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UK - Gender gap for contractors widens as rates are squeezed

23 June 2011

The average hourly rate for umbrella contractors has fallen in the last 12 months from 34.41 Pounds to 33.12 Pounds. However, contractors over 35 are typically 10 Pounds an hour better off than their younger counterparts, according to the latest Insight Index published by professional business s...


UK - On the job training instead of university due to exorbitant fees

23 June 2011

If faced with today's costs, only 40% of accountancy and finance professionals would have gone to university.   The coalition's increase of university tuition fees to 9,000 Pounds per year means the cost of doing a three year course, including fees, loans and the opportunity cost of not bei...


UK - Business optimism returns to London

23 June 2011

More London firms are hiring as normal and fewer are resorting to redundancies compared with six months ago, as companies are cautiously optimistic about business prospects, according to the latest London Business Survey published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and financial serv...


UK - Jobpartners acquired by Taleo

22 June 2011

Taleo Corporation (TLEO:NSQ), the US-based provider of on-demand talent management solutions, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Jobpartners, the privately-owned human resources and talent management solutions provider.Headquartered in London, Jobpartners has offic...


UK - InterQuest acquires CCL

22 June 2011

IT staffing specialist, InterQuest Group Plc (ITQ:LSE), has announced the acquisition of Contract Connections Limited (CCL), the technology staffing business specialising in the provision of  contract and permanent IT personnel to the legal sector. The acquisition will be for a total conside...


Germany - Coalition split over immigration of non-EU workers

22 June 2011

The coalition government is split on the question of how to deal with the shortage of skilled workers via immigration from non-European Union (EU) countries.After the new decision to drop the 'Germans and EU citizens first' approach for medical doctors and engineers, the smaller Free Democrat coa...


Europe - Luxembourg has highest GDP per capita

22 June 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita varied across the member states from 43% to 283% of the entire European Union (EU27) average of 100%, according to the latest data published by the statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).In Spain, Italy and Cyprus, GDP per capita was around the...


Netherlands - Unemployment expected to fall to 4% in 2012

22 June 2011

The Dutch economy is expected to grow by +2% in 2010, according to the latest forecast by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).In 2012 CPB expects a further +1.7% increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Growth will be due to exports with a smaller contribution from domestic...


Sweden - Record growth falling off but still +4.5%

22 June 2011

Growth is slackening this year after a record surge in 2010 of 5.4%. At the same time, unemployment is decreasing more slowly and will not come down to 6% until 2015. Maintaining an expansionary economic policy in the next few years will help Sweden to emerge from the recession more quickly, acco...


Switzerland - Economic outlook diminishes once again

22 June 2011

The index of economic expectations, published today by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of Crédit Suisse has dropped noticeably in June 2011 for the second consecutive month, falling from -11.5 to the -24.3 mark, which is the lowest level recorded since November 2010.59.5...