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Belgium – Agency employment up +19.3% y-o-y in February 2011

29 March 2011

The latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian agency temporary employment market published yesterday by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) reveal that the number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in February 2011 was up by +1.32% compared to January 2011.The number o...


UK – Economy contracts by -0.5% in Q4 2010

29 March 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth contracted by -0.5% in the latest quarter, revised from a fall of -0.6% previously published. GDP in the fourth quarter of 2010 is now 1.5% higher than the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the latest analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Ou...


UK – Employers positive about Budget

29 March 2011

64% of companies feel that the measures outlined in last week's Budget will have a positive effect on their business, with 28% stating that the Budget will have a positive effect on their staffing levels.Reed Finance, the financial recruitment specialist, polled 50 senior finance professionals at...


Malta – Unemployment at 6.8% in Q4 2010

29 March 2011

The employment rate for the fourth quarter of 2010 was estimated at 56%, with the highest rates being recorded for persons aged 25 to 54, according to the latest data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO)Just over 30% of employed persons were engaged in wholesale and retail trade, hot...


UK – Melbourne appointed new regional CFO at Hudson Highland

29 March 2011

Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (HHGP:NMQ), the US-based international provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services has announced the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer for the UK, Ireland and the Middle East.  John Melbourne, who has over 25 years...


World – Prospects for full economic recovery rebound strongly

28 March 2011

After a dip in confidence four months ago which raised doubts over the sustainability of the global economic recovery, optimism again appears to be back in fashion across virtually all key markets.The latest edition of Pulse, the global business outlook survey published today by professional serv...


Germany – Fukushima impacts business climate

28 March 2011

The latest Business Climate Index for German industry and trade published by the Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich (Ifo), clouded slightly in March 2011 after having previously improved nine times in succession.The decline is entirely due to German companies' future expe...


Poland – Reforms needed for higher growth

28 March 2011

Raising employment, improving skills, enhancing innovation and technology absorption will put Poland on track for higher growth rates, says the World Bank.   The new World Bank report entitled 'Europe 2020 Poland: Fuelling Growth and Competitiveness in Poland through Employment, Skills, and...


Switzerland – Economy remains stable in a stormy environment

28 March 2011

The Swiss economy is growing vigorously thanks to a robust domestic economy and high foreign demand. In 2011, GDP growth is expected to reach 2.8%. For 2012, growth should be a little lower (2.3%), according to the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF).The strong Franc is slowing down the growth in expo...


UK – Gender discrimination rife in IT and telecoms

28 March 2011

  51% of female employees in the IT and telecommunications sector say they have been victims of gender discrimination, according to new research from IT and telecommunications recruiter Greythorn.   85% of female workers in the sector say gender discrimination exists in the industry. B...