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Spain — Labour market reforms are too little too late, says Adecco chief

27 July 2010

In an interview with Spanish daily Cinco Dias, the President of Adecco Spain, Enrique Sanchez has commented on the recent labour market reforms, which Prime Minister Zapatero pushed through parliament with a majority of one vote. Government initiated negotiations between unions and employers col...


Belgium — Blue-collar temporary employment drives growth in the sector

26 July 2010

The latest seasonally adjusted monthly update published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon), shows that the number of hours worked by temporary employees in June 2010 rose by +0.38% compared to May 2010. Month-on-month, the number of hours worked by blue-collar workers was up by...


Germany — Coalition cannot make up its mind on minimum salaries for temporary employees

26 July 2010

The Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) and the Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle (Free Democrat) still have fundamentally different views on the introduction of a minimum salary for temporary employees. Germany does no...


Spain — Only 17.1% of unemployed receive professional training

26 July 2010

New analysis published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), reveals that only 17.1% or 788,200 of the 4.6 million unemployed in Spain receive any form of professional training. 47.3% of people who are of working age but have no professional training, are unemployed....


UK — Hedge funds ramp up demand for IT staff as regulatory pressure mounts

26 July 2010

Pay for IT staff working in hedge funds and asset managers has surged by +13% in the last six months alone as they upgrade their systems post-credit crunch, says business and technology staffing company ReThink Recruitment. According to ReThink, software developers with experience in front offic...


UK — Mature job seekers to face ageism from recruiters

26 July 2010

As the Coalition's plans to reform welfare-to-work benefits are set to increase the number of older workers looking for a job, Age UK is warning that more people in later life will be likely to find an ‘invisible wall of ageism’ between them and a new job, leading to more older workers stuck...


Germany — Manufacturing-related positions up by +40% in Q2 2010

26 July 2010

The latest Labour Market Index (Adecco Stellenindex Deutschland) published by Adecco Germany, shows that the number of jobs on offer for manufacturing-related positions was up by +16% in H1 2010 compared to H1 2009. Whilst the number of jobs on offer for manufacturing-related positions was almos...


Eastern Europe — 71% of Russian companies intend to hire staff in Q3 2010

23 July 2010

A new survey conducted by recruitment firm Antal Russia (part of the FiveTen Group), reveals that 71% of companies in Russia intend to employ more staff in Q3 2010 compared to 64% in Switzerland, 59% in the UK and 51% in Germany. After the drastic firing spree of 2008 and 2009 when some Russian...


UK — Workers still feel in grip of the economic downturn, especially in the public sector

23 July 2010

Worsening standards of living, falling job satisfaction, and high levels of job insecurity suggest that any continued move out of recession, signalled by today's GDP figures, has yet to filter through to the workplace. This is the message from a survey of 2,000 employees by the Chartered Institu...


Netherlands — Randstad to sell French subsidiary Selpro

23 July 2010

Randstad Holding nv has agreed to sell its French subsidiary Selpro to Activa Capital, a French mid market private equity company, in association with the management team. Selpro, a staffing company with 42 branches and operating through four brands, primarily targeting small and medium-sized e...