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UK – Jobs growth accelerates

9 March 2011

The latest Report on Jobs, published today by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and professional services firm KPMG, shows that February 2011 data signalled strong and accelerated rises in both permanent staff placements and temporary staff billings. The former increased at the s...


Switzerland – Unemployment falls to 3.6%

9 March 2011

The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) has fallen by -5,495 individuals to 143,325 in February 2011 compared to January 2011, according to the latest figures published by the State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO).The unemployment rate fell from 3.8% in Janu...


Europe – Recovery broadening but price pressures surge

9 March 2011

The latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for the European Union (EU) published by research firm Markit sector data signalled that manufacturers continued to lead the recovery, but many other sectors saw faster growth, notably construction and finance.However, with many sectors posting reco...


Switzerland – Minimum wage likely to increase unemployment

9 March 2011

The Swiss Union for Employment Services (Swissstaffing) has responded to an initiative launched by the Swiss Federation of Unions (SGB) to introduce a nationally binding minimum wage across all regions and industry sectors in Switzerland.The unions want a minimum wage of 22 Swiss Francs per hour...


UK – Financial Services Interims Earning Highest Rates Ever

9 March 2011

The average daily rates for financial services interim managers are at their highest level since 2008, according to research carried out by Kinsey Allen International, the global executive search firm.The average daily rate for an interim manager working in the financial services sector has reach...


UK – InterQuest PBT up +24%, seeks acquisitions

8 March 2011

Revenues were up by +15% from 97.4 million Pounds in 2009 to 112.2 million Pounds in 2010 at IT staffing specialist, InterQuest Group Plc (ITQ:LSE).Audited results for the year ended 31 December 2010 reveal that gross profit was up by +18% from 12.4 million Pounds in 2009 to 14.7 million Pounds i...


UK – ScotHomecare acquired by Allied Healthcare

8 March 2011

Allied Healthcare International Inc. (AHCI:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of temporary staffing services to the health care and social care industries in the UK, has announced yesterday that its UK subsidiary, Allied Healthcare Group Limited, has acquired the homecare business of Health and Lifecar...


World – Emerging markets lead uneven recovery

8 March 2011

According to the latest Employment Outlook Survey released today by staffing group Manpower Inc., employer hiring plans for the second quarter are strongest in emerging markets, such as India, Brazil and Turkey, compared to their more developed counterparts in the global labour market. In fact, t...


Europe – Online recruitment up +24% y-o-y

8 March 2011

The latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published today by job board Monster Worldwide Inc, continued its positive long-term growth pace,with February's year-on-year gain of +24% nearly on par with January's +25% rate, the most rapid pace seen during the current economic cycle.Production,...


UK – Worse short-term but better medium-term forecast

8 March 2011

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its new quarterly Economic Forecast, ahead of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on Thursday and with just over two weeks until the Budget.The BCC forecast reduces expectations for UK GDP growth in 2011 to +1.4% (from...