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Europe – Public sector restructuring initiatives on the rise

25 January 2011

The latest quarterly edition of the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) published by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) shows that while the European Union (EU) technically emerged from the recession eighteen months ago, growth continues to b...


France – Output rises at fastest rate in four months in January 2011

24 January 2011

The 'Flash France Composite Output Index' published today by economic research firm Markit, based on around 85% of normal monthly survey replies, indicated an acceleration in growth of French private sector output during January. The headline index rose to a four-month high of 56.9 from 56.3 in D...


Germany – There will be a shortage of -6.5 million workers by 2025 unless we do something serious, says government agency

24 January 2011

New research by the Federal Agency for Labour (BA) reveals that due to the ageing population the number of people in Germany who are able to carry out work will be reduced by -6.5 million by the year 2025.The government agency has produced a so-called 'Ten Points Action Plan' on how to deal with...


Germany – Real salaries rise by +0.7% in 2010

24 January 2011

The latest data published by the Institute for the Economy and Social Sciences (WSI) reveal that the average salary in Germany rose by +1.8% in 2010. When taking into account consumer price rises of +1.1% during 2010, the real average salary increase amounted by +0.7% in 2010.Sector-by-sector, sa...


UK – One in four workers unhappy with their jobs and would not recommend their employer

24 January 2011

New research carried out by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark among more than 1,000 office employees reveals that one in four workers are unhappy in their job and would not recommend their employer while many others are only motivated by spiralling debt.The survey shows that most were...


Spain – 65% of female graduates have temporary employment contracts

24 January 2011

A new report published by the Women's Institute (Instituto de la Mujer) shows that only 3% of graduate women found their jobs via the government's job centres (SEPE, previously INEM). 48% sent their applications directly to their future employer.47% of female graduates used their contacts, whilst...


Ireland – 62% of firms state that employee numbers will remain the same in the next three months

24 January 2011

In the final quarter of 2010 retaining jobs and creating employment remained a challenge for small firms in Ireland, the Small Firms Association (SFA) Winter Jobs Sentiment Survey showed.SFA Acting Director, Avine McNally, stated "in the past small firms have demonstrated the capacity to cre...


Belgium – One in three SMEs intend to hire new staff in Q1 2011

24 January 2011

New research, carried out by Human Resources services provider SD Worx among 1,055 small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) reveals that 32% of respondents intend to hire new staff in the first quarter of 2011.Among the larger SMEs (50 to 99 workers) more than three quarters of respondents intend...


Netherlands – Unemployment falls for the tenth consecutive month

24 January 2011

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 401,000 in December 2010, a reduction by -8,000 relative to November 2010.Figures published by the Institute for the Implementation of Employee Insurance (UWV) show that both the number...


Spain — Immigrant workers do the jobs Spaniards don't want to do

15 October 2010

New research carried out by staffing agency Randstad Spain reveals that the majority of foreign workers in the country occupy positions, which require little or no qualifications. 38% of immigrant workers in Spain work in agriculture and fishing. 15% work in manufacturing, 13.75% in restaurants...