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Ireland – Economic recovery difficult to predict

20 July 2011

The Irish economy is still negotiating a difficult and lengthy adjustment. The absence of a 'straight line' recovery is hurting business sentiment, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland/Chartered Accountants Ireland Business Sentiment Survey, which reflects the view of chartered accountants wo...


Greece - Unemployment up +36% y-o-y

20 July 2011

The unemployment rate in April 2011 was 15.8% compared with 11.9% in April 2010 and 16.2% in March 2011, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority.The number of employed amounted to 4,183,332 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 786,...


Italy - Gi Group's job placements up +35%

19 July 2011

Job placements were up by +35% in H1 2011 when compared with H1 2010 at Gi Group, the largest Italian-owned staffing agency. Barbara Bruno of Gi Group Italy, commented to specialist publication LABITALIA "the whole first six months of the year were very good for us. We even had monthly peaks...


UK - HCL completes sale of Australian Homecare Division

19 July 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, announces that its wholly owned Australian subsidiary, Healthcare Australia Holdings Pty Limited (HCA) has completed the sale of its Homecare Division.The gross consideration before expenses was 34 m...


Germany - Agency employment accounted for 57% of new jobs in 2010

19 July 2011

The total number of employees in Germany rose by +322,000 to 30.9 million between 2009 and 2010, according to the latest analysis published today by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).During the same period, the number of people in atypical employment increased by +243,000 to 7.84 million....


UK - Growth set to disappoint this year

19 July 2011

Growth in the UK economy is forecast to remain sub-par, as growing global concerns and the European sovereign debt crisis increase uncertainty amongst the business and investment community, according to the latest Ernst & Young ITEM Club report.While world trade has now surpassed 2008 peaks a...


Ireland - GDP growth for the first time in four years

19 July 2011

IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, yesterday said that business remains confident on the outlook for the economy. The group in its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook forecasts Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of +1.5% for 2011, rising to +2.8% in 2012.IBEC Director General, Danny M...


Germany - Morning schools keep mothers out of labour market

19 July 2011

Between 350,000 and 460,000 mothers could enter the labour market if Germany's traditional morning schools were turned into all day schools, as is customary in many other European countries, according to new research by the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA).IZA Expert, Werner Eichhorst, com...


UK - CIPD and ICAEW launch guide on internships

19 July 2011

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), have jointly launched the 'Government's Common Best Practice Code for High-Quality Internships'.The Code has been developed by the Department for Business, Innovati...


UK - Pay rises in private and public sectors

19 July 2011

Average earnings growth including bonuses increased in the year to May 2011, from the April 2011 rate of +2% to +2.3% in May 2011, according to the latest data published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Growth in average earnings excluding bonuses (regular pay) increased from the...