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UK – Bumper bonus for City HR professionals

28 February 2011

HR professionals' incomes rose by +12% in 2010 according to research by HR recruiter Ortus (part of FiveTen Group), who polled almost 900 professionals in the second half of last year.   The increases were fuelled by higher than expected bonus payments as 2010 proved to be a bumper bonus ye...


Switzerland – GDP growth expected to accelerate in 2011

28 February 2011

The latest Economic Barometer published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) reached the high level of 2.18 points in February 2011, an increase of 0.02 points relative to the previous month.The moderate downwards movement observed in the second half of 2010 has therefore been reversed. This ind...


Norway – Good experience with Quotas for women

28 February 2011

In 2005, the Norwegian parliament passed a law requiring both genders to be represented by at least 40% on the boards of all public limited companies. The reform involves more than 400 companies, many of which are large and quoted on the stock exchange. The legal change meant many companies were...


Iceland – Unemployment higher in the capital

28 February 2011

The number of persons in the labour force in 2010 was 180,900 of which 167,300 were employed and 13,700 unemployed, according to the latest Labour Market Statistics published today by Statistics Iceland (Hagstofa Islands).The activity rate was 81%, the employment rate was 74.9% and the unemployme...


Belgium – Valesta acquired by On Assignment

25 February 2011

Valesta, the privately-owned provider of specialised staffing in the area of clinical research with headquarters in Mechelen (Belgium) and branch offices in Spain and The Netherlands has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by On Assignment, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASGN), the US-based global provide...


Netherlands – Agency employment rises in 2010

25 February 2011

The number of hours worked by agency temporary employees was up by +2% in Q4 2010 when compared to the previous quarter according to new data published today by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This was the third quarterly growth in a row, albeit at a slower pace. In the second and third quarter of...


France – Unemployment down -0.7%

25 February 2011

The latest data published by DARES on behalf of the official government job centres (Pôle Emploi) reveals that the number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in January 2011 was down by -0.7% or -19,300 individuals to 2,703,200 compared to the previous m...


Sweden – Labour force grew in 2010

25 February 2011

+55,000 more persons were in the labour force in 2010 compared to 2009 according to Statistics Sweden (SCB).On average, 4,546,000 persons were employed, an increase of +47,000. The number of unemployed amounted to 416,000 which corresponds to 8.4% of the labour force.The total number of hours wor...


Norway – Unemployment at 3.4%

25 February 2011

Between September and December 2010, the number of employed persons rose by +18,000. The unemployment rate in December 2010 was 3.4%, according to the  latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Norway (SSB).Adjusted for seasonal variations, the number of unemployed persons was reduc...


Europe – London has highest GDP

25 February 2011

The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), has published regional GDP per inhabitant levels expressed in terms of purchasing power standards for the entire European Union (EU27), which ranged from 28% of the EU27 average in the region of Severozapaden in Bulgaria, to 343% of the ave...