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UK - Flexible working seen as a genuine business benefit

8 August 2011

The right to request flexible working should be extended to all employees and the government should stick to its implementation timetable of 2015.  Flexible working benefits both employers and employees and the government should resist pressure to create a two-tier labour market through exe...


Germany - One in three would work beyond retirement age

8 August 2011

28% would like to work for an extra two years beyond their age of retirement, according to the latest Work Barometer for Germany published by staffing group Randstad.33% would work for an extra two years if they received a +5% pay increase during the extra time.Petra Timm, Spokesperson of Randsta...


Switzerland - Unemployment falls by -23.3% to 2.8% y-o-y

8 August 2011

The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) fell by -23.3% or by -33,130 individuals to 109,200 in July 2011 compared with July 2010. The unemployment rate fell to 2.8% in July 2011, according to the latest figures published today by the State Secretariat for the E...


UK - Exporters still show signs of strength

8 August 2011

UK exporters are showing signs of strength. However, difficult global economic conditions are creating challenges that affect exporters' investment decisions, and their desire to take on staff, according to the new Trade Confidence Index, launched today, as a measure of the UK's exporting health...


UK - Smaller manufacturers' optimism falls

8 August 2011

Sentiment about the general business situation has fallen among the UK's small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs). Furthermore they expect no growth in demand and output over the coming quarter, and are reappraising their business plans as a result, according to the Confederation of British In...


Italy - GDP up +0.8% y-o-y

8 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up by +0.8% in the second quarter of 2011 when compared with the same quarter of 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (Istat).Compared with the first quarter of 2011, GDP was up by +0.3%.Both the annual and quarterl...


UK - Allied Healthcare's profits up +6.1% in fiscal Q3 2011

5 August 2011

Total revenue increased by +4.2% from $65.7 million in fiscal Q3 2010 to $68.5 million in fiscal Q3 2011 at Allied Healthcare International Inc. (AHCI:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of temporary staffing services to the health care and social care industries in the UK and Ireland.Allied's Homecare...


UK - Ashbourne Group acquired by Kenexa

5 August 2011

Kenexa (KNXA:NSQ), the global provider of business solutions for human resources, has announced the acquisition of The Ashbourne Group, the supplier of HR and occupational psychology services to businesses in the U.K. and Ireland.The Ashbourne Group focuses on the U.K. public sector and has desig...


UK - Pertemps chairman awarded damages following false allegations

5 August 2011

Birmingham businessman Tim Watts has been awarded what is thought to be record costs after a former employee made false claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and victimisation against the Pertemps chairman, allegations ruled totally unfounded following an employment tribunal hearing in the...


Europe - Online recruitment up +21% y-o-y

5 August 2011

The latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published by job board Monster Worldwide Inc, shows +21% year-on-year growth in July 2011, down from the +23% observed in June 2011.Growth takes place across all European Union countries with Germany continuing to lead with +36%.22 of the 24 industry...