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UK - Unemployment up +0.1 percentage point q-o-q

17 August 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to June 2011 was 7.9% of the economically active population, up +0.1 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people increased by +38,000 over the quarter to reach 2.49 million, according to the latest data published today by the Office for Nationa...


Germany - GDP up strongly y-o-y but experts concerned about quarterly performance

17 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) showed a marked increase again. In the second quarter of 2011, price-adjusted GDP rose by +2.8% (calendar-adjusted: +2.7%) on the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest data published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).   However, economists...


Belgium/Italy - No more men on boards until female quota are filled

17 August 2011

Belgium's parliament has adopted a plan to force public enterprises, and companies that are listed on the stock exchange, to give women 30% of the seats on management boards. The law, still to be approved by the Senate, is expected to come into force next year, according to the European Industria...


UK - Education system fails micro businesses

17 August 2011

Micro businesses (fewer than ten employees) want to grow, but find it difficult to recruit staff for the job. 55% are looking to increase the number of staff they employ. However, 50% find it difficult to recruit the right people, according to a new survey of over 2,000 micro businesses, released...


UK - Regulatory approach to training seen as costly and counter-productive

17 August 2011

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today warned against government plans for wholesale extension of training levies or license to practice schemes which it said would hinder employer investment in staff training and do nothing to increase productive skills levels.Levy systems operate by...


Ireland - Future jobs for Irish youth

17 August 2011

With the impending Leaving Cert (final examination in the Irish secondary school system) results out today, staffing agency Sigmar explains where the future jobs will be for Irish youth. With a despairing economy and increasing emigration, it can be hard to see beyond the gloom as to where you'r...


UK - London has 13% of population but creates nearly half of IT jobs

17 August 2011

London is continuing to grow its share of the IT jobs market and now accounts for 40% of all new IT jobs being created in the UK, despite representing just 13% of the overall population, according to research by ReThink Recruitment, the business and technology staffing company.   Before th...


UK - Number of new London job opportunities falls -18% y-o-y

17 August 2011

The London financial services sector saw a slowdown in hiring activity from June 2011 to July 2011 according to the latest Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group).The number of jobs new to the market plus those being vacated by...


UK - Harvey Nash expects PBT increase of +40% y-o-y

16 August 2011

Staffing firm Harvey Nash Group Plc (HVN:LSE) will be announcing interim results for the six months ended 31 July 2011 on 30 September 2011 when it will confirm a strong performance across all key geographic segments during the period. The group expects to report an increase of circa +20% in reve...


UK - Tribal sees losses from continued and discontinued activities

16 August 2011

Revenues from continuing operations were up by 9.7% from 52.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 57.5 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Tribal Group Plc (TRB:LSE), the provider of technology products and services to the education, learning and training markets in the UK and internationally.Interim results f...