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UK – Empresaria 2010 results in line with upwardly revised expectations

31 January 2011

Full year revenues were up by +17% from 191 million Pounds in 2009 to 223 million Pounds in 2010 at Empresaria Group Plc. (EMR:LSE), the international recruitment and management services group.A trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2010 published today reveals that revenues fro...


Spain – German Chancellor invites workers from Spain to live and work in Germany

31 January 2011

At the upcoming Spanish-German summit in Madrid on 3 February 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Prime Minister) intends to announce that Germany is actively inviting highly-qualified job seekers from Spain to live and work in Germany, Spanish specialist publication The Reader reports.Germany...


Netherlands – Temporaries earn less than permanent employees and are often over-educated

31 January 2011

New research carried out by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) entitled 'Labour Market Flexibility in the Netherlands' focuses on the role of the most important types of labour relations that are observed on the Dutch labour market: permanent contracts, temporary contracts...


Austria – Government prepares anti-wage dumping law for labour market opening in May 2011

31 January 2011

The opening of the labour market for staffing agencies from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Slovakia on 1 May 2011 and the associated fear of wage dumping from staffing agencies in these countries has pushed the Austrian government into proposing a ne...


Sweden – Unemployment rate remains below 8% in December 2010

31 January 2011

The latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that in December 2010, 4,554,000 persons aged 15 to 74 were employed, an increase of +102,000 persons compared to December 2009. The rate of employment amounted to 64.6% of the population, not adjusted for seasonality, and...


Switzerland – Economic Barometer signals stable growth in January 2011

31 January 2011

The Economic Barometer published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) reached 2.10 points in January 2011, corresponding to a decline of -0.01 points relative to the previous month (2.11, revised upwards from 2.10). This therefore means that year-on-year growth in Swiss Gross Domestic Product (G...


Europe – Economic sentiment broadly unchanged in January

31 January 2011

In January 2011, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained broadly unchanged, at 105.8 in the entire European Union (EU) and 106.5 in the Euro Area. After 7 months of uninterrupted improvement, the indicator stands well above its long term average.A majority of member states reported either...


Switzerland – Job advertisements shift further to the web

31 January 2011

The latest Swiss Job Market Index, published by Zürich University on behalf of staffing agency Adecco, shows that personnel demand rose by +1% in December 2010 when compared to September 2010.Compared to December 2009 personnel demand was up by +31%.The number of jobs advertised on companies' own...


UK – Workplace dispute reforms proposed by government

31 January 2011

The government has yesterday announced the next steps in its comprehensive review of employment laws.New plans to improve the way in which workplace disputes are resolved have been published alongside an 'Employer's Charter'. The measures are designed to give businesses more confidence to take on...


World – Corporations lack leadership to deal with change

31 January 2011

More than two-thirds of corporate executives see great danger in leadership being overwhelmed by the complex challenges brought about by the current trend in which companies are experiencing convergence, according to a new study released by executive search firm Egon Zehnder International.Converg...