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UK — HR recruitment activity tailed off slightly during June 2010

8 July 2010

The latest Jobs Index published by recruitment firm Ashdown Group indicates that the number of human resources vacancies fell by -5.52% in June 2010 compared to May 2010, following a strong +10.06% increase during May. With the HR recruitment market having expanded in four of the five previous m...


World — Growth to rise to +4.5% this year says IMF but downside risks have risen sharply

8 July 2010

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts world growth to rise to +4.5% this year, before falling to 4.25% in 2011, with the world average masking large differences around the globe. But despite the stronger than expected first half recovery, the IMF warned that uncertainties surrounding s...


UK — Only 10% of recruiters think existing regulation helps the reputation of the industry

8 July 2010

According to research by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) just 10% of recruiters think current regulation actually enhances the professionalism of the recruitment sector. 49% of recruiters answered 'no' to the question: Does the current regulatory regime provide clients...


UK — Recession has had a strong impact on Northern Ireland but optimism returns

8 July 2010

A new salary guide published by staffing agency Abacus Professional Recruitment shows that salaries in Northern Ireland have dropped by typically -5% to -15% and benefits have been capped or withdrawn completely, while redundancies have spread across virtually each business sector in the region,...


Switzerland — Unemployment falls to 3.7%

8 July 2010

The State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO) today announces unemployment figures for June 2010. The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) has fallen by -6,601 individuals to 144,473 compared to May 2010. The unemployment rate has fallen from 3.8% in May 2010 to...


Europe — Sequential GDP up by +0.2% in Q1 2010

8 July 2010

Second estimates published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that Euro area (EA16*) and EU27** Gross Domestic Product (GDP) both increased by +0.2% during the first quarter of 2010, compared with the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2009, growth rates were...


UK — Hays returns to year-on-year growth driven by international business

8 July 2010

Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the fifth largest staffing company in Europe, has today released an interim management statement for the final quarter of the Company’s financial year ended 30 June 2010. Net fees were up by +14% (+8% on a like-for-like basis) versus the same period last year. Like-for-like...


Italy — Temporary employment up by +9% compared to the lows of 2009

8 July 2010

The latest monthly monitor (Nota Mensile Giugno 2010) published by the Bilateral Association for Temporary Employment (Ebitemp), shows that the seasonally adjusted number of temporary employees was up by +1.7% from 220,000 in April 2009 to 224,000 in April 2010. This is the first growth in tempor...


UK — BCC Economic Survey points to continued UK growth

7 July 2010

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) latest Economic Survey suggest that the UK economy saw further growth in the second quarter of 2010, building on the improvement in the first three months of the year. Key indicators on business conditions, such as employment expectations, in...


UK — Robert Walters sees marked acceleration in recruitment activity in Q2

7 July 2010

Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE), the staffing and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) group, today announces a trading update for the second quarter ended 30 June 2010. Group net fee income (gross profit) was up by +59% from 24.9 million Pounds in Q2 2009 to 39.7 million Pounds in Q2 2010. In con...