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UK – 13% distrust their line manager

24 February 2011

New research carried out by performance development consultancy Lane4 shows that the wave of redundancies, restructuring and changes in senior leadership in UK companies over the last 12 months has led to 13% of workers actively expressing distrust in their line manager with 21% trusting them les...


Germany – Agency personnel means flexibility not wage dumping

24 February 2011

Car manufacturing giants Volkswagen (VW) and Daimler (Mercedes) have commented on today's national demonstrations against the fact that 'equal pay for equal work' has not been adopted by the government. Instead, a nationally binding minimum wage for temporary employees was agreed by the coalition...


Germany – GDP growth slows down in Q4 2010

24 February 2011

The upturn of the German economy slightly slowed down towards the end of 2010 according to an analysis by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose +0.4% on the previous quarter upon price, seasonal and calendar adjustment.Economic...


UK – CIPD welcomes Davies review

24 February 2011

Jackie Orme, Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has today welcomed the publication of Lord Davies' review, Women in the Boardroom, which calls for firms to adopt voluntary targets in order to achieve a minimum of 25% female representation on boards by...


Ireland – Upward trend for jobs

24 February 2011

The latest Jobs Index published by recruitment website IrishJobs.ie has revealed a steady upward trend at the close of 2010 as the number of jobs advertised online increased by +3% in the fourth quarter compared with Q3.The Jobs Index, which measures jobs advertised online, revealed that figures...


UK – Sickness absence lowest in recession

24 February 2011

Instances of sickness absence in the UK fell during the recent recession. In the first quarter of 2009, 2.1% of employees had a spell of sickness absence, down from 2.5% before the start of the recession, new analysis by the Office of National Statistics reveals.However, in the final quarter of 2...


Greece – General strike turns nasty

24 February 2011

What started off as a peaceful rally of 30,000 demonstrators against the government's austerity measures quickly turned into riots as mobs started throwing fire bombs at the police, The Press and Journal reports.The 24-hour general strike halted trains, ferries and most public transport across th...


Netherlands – DIT Bouw en Techniek acquires Larex

23 February 2011

Staffing agency DIT Bouw en Techniek has announced the acquisition of Larex Personeelsbemiddeling, the provider of technical personnel from a variety of European countries, which operates branches in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.Larex's current owner, Patrick König, will join the new group...


World – Hudson Highland sacks Chairman

23 February 2011

The Board of Directors of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (HHGP:NMQ), the US-based international provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services, has announced that it has removed British-born Jon Chait as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of the company, with imme...


UK – Bleasdale resigns from HCL board

23 February 2011

Staffing firm Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL) has announced today that Kate Bleasdale has resigned from the board of directors of the company with immediate effect. This does not affect her status as an employee of the company.HCL also announces that Healthmark UK LLP has formally withdrawn its notic...