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Finland - Labour cost up by +2.4% in Q2 2011

7 September 2011

 Private sector labour costs increased by +2.4% in April to June 2011 when compared with the respective period of the year before. Labour costs excluding one-off items, such as performance-based bonuses, rose by +2.2% compared with the respective period of the year before. In the correspond...


UK - Financial services job offers decline in August

7 September 2011

Recruitment activity in August slowed significantly with Insurance firms the most affected, according to figures from pre-employment screening firm Powerchex, the financial services specialist arm of HireRight Inc.With talk of staff cuts at large institutions, this news adds to the picture that t...


UK - Finance professionals prefer home-grown opportunities

7 September 2011

63% of British-based CFOs would not relocate abroad, even when offered the right career opportunity and remuneration package. Of those surveyed, only 16% have relocated abroad during their career, according to new research by recruitment specialist Robert Half.For those CFOs who would consider re...


France - DLSI's H1 revenues up +45.5% due to acquisitions

6 September 2011

Unaudited revenues were up by +45.5% from 70.1 million Euro in H1 2010 to 102.0 million Euro in H1 2011 at DLSI SA (ALDSL:PAR), the France-based temporary and permanent staffing group.A trading statement for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveals that like-for-like (excluding acquisitions made...


Netherlands - Staffing agency turnover up +5% y-o-y in August

6 September 2011

In weeks 29 to 32 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +2% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +5%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federation of Private E...


Netherlands - Randstad completes acquisition of SFN

6 September 2011

Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX), has announced it has successfully completed the acquisition of SFN Group (NYSE:SFN), a North American workforce solutions company. The total value of the transaction amounts to approximately $771 million.SFN operates through 560 locations in the United States and Cana...


UK - Minister announces measures to simplify apprentice employment

6 September 2011

Skills Minister John Hayes has today announced a package of new measures to make it easier for employers to take on large numbers of apprentices.Responding to the recommendations of a review led by the Employer Reference Group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and large companies, Mr...


UK - 40% of business services firms confident about year ahead

6 September 2011

With the unstable UK economy continuing to place many companies under significant financial pressure, 81% in the UK business services sector, which includes recruitment, financial services and property firms, admit they are faring no better than they were this time last year, according to latest...


Europe - GDP up +1.7% y-o-y in Q2 2011

6 September 2011

Seasonally adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +1.6% in the Euro area (EA17) and by +1.7% in the entire European Union (EU27) in Q2 2010 when compared with Q2 2011, after +2.4% in both zones in the previous quarter, according to second estimates, published today, by the Statistica...


World - Ethics can be compromised by lure of wages

6 September 2011

A poll conducted by job board Monster shows that ethics still count for something when it comes to finding a job. About 53% of all those polled said they would never compromise their principles by working for a company they didn't believe to be ethical. However, the remaining half said they woul...