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UK - Private sector ill equipped for growth and job creation

4 October 2011

A report, released today, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) reveals the concerns held by the UK's managers and leaders about the current economic situation and the private sector's ability to provide growth and jobs in the coming months. CMI's bi-annual Economic Outlook report does, however,...

World - Fred van Haasteren appointed President of Ciett

4 October 2011

Fred van Haasteren, Executive Vice-President Social & General Affairs at Randstad Holding, has been appointed President of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett).

After joining Randstad in 1982, van Haasteren was responsible for the development of Randstad's own HR...

AWR – It’s here!

3 October 2011

After years of deliberation, frustration and negotiation, the Agency Workers Regulations finally came into force in the UK on Saturday. Staffing companies have spent months in planning for the change in regulations by upgrading software and processes, re-training staff and educating their clients.


Eurozone - Job creation in manufacturing slows to 15-month low

3 October 2011

The Eurozone manufacturing sector contracted for the second successive month in September. At 48.5, down from 49.0 in August, the final Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), published by research firm Markit, came in slightly above the flash estimate of 48.4, but nonetheless hit its...

UK - JobsOutlook survey shows 90% client satisfaction rate

3 October 2011

This month's JobsOutlook survey, published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), confirms that 93% of clients are satisfied or very satisfied with the performance of the recruitment agencies they use.
The latest data shows that only 3% of employers are dissatisfied with the...

Spain - Internet now more important than personal contacts

3 October 2011

In the country where personal contacts were traditionally the most important 'medium' for finding a job, the internet has now taken over in terms of importance, according to new research carried out by staffing agency Adecco Spain, among 496 employers and 9,215 job seekers.

27% of employers say that the...

Italy - Gross average earnings increase by +4.1% y-o-y

3 October 2011

In July 2011 the seasonally adjusted employment index in large firms decreased by +0.1% compared with June 2011 (-0.2% in industry and unchanged in services), according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (Istat).

Excluding short-time working (Cig) the index decreased...

Sweden - Labour Cost Index rises y-o-y

3 October 2011

The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in July 2011 was 104.9 for wage-earners and 106.4 for salaried employees. Compared with July 2010, labour costs have increased by +2.9% for wage-earners and by +1.4% for salaried employees, according to the latest analysis published by Statistics Sweden...

UK - Pace of growth in financial services sector slows

3 October 2011

The pace of growth in the UK financial services sector continued to slow in the three months to September, according to the latest Financial Services Survey, published today, by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and professional services firm PwC.
In the next three months, firms expect...

UK - Government launches red tape challenge as report suggests small businesses held back by employment regulation

3 October 2011

Businesses have today been called upon by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to help tackle employment related law, bureaucracy and red tape in the latest phase of the Employment Law Review.

For the next three weeks the Red Tape Challenge will focus on more than 160 different cross-government...