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Germany - Agency employment accounted for 57% of new jobs in 2010

19 July 2011

The total number of employees in Germany rose by +322,000 to 30.9 million between 2009 and 2010, according to the latest analysis published today by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).During the same period, the number of people in atypical employment increased by +243,000 to 7.84 million....


UK - Growth set to disappoint this year

19 July 2011

Growth in the UK economy is forecast to remain sub-par, as growing global concerns and the European sovereign debt crisis increase uncertainty amongst the business and investment community, according to the latest Ernst & Young ITEM Club report.While world trade has now surpassed 2008 peaks a...


Ireland - GDP growth for the first time in four years

19 July 2011

IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, yesterday said that business remains confident on the outlook for the economy. The group in its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook forecasts Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of +1.5% for 2011, rising to +2.8% in 2012.IBEC Director General, Danny M...


Germany - Morning schools keep mothers out of labour market

19 July 2011

Between 350,000 and 460,000 mothers could enter the labour market if Germany's traditional morning schools were turned into all day schools, as is customary in many other European countries, according to new research by the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA).IZA Expert, Werner Eichhorst, com...


UK - CIPD and ICAEW launch guide on internships

19 July 2011

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), have jointly launched the 'Government's Common Best Practice Code for High-Quality Internships'.The Code has been developed by the Department for Business, Innovati...


UK - Pay rises in private and public sectors

19 July 2011

Average earnings growth including bonuses increased in the year to May 2011, from the April 2011 rate of +2% to +2.3% in May 2011, according to the latest data published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Growth in average earnings excluding bonuses (regular pay) increased from the...


UK - SThree's profit surges

18 July 2011

Revenues were up by +15% from 221.7 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 254.9 million Pounds in H1 2011 at SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the international specialist staffing firm.Interim results for the six months ended 29 May 2011 reveal that gross profit was up by +21.1% from 74.3 million Pounds in H1 2010...


Europe - Recovery in unemployment stalls

18 July 2011

The European Union (EU) average unemployment rate stood at 9.3% in May 2011, the same level as in April 2011 but down -0.4 percentage points compared with May 2010, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet published by the European Commission. The stagnation in May 2011 follows a...


Germany - Government targets workers from Spain, Greece and Portugal

18 July 2011

The Federal Agency for Labour (BA) has stepped up its efforts to recruit qualified workers from other countries in order to cope with the increasing skills gap in the German labour market.Monika Varnhagen, Director at the International Department of the BA (ZAV), told Die Welt newspaper "the...


Ireland - Jobseekers targeted by Australian employment minister

18 July 2011

The Australian government is looking to Ireland's army of unemployed to help solve a looming shortage of skilled workers there, the Irish Independent newspaper reports.Western Australia has enough well-paying job vacancies to employ a third of Ireland's 450,000 unemployed, according to the region...