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Germany - Business climate still confronting headwinds

24 October 2011

The industry and trade business climate in Germany has cooled further in October, according to the latest Business Climate Index published by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research.

Companies are more sceptical than previously regarding business over the coming six months. However, given the international...

UK - Forgotten army of medium-sized businesses holds key to growth

24 October 2011

Medium-sized businesses are the UK's 'forgotten army', too long overlooked by government but with the potential to inject between 20 billion Pounds and 50 billion Pounds into the economy by 2020, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Firms with a turnover of between 10 million Pounds...

World - Key trends in VMS and MSP highlighted in new report

24 October 2011

Staffing Industry Analysts will release its 2011 VMS and MSP Supplier Competitive Landscape Report later today.

Now in its fifth year, the Report provides the most detailed and comprehensive insight into the experience, positioning and capabilities of VMS and MSP suppliers. The report is in four parts...

UK - Stafforce Personnel acquires TEK Personnel

21 October 2011

Recruitment firm Stafforce Personnel has announced the acquisition of specialist provider TEK Personnel Consultants for an undisclosed amount. This is the third acquisition by Stafforce Personnel in the past six months.

Based in the North of England, Stafforce was founded over 30 years ago and now has...

France - Job applicants' passports stolen from fictitious staffing agency

21 October 2011

31 job applicants have had their passports or identity cards stolen via a fictitious rogue staffing agency in the North of France, according to L'Express newspaper.

A man in his 40s pretending to be the managing director of a non-existent staffing agency called Ellyt Recrutement presented himself to his...

Belgium - Employers call for fundamental review of unemployment benefit

21 October 2011

Unemployment benefit in Belgium is so generous over time that it actively motivates people to stay unemployed rather than look for a job, according to the Federation of Belgian Enterprise (FEB).

The federation refers to new research carried out by staffing agency Tempo-Team (part of Randstad), which has...

Netherlands - Unemployment rose by +15,000 on average over the last three months

21 October 2011

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by +17,000 in September 2011 to 438,000, i.e. 5.6% of the labour force.

Figures published by the Institute for Implementation of Employees' Insurances (UWV) indicate that the number...

Switzerland - Jobs advertised up +15% y-o-y

21 October 2011

The number of new jobs advertised, both in the press and on the internet, was up by +15% in Q3 2011 when compared with Q3 2010, according to the latest Swiss Job Market Index published by Zürich University on behalf of staffing agency Adecco.

However, quarter-on-quarter the total number of jobs advertised...

Sweden - Uniflex's profits up, makes last attempt at UK profitability

20 October 2011

Net sales were up by +31% from 36.7 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 48.2 million Euro in Q3 2011 at Uniflex AB (UFLXB:STO), the Sweden-based staffing group.

Operating profit was up by +21% from 2.9 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 3.5 million Euro in Q3 2011.

Profit for the period was up by +19% from 2.2 million...

Germany - Amadeus FiRe's profit up +25% in Q3 2011

20 October 2011

Revenues were up by +11% from 31.5 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 35 million Euro in Q3 2011 at Amadeus FiRe AG (AADX:GER), the temporary and permanent staffing group.

Interim results for Q3 2011 and the three months ended 30 September 2011 reveal that gross profit was up by +15% from 13.6 million in Q3 2010...