results for the financial year ended 31 March 20...


Sweden – More jobs and lower unemployment

15 April 2011

The Swedish labour market continued to strengthen during March 2011. The number of vacancies increased and more people found work according to the latest statistics published by the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).The number of job vacancies advertised by the Employment Ser...


Greece – Unemployment rises to 15.1%

15 April 2011

The unemployment rate in January 2011 was 15.1% compared with 11.3% in January 2010 and 14.8% in December 2010, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority.The number of employed amounted to 4,267,584 persons while the number of unemployed amounted...


Ireland – Highest volume of new professional job opportunities since October 2008

15 April 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor published by Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) reported a +20% increase in new job opportunities for professionals in Ireland, increasing from 7,100 in February 2011 to 8,550 in March 2011. There was also a significant uplift (+75%) from the March 2010 f...


Germany – GDP forecast to grow by +2.6% in 2011

15 April 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is forecast to grow by +2.6% in real terms in 2011 and by +1.8% in 2012. The majority of the growth (80%) is expected to come from domestic consumption, according to an announcement made yesterday by the Minister for the Economy, Rainer Brüderle.Unemployment is expect...


Switzerland – Economic expectations brighten up

15 April 2011

The Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in co-operation with Credit Suisse (CS), brightened up again in April 2011, with the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator edging up 22.3 points to the 8.8 threshold, moving into positive territor...


Germany – 100,000 immigrants expected after 1 May 2011

15 April 2011

As of 1 May 2011 Eastern Europeans will be working in Germany without any restrictions, German daily Die Welt reports.It is expected that nearly 100,000 immigrants will seek to work in Germany, with half of them arriving from Poland. The European Commission thinks the opening of the labour market...