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Germany — GDP growth forecast at +3.5% in 2010, unemployment to fall below 3 million

14 October 2010

The latest joint economic diagnosis by Germany's leading economic research institutes (see below) forecasts a +3.5% growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the year 2010 and a +2% growth for the year 2011. The institutes therefore expect the labour market to improve further. The number of une...


Eastern Europe — Slovakian executives are the most optimistic in the region

14 October 2010

The results of the latest Business Sentiment Index from Deloitte Central Europe show that more and more executives in the Central European countries surveyed have slowly increasing positive expectations about the business prospects of their companies and economies. The survey indicates that diff...


UK — Manpower service providers will have new opportunities in future, says PwC

13 October 2010

According to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) entitled, "Sectoral and regional impact of the fiscal squeeze", published today, almost half a million private sector jobs could be lost as a result of the upcoming public sector spending cuts and private sector gross output could be reduc...


Belgium — Randstad apologises for discriminatory job advertisement

13 October 2010

Staffing group Randstad Belgium has apologised for the wording of a job advertisement for a welding job, Belgian business daily Express reports. The advertisement published on behalf of a Belgian metal firm stated that "the ex-employees of DAF are not eligible because they have a totally differe...


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13 October 2010

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Italy — Number of temporary employees up by +21% y-o-y in August 2010

13 October 2010

According to the latest data published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, the seasonally adjusted amount of money paid to temporary employees was up by +24% in August 2010 compared to August 2009. Month-on-month, the a...


Germany — Employer President calls for minimum wage for temporary employees

13 October 2010

The debate among employers, unions and the government about the introduction of a legally binding minimum wage for temporary employees is hotting up. Dieter Hundt, the President of the Association of German Employers (BDA), of all people, has now called for a minimum wage in the face of the ope...


Europe — Volt names Richard Herring as Managing Director Europe and Southeast Asia

13 October 2010

The European staffing business unit of Volt Information Sciences, the global talent acquisition and technology specialist, has announced the promotion of Richard Herring to Managing Director. Mr. Herring will be responsible for Volt's staffing operations in Europe and Southeast Asia. Herring, who...


World — Global job creation grinds to near-halt in September

13 October 2010

The JPMorgan Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey, compiled by Markit, showed employment barely rose for the second successive month in September 2010, with the rate of job creation slipping closer to stagnation. Comparisons of the PMI with official labour market data suggest that globa...


UK — Unemployment falls slightly to 7.7% in three months to August 2010

13 October 2010

The latest Labour Market Statistics published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to August 2010 was 70.7%, up +0.2 on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over increased by 178,00...