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France — Rise in unemployment in August seen as seasonal trend

27 September 2010

The latest data published by the official government job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that the number of category A (unemployed) job seekers registered with the job centres in August 2010 rose by +0.6% or by +15,900 individuals to 2,692,500 compared to the previous month. Compared to August 2009...


UK — Private equity firm rumoured to be courting Pulse and possibly others, too

27 September 2010

The US private equity group Blackstone is in talks to acquire Pulse, the staffing agency for doctors, nurses and social workers, the Financial Times reports. Pulse was bought more than a decade ago by private equity group HgCapital for 67 million Pounds. After running an abortive auction of Puls...


UK — Impellam share transfer comes under spotlight in BBC investigation of Lord Ashcroft

27 September 2010

In a Panorama programme to be broadcast tonight regarding the businessman Lord Ashcroft, the BBC focuses on the transfer of his 17 million Pounds stake in staffing firm, Impellam Group, on 5 April 2010 to a trust for the benefit of his children. The transfer occurred one day before a new law forc...


Eastern Europe — Cap on immigration in Russia

27 September 2010

According to the Public Health Ministry, the number of work permits for foreign workers will be reduced from 1.94 million in 2010 to 1.74 million in 2011 in a bid to keep Russians in Employment, the Moscow News reports. However, expatriates earning more than 2 million Roubles a year (48,000 Euro...


Ireland — Innovation, productivity, competitiveness and a strong enterprise mix, considered key to recovery

27 September 2010

According to a new report from Forfas, Ireland's policy advisory board for enterprise and science, Ireland has the potential to deliver economic growth and jobs that are sustainable into the future, right across the entire economy. The report, acknowledging that even though the current economic...


Germany — Consumer confidence reaches three-year high

24 September 2010

The latest National Confidence report for Autumn 2010 (Die Stimmungslage der Nation im Herbst 2010) published jointly by insurance giant Allianz and Hohenheim University, shows that 38% of the 2,918 persons interviewed in July, August and September 2010 were either confident or very confident in...


Italy — Unemployment up but still below EU average in Q2 2010

24 September 2010

The latest labour market estimates published by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) show that the employment rate fell from 57.9% in Q2 2009 to 57.2% Q2 2010. Employment fell by -0.8% or -195,000 individuals to 23 million individuals. Unemployment was up from 7.3% in Q2 2009 to...


Germany — Siemens gives open-ended employment guarantee to 128,000 workers

24 September 2010

As companies worldwide chip away at job security for employees in the interest of maintaining a flexible work force, electronics manufacturer Siemens has made its employees an unprecedented offer. All 128,000 Siemens employees in Germany, including those working in its subsidiaries, have been gi...


Europe — SMEs lose millions worth of contracts due to lack of language skills

24 September 2010

With its 23 official languages and over 40 regional and minority languages, the European Union forms a unique multilingual community of countries and people. However, it is estimated that a considerable number of small and medium-sized businesses lose contracts due to a lack of language skills....


Luxembourg — Cross-border temporaries return home during the financial crisis

24 September 2010

Temporary employment has grown by +15% per annum between 1996 and 2007. However, the economic crisis year of 2009 saw a fall of -35% in the sector. During H1 2009 alone temporary employment fell by -47%. The temporary employment sector in the small Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (total population of...