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UK - Sentiment falls sharply as prospects for manufacturing worsen

27 October 2011

Sentiment has deteriorated sharply among UK manufacturers, in anticipation of significant falls in activity over the next three months, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Manufacturing orders and output are expected to fall over the next quarter, following modest rises in domestic...

International - Robert Half's net income more than doubles in Q3 2011

26 October 2011

Total revenues were up 20% from $817.3 million in Q3 2010 to $984.7 million in Q3 2011 at Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialist staffing and risk consulting services group. Third quarter revenues for international staffing operations were $264 million, an increase of +29%...

Netherlands - Minister proposes law to extend temporary contracts for over 65’s

26 October 2011

The Dutch Social Affairs Minister, Henk Kamp, has tabled a draft Bill designed to make it easier to work beyond the age of 65, the Federation of European Employers (FedEE) reports.

Under the Bill employers would be allowed to extend temporary employment contracts for older workers beyond the current limit...

World - No consensus reached with unions at ILO meeting on agency staff

26 October 2011

At the International Labour Organisation (ILO) tripartite Global Dialogue Forum on private employment agencies that took place in Geneva on 18 and 19 October 2011, the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) called for appropriate regulation to be adopted worldwide for the...

UK - DPM calls for more frank discussions and less red tape

26 October 2011

Yesterday's speech by the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Nick Clegg in which he called for a more rational and realistic debate on employment regulation has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Arguing for a greater focus on the opportunity to boost growth...

UK - Top talent unlikely to put up with bad workplace culture

26 October 2011

Improving pay may be the top reason people give for wanting to move jobs in the current climate but new research shows that employers who neglect concerns about trust in senior leaders, stress in the workplace or job satisfaction risk losing their top talent.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel...

Sweden - Resurs reduces losses by diversifying outside IT sector

25 October 2011

Revenues were down by -0.3% from 3.39 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 3.36 million Euro in Q3 2011 at Resurs Bemanning CNC AB (RESB:STO), the Sweden-based employment agency group.

Interim results for Q3 2011 and the nine months ended 30 September 2011 reveal that operating loss was reduced from -274,000 Euro...

Eurozone - Downturn gathers momentum in October

25 October 2011

At 47.2, down from 49.1 in September 2011, the 'Flash Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index' published by research firm Markit, fell further below the 50.0 no change level in October. The deterioration signalled a second successive monthly contraction of the private sector economy and the fastest rate...

Germany - Chambers expect +250,000 new jobs in 2012, +20,000 via agencies

25 October 2011

The German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) forecast that the German economy will create an extra +250,000 jobs in 2012 despite the current Euro crisis and the downgrading of expected Gross Domestic Product growth to only +0.8% for 2012 by the four leading economic research institutes.

DIHK expects that an...

France - Business climate falls, PSA sacks -300 agency staff

25 October 2011

The Business Climate Index, based on the views of top management across the main sectors of business activity, fell by -1 point to 95 points in October 2011 after having fallen by -9 points in September 2011, according to the latest analysis by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research...