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Sweden – Employers want education to become more relevant to the jobs market

24 March 2011

Only 60% of young Swedes who graduated in 2010 have found a qualified job by now. 22% are working in positions for which they are overqualified. The remainder are either still studying for higher degrees or are unemployed.These are the findings of the latest Higher Education Survey, published by...


Netherlands – Employers prefer traditional applications to online profiles

24 March 2011

New research carried out by research firm Heliview on behalf of staffing agency Office Team (part of Robert Half), reveals that 56% of Dutch managers prefer a traditional cover letter and CV to an online profile on Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter.Only 6% of Dutch managers prefer to receive a link t...


Norway – Unemployment revised down to 3.3%

24 March 2011

The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed persons aged 25 to 74 decreased by -7,000 from October 2010 to January 2011, according to the latest Labour force survey (LFS), published by Statistics Norway (SSB).The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December (average November-January) has b...


Ireland – Agency staff pay dispute considered today

23 March 2011

The dispute over pay cuts for agency staff in the health sector is to be considered today by the 'Croke Park Agreement' national implementation body, Irish broadcaster RTE reports. The Croke Park Agreement is a deal between the Irish Government and various public sector unions whereby the governm...


UK – Twenty Recruitment Group's revenues up +350%

23 March 2011

Revenues were up by +350% from 900,000 Pounds in 2009 to 4 million Pounds in 2010 at Twenty Recruitment Group, the multi-sector professional staffing firm.Results for the company's second full year of trading show that net fee income was up by +250% from 600,000 Pounds in 2009 to 2.2 million Poun...


UK – MBO at Hamblin Employment Group

23 March 2011

Isle of Man-based, Hamblin Employment Group has been acquired by its CEO, Emma Allard in a management buy-out from Chairman and founder, Frank Newton.Newton stated that the Hamblin board wished to assure its many clients and associates that with Emma Allard continuing in the role of CEO, it is a...


Germany – Employment forecast to rise to highest levels ever

23 March 2011

Unemployment is forecast to fall to 2.93 million on average in 2011, which would be -320,000 less unemployed than in 2010, according to the latest economic projections by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB).IAB forecasts that employment will rise by +360,000 to an average of 40.84 mill...


Netherlands – Unemployment forecast to fall to 4% in 2012

23 March 2011

The Dutch economy is projected to grow by +1.75% in 2011 and by +1.5% in 2012, according to the 'Central Economic Plan 2011', published by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).These modest growth figures are not sufficient to catch up on the loss in growth sustained during th...


Switzerland – Hourly productivity improves by +1.1%

23 March 2011

The hourly productivity rate in Switzerland has increased by +1.1% in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to the latest 'Productivity Index' published today by research institute BAKBASEL on behalf of Swiss press agency ATS.As a comparison, Gross Domestic Product grew by +2.6% during the same p...


Luxembourg – Unemployment falls to 6.3% in February 2011

23 March 2011

The business climate committee (Comité de Conjoncture) of the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg announces that the number of unemployed who are resident in Luxembourg and registered with the job centres (ADEM) was down by -2% or up by -319 individuals to 15,322 in February 2011 when com...