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UK - Pertemps continues on acquisition trail

23 August 2011

Privately owned staffing firm Nurture People Limited is the latest company to be acquired by staffing firm Pertemps Recruitment Partnership Limited. The move comes shortly after Ashton Consulting (UK) Ltd and Fishtank Recruitment Solutions Limited merged with Pertemps on 8 August 2011 for an und...


OECD Countries - GDP growth held back by Europe

23 August 2011

Growth of Gross domestic product (GDP) in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development area (OECD) slowed to +0.2% in the second quarter of 2011, down from +0.3% in the previous quarter. This is the fourth consecutive quarter of slower growth.The slowdown was particularly marked in...


Germany - Central bank forecasts continued growth

23 August 2011

In its latest monthly report, the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) forecasts Gross Domestic Growth (GDP) growth of +3% for 2011 despite increasing concern about world economies and turbulences on the international stock markets.The bankers say in a statement "from our current perspective, th...


France - Private sector picks up slightly due to demand for services

23 August 2011

Output growth at private sector firms in France rose at a marginally faster rate in August 2011, edged up to 53.6 from July's 23-month low of 53.2, according to the latest 'Flash France Composite Output Index' published by research firm Markit.The acceleration was driven by a stronger expansion o...


UK - Steady growth and increasing foreign ownership forecast

23 August 2011

British businesses predict steady growth, an increase in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and an improved business landscape over the next decade but they also expect foreign ownership of UK companies and assets to increase, according to 'Business in 2021' research released by Barclays Corporate...


Germany - More and more work after retirement

23 August 2011

660,000 old age pensioners aged between 65 and 74 worked during their retirement in 2010, an increase of +58.6% compared with only 416,000 in 2000, according to new analysis by Saarbrücker Zeitung newspaper based on official data from the Ministry of Employment.According to the analysis, 400,000...


Sweden - Increased labour demand drives up pay

23 August 2011

The number of employed persons amounted to 4,186,300 in Q2 2011, an increase of +3.3% when compared with the same period last year. The number of employed persons increased by +4.7% in the private sector and by +0.3% in the public sector, according to the latest data, published today, by Statisti...


Finland - Unemployment falls but not among the young

23 August 2011

In July 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,578,000, which was +29,000 higher than in July 2010. There were +6,000 more employed men and +23,000 more employed women than in July 2010, according to the latest data, published today, by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus). In July, the employm...


Ireland - Small businesses freeze pay to sustain jobs

23 August 2011

The Small Firms Association (SFA), has launched its 'Quarterly Pay Survey' results, which show that pay levels continue to be frozen in the majority of small businesses (less than 50 employees) around the country, with pay increases only being given as a clear reward for productivity and innovati...


Netherlands - Brunel's Q2 EBIT soars +91%

22 August 2011

Revenues were up by +29% from 167.9 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 217.3 million Euro in Q2 2011 at Brunel International NV (BRNL:AEX), the Netherlands-based staffing and HR services group. At equal rates revenues were up by +31%.Gross profit was up by +27% from 34.1 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 43.5 m...