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Germany - Economic boom drives up sick leave

15 June 2011

The average German worker took -8.5 days off work in 2010 due to sick leave, according to statistics published by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB). This is the highest number of days since 2002.During the post-reunification boom in the early 1990s, more than 5% of German employees t...


Netherlands – GDP growth to average +2% for next couple of years

15 June 2011

Over the next few years the growth rate of the Dutch economy is expected to remain subdued, with GDP growth stabilising at around 2% annually, according to the new half-yearly forecast by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).   Due to a positive spike in the first quarter, the economic outlook for t...


Netherlands – Employment agency revenues up +3% y-o-y

14 June 2011

In weeks 17 to 20 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +2% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +3%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Association of Temporar...


UK - IDOX's recruitment increases gross margin by +18%

14 June 2011

Revenues were up by +21% from 15 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 18.1 million Pounds in H1 2011 at IDOX Plc (IDOX:LSE), the provider of software, information & consultancy and recruitment services to the UK public sector and major corporates.Interim results for the six month ended 30 April 2011...


World - Hiring uncertainty fades as Q3 outlook improves y-o-y

14 June 2011

Year-on-year hiring outlooks improved modestly across major countries with German employers reporting their most optimistic hiring expectations since the downturn, according to the latest third quarter 'Manpower Employment Outlook Survey', released today by staffing agency ManpowerGroup.Although...


Europe - Online recruitment up +21% y-o-y

14 June 2011

The latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published today by job board Monster Worldwide Inc, shows +21% year-on-year growth in May 2011.Germany continues to lead all countries in annual growth for the sixth consecutive month. Industrial sectors like production, manufacturing, maintenance, r...


Spain – Seasonally adjusted unemployment up again

14 June 2011

Unemployment fell by -80,000 individuals in May 2011 when compared with April 2011 whilst the number of social security contributors was up by +118,000 during the same period, according to the latest Labour Market Monitor published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett)...


Switzerland - Strengthening of Franc burdens economic outlook

14 June 2011

In spite of some early signs of slowdown, economic growth in Switzerland has been solid so far this year. However, the currency appreciation, which already represented a burden on Swiss exports during the last few months, has jumped even higher over the last few weeks. With the recent added stren...


Portugal - GDP falls due to lack of domestic demand

14 June 2011

In the first quarter of 2011, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by -0.6% in real terms compared with the same period of 2010. In Q4 2010 it fell by -1% year-on-year, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (INE).The reduction reflects the strong negative co...


UK - Financial services job opportunities decline in May

14 June 2011

  The London Employment Monitor for May 2011, published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group), shows some volatility in the hiring market with a month-on-month decrease of -19% in the number of available jobs in financial services from 6,426 to 5,22...