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UK - Smaller manufacturers' optimism falls

8 August 2011

Sentiment about the general business situation has fallen among the UK's small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs). Furthermore they expect no growth in demand and output over the coming quarter, and are reappraising their business plans as a result, according to the Confederation of British In...


Italy - GDP up +0.8% y-o-y

8 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up by +0.8% in the second quarter of 2011 when compared with the same quarter of 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (Istat).Compared with the first quarter of 2011, GDP was up by +0.3%.Both the annual and quarterl...


UK - Allied Healthcare's profits up +6.1% in fiscal Q3 2011

5 August 2011

Total revenue increased by +4.2% from $65.7 million in fiscal Q3 2010 to $68.5 million in fiscal Q3 2011 at 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 and Ireland.Allied's Homecare...


UK - Ashbourne Group acquired by Kenexa

5 August 2011

Kenexa (KNXA:NSQ), the global provider of business solutions for human resources, has announced the acquisition of The Ashbourne Group, the supplier of HR and occupational psychology services to businesses in the U.K. and Ireland.The Ashbourne Group focuses on the U.K. public sector and has desig...


UK - Pertemps chairman awarded damages following false allegations

5 August 2011

Birmingham businessman Tim Watts has been awarded what is thought to be record costs after a former employee made false claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and victimisation against the Pertemps chairman, allegations ruled totally unfounded following an employment tribunal hearing in the...


Europe - Online recruitment up +21% y-o-y

5 August 2011

The latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published by job board Monster Worldwide Inc, shows +21% year-on-year growth in July 2011, down from the +23% observed in June 2011.Growth takes place across all European Union countries with Germany continuing to lead with +36%.22 of the 24 industry...


Europe - Confidence about the economy increases

5 August 2011

Europeans are starting to be more optimistic about the economy's outlook with more people saying that the worst of the crisis is behind us, according to the 'Spring 2011 Eurobarometer', the bi-annual opinion poll organised by the European Union (EU). A total of 31,769 people were interviewed face...


UK - Public sector workers prefer pay cut to pension cut

5 August 2011

Public sector workers are desperately holding onto their pension packages in the face of ever decreasing morale levels, according to a new study by leading recruitment consultants, Badenoch & Clark.   The outrage expressed at last Thursday's announcement that public sector pension contr...


Portugal - Employment falls as growth decelerates

5 August 2011

Industrial output rose by +5.5% in June 2011 when compared with June 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). This represents a decrease from the annual growth rate registered in May 2011 (+7.6%) caused by a deceleration in both domestic consumpt...


Ireland - Standardised unemployment up marginally in July

5 August 2011

The standardised unemployment rate in July 2011 was 14.3%, up slightly from a rate of 14.2% in June 2011. The monthly increase in the standardised unemployment rate was caused by an increase of +1,500 (+0.3%) in the seasonally adjusted number of persons signing on the Live Register, according to...