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Italy - Agency employment up +19% y-o-y

6 October 2011

The seasonally adjusted sum of wages paid to agency temporary employees was up by +19% in August 2011 compared with August 2010, according to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).

Month-on-month, the...

UK - Spencer Ogden acquires RUSTON wheb brand

6 October 2011

Energy recruiter Spencer Ogden has acquired the RUSTON wheb brand and its staff for an undisclosed amount. The deal will now see Spencer Ogden offer a new cleantech executive search service to the energy sector.

RUSTON wheb Managing Director, Ian Jenkins, will lead the cleantech executive search team,...

World - Only Germany reports strong job creation in September

6 October 2011

The Global All-Industry Output Index published by research firm Markit on behalf of JPMorgan rose to 52.0 in September, up slightly from August's 25-month low of 51.5. Growth ticked higher at global service providers, while the trend in world manufacturing production moved from August's marginal contraction...

Ireland - Slight decrease in standardised unemployment rate

6 October 2011

The standardised unemployment rate in September 2011 was 14.3%, down slightly from a rate of 14.4% in August, according to the latest Live Register released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The latest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the Quarterly National Household Survey was 14.2% in...

UK - Labour productivity down -0.2% y-o-y

6 October 2011

The headline measure of whole economy labour productivity, output per worker, decreased by -0.2% in the second quarter of 2011 compared with the same quarter a year ago. This is down from an increase of +0.1% in the previous quarter, according to the latest data, published today, by the Office for National...

Europe - The missed opportunity of empowering middle managers

6 October 2011

Employers must take action to motivate and equip their managers to act on engagement surveys says Aon Hewitt, the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation.

Data from Aon Hewitt's European Engagement database shows that the vast majority of employees across the UK and...

Belgium - Third of employers forecast agency staff requirements to increase in Q4 2011

5 October 2011

29.5% of firms expect to be using more agency temporary employees in Q4 2011 than they used Q4 2010, according to the latest Temporary Employment Barometer, published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon), based on interviews with 442 firms, which use agency temporary employees.


UK - Growth of staff appointments eases further in September

5 October 2011

Rates of expansion of both permanent and temporary/contract staff appointments were moderated in September. In both cases, the latest increases were the weakest for just over two years, amid reports from panellists of fragile client confidence, according to the latest Report on Jobs, published today,...

Spain - Unemployment up strongly as summer season ends

5 October 2011

Unemployment rose by +5.2% or by +280,981 individuals to 4.23 million in September 2011 compared with September 2010 when unemployment was already up by +8.31% y-o-y or up by +308,316 individuals, according to the latest data published by the government.

Month-on-month, unemployment was up by +2.32% or...

Germany - Foreign workers are not coming despite government efforts

5 October 2011

90% of HR managers have not noticed any significant changes in job applications from the so-called 'PIIGS' countries, despite significant efforts by the Federal Labour Agency (BA) to try and encourage qualified workers from these countries to live and work in Germany, according to new independent research...