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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...


UK — New rates for the National Minimum Wage

24 September 2010

The government informs that new National Minimum Wage rates and entitlements will apply from 1 October 2010. The new rates will be: 3.64 Pounds per hour for 16-17 year olds (previously 3.57 Pounds). 4.92 Pounds per hour for 18-20 year olds (a 9 Pence increase from 4.83 Pounds). 5.9...


Netherlands — Economy recovers faster than expected but government more cautious on 2011

24 September 2010

The Dutch economy grew slightly faster than previously estimated in the second quarter, partly due to higher-than-expected productivity, the Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics said Thursday. Gross domestic product rose by +1% in the second quarter from the first quarter and by +2.2% compared wi...


UK — Mismatch in supply of graduates

24 September 2010

A new report published by independent think-tank The Work Foundation argues that, contrary to popular belief, the UK actually needs more graduates and the only viable option will be to increase fees. The challenge will be for the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable...


UK — PPMA calls for consistent approach on senior pay across the public sector

24 September 2010

The recent revelations that 9,000 senior civil servants earn more than the Prime Minister continue to stir up emotions on the eve of the government's austerity spending cuts to be announced in October. The Public Sector People Managers' Association (PPMA) has taken a clear position on senior pub...