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Europe — 1 billion man hours lost to fictitious sick leave each year

16 July 2010

Across Europe, more than 120 million sick days a year are actually taken for personal reasons rather than for an illness according to Aon Consulting, the employee risk and benefits management firm. 15% of the 7,500 European workers surveyed in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Neth...


UK — Healthcare Locums to acquire Orion, LML and Redwood Health

16 July 2010

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the specialist health and social care staffing firm, has announced that it has entered into conditional agreements to acquire the entire issued share capital of Orion, the business and assets of LML and, subject to shareholder approval, the business and assets of...


Ireland — ESRI predicts migratory outflow of -120,000 people by 2011

15 July 2010

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published its latest Quarterly Economic Commentary for Summer 2010. The main findings of the analysis are: For 2010, GDP is expected to grow by 0.25% in volume terms. The corresponding figure for GNP is for a fall of -0.5%. For 2011,...


Greece — Air traffic controllers strike against pensions reform

15 July 2010

Greek air traffic controllers are out on strike today in order to protest against the pensions reform by the Hellenic (Greek) government, German daily Bild reports. The Hellenic government is desperately trying to get its horrendous budget deficit back under control and improve its rating with i...


UK — Alan Thomson to replace Bob Lawson as Chairman of Hays

15 July 2010

Hays Plc, the global specialist recruitment group, has announced today that Alan Thomson will be joining the board as a non-executive director on 1 October 2010, and will become Chairman following the Annual General Meeting on 10 November 2010 when Bob Lawson, the present Chairman, will retire fr...


Sweden — Government publishes list of sectors with best job prospects

15 July 2010

The latest Professional Compass published by the government's employment services (Arbetsförmedlingen) reveals that the labour market has improved considerably since Q4 2009 and an extra +35,000 people have found jobs since then. The driving force behind this improvement was the private sector a...


Europe — Language barriers and bureaucracy delay globalisation aid paid to the unemployed

15 July 2010

The European Parliament's Budgets Committee claims in a review of the European Union (EU) Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) that the EU institutions could halve the time they take to give financial aid to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of globalisation or the financial crisis. It...


Italy — New energies require new job profiles but the skills are already there

15 July 2010

Up to 60,500 new jobs could be created in Italy in the renewable energies sector over the next 10 years. This is the conclusion of new research carried out by the Italian Filctem Cgil-Ires federation. Paolo Carcassi, Secretary of the UIL union, told Italian daily Libero "energy is more than ever...


Switzerland — Talent shortage can only be addressed by using immigrants

15 July 2010

Urs Schüpbach, Head of staffing agency Manpower Switzerland, feels that after the economic crisis is over there will be a shortage of qualified workers in Switzerland, which can only be filled by workers from abroad, Romandie News reports. Schüpbach said "to be honest, without immigrants it woul...


UK — Remtec and PiR interims form strategic alliance

15 July 2010

Remtec and PiR Interims have announced their new strategic alliance, allowing clients to benefit from a combined expertise in medical device, life science and pharmaceutical recruitment. The two Cambridge based companies can now provide permanent and interim recruitment solutions to the global li...