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UK — Half of women believe maternity leave will damage career

6 July 2010

A new survey from recruitment specialist Poolia shows that many female recruiters in London's financial heartland admit to sexist attitudes within their companies which can lead to career challenges for their female employees. Whilst many were positive about prospects for women in their organisa...


Spain — Gerontology specialists and multi-lingual doctors thrive in the pharmaceutical industry

6 July 2010

Research carried out by staffing services group Hays Spain reveals that the demand for gerontology* specialists is expected to rise exponentially due to the aging population. In general, demand for doctors was five times higher than supply in Spain last year. Especially those doctors who speak s...


Europe — Herwig Muyldermans appointed as Special Vice-President of Eurociett

5 July 2010

Herwig Muyldermans, Director General of the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon), has been appointed Special Vice-President of the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), for the duration of the Belgian European Union Council Presidency, which started on 1 July...


UK — Government wants to change civil service redundancy terms

5 July 2010

In view of the -600,000 public sector jobs, which could be cut over the next five years in order to slash the UK's record budget deficit, ministers are due to meet civil service unions officials to discuss changes to redundancy terms in order to reduce costs of cutting staff, the BBC reports. Th...


Switzerland — Executive pay up in 2009 despite the economic crisis

5 July 2010

The latest report on executive remuneration at the 49 largest listed companies of Switzerland published by the Swiss Foundation for Sustainable Development (Ethos), shows the aggregate remuneration of the members of the board of directors and of the executive management increased by +21% to 1.27...


Germany — World Cup squad a model for successful labour reform

5 July 2010

Unless the German government comes up with a labour market oriented immigration policy, business will increasingly suffer skills shortages and domestic consumption will continue to stagnate. This is the view of Professor Dr. Michael Hüther of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. Hüther...


UK — Introduction of training wage fundamentally inadequate and unfair says NCWE

5 July 2010

Commenting on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) proposed introduction of a training wage, Heather Collier, director of the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) said, "The NCWE supports the CIPD's concern regarding the potential exploitation of interns and for th...


France — Overtime worked by permanent employees up by +9.6%

5 July 2010

According to the latest quarterly Labour Market Conditions Survey for Q1 2010 published by Dares on behalf of the French government, the number of hours worked overtime by permanent workers in companies with more than 10 employees was up by +9.6% when compared to Q1 2009. The number of hours wor...


Ireland — Employment opportunities and skill shortages continue to exist

2 July 2010

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has published the 2010 update of the National Skills Bulletin, its annual review of employment and skills in Ireland. This year's Bulletin confirms that during 2009 most labour market indicators deteriorated compared to 2008. However, the report als...


UK — London businesses feeling more upbeat

2 July 2010

The latest London Business Survey published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and KPMG reveals that London businesses are more upbeat about the coming half-year, and while most firms still feel some impact from the recession, spending plans have improved on six months ago. The surve...