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UK – Executive Vice-Chairman hits back at HCL board

26 January 2011

Kate Bleasdale, the Executive Vice-Chairman of Healthcare Locums who was suspended yesterday by her Board of Directors together with Diane Jarvis pending the outcome of an internal investigation into what the board called 'serious accounting irregularities' has hit back.Although the company gave...


France – Board reshuffle at Randstad

26 January 2011

The Chairman of staffing agency Randstad France, François Béharel, has reshuffled his Board of Directors, Le Figaro newspaper reports.Director Abdel Aissou has been promoted to Vice-Chairman whilst Michael Hoffmann-Hervé becomes HR Director.Laurent Morestain, previously Strategy and Development D...


UK – Healthcare Locums suspends Bleasdale, Jarvis and its shares

26 January 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the specialist health and social care staffing firm, has announced that the ordinary shares of the company have been suspended from trading on AIM with immediate effect.The board has strong reason to believe that the financial performance of HCL for the year to 31...


Germany – Minimum wage in temporary employment will increase the Black Economy

26 January 2011

New research published by Black Economy expert Professor Schneider of Linz University in collaboration with the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW) reveals that the unexpected growth in the German economy in 2010 has reduced the German Black Economy by -4.2 billion Euro. For 2011 the ex...


UK – GDP falls in Q4 2010 q-o-q but is up y-o-y

26 January 2011

UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decreased by -0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010, following growth of +0.7% in the previous quarter.Output in production industries increased by +0.9%.Output in the construction sector decreased by -3.3%.Output in service industries decreased by -0.5%.GDP increased...


World – Youth unemployment is a world priority at Davos Economic Forum

26 January 2011

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work continues to rise worldwide. In the United Kingdom, for example, government figures show one in five young people is jobless, the highest proportion since records began. Even in countries such as Germany, where the economy has been robust, a skills mis...


UK – StepStone Solutions appoints Nick Discombe as Chairman

26 January 2011

StepStone Solutions, the provider of talent management solutions, has announced the appointment of Nick Discombe to its Board as Chairman.Discombe's appointment follows the management buyout of StepStone Solutions from Axel Springer of Germany, with funding provided by HgCapital.Nick Discombe was...


UK – Brighter outlook for graduates as vacancy numbers increase for first time since recession began

25 January 2011

The number of graduate vacancies rose in last year's recruitment season for the first time since the recession started to bite, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).Despite a slow start to the recruitment year 2009/2010, leading to initially pessimistic forecasts, employers r...


Germany – Consumer climate continues upward trend

25 January 2011

After taking a short breather in the previous month, consumer sentiment continued its upward trend in January 2011. The propensity to buy improved significantly, while economic expectations remained high. By contrast, income expectations declined slightly from the high level previously recorded....


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...