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Germany - Staffing agencies confident about Q4 2011

26 September 2011

81.1% of agency temporary employees have a permanent employment contract with their staffing agency and 89.5% work full-time, according to the first edition of the new barometer of the medium-sized temporary employment agency sector, published today by the Interest Grouping of German Temporary Employment...

UK - Demand for agency workers remains robust

26 September 2011

With the Agency Workers Regulations now just days away from implementation, employers remain committed to the use of temporary staff over the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
A total of 22% of employers expect...

France - Labour cost up +2.7% y-o-y

26 September 2011

The Labour Cost Index for the private sector, excluding agriculture, rose by +2.7% in Q2 2011 when compared with Q2 2010, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE).

The Labour Cost Index rose most strongly in industry where it was up by...

Austria - Unemployment falls to 4.1% in Q2 2011

26 September 2011

The number of employed increased by +60,000 individuals to a total of 4.14 million in the second quarter of 2011 when compared with the second quarter of 2010. The number of employees as well as the number of self-employed increased (+44,000 and +16,000 respectively), according to the latest data published...

Germany - Business climate cools slightly

26 September 2011

The Business Climate Index for German industry and trade declined once again in September. Business expectations for the coming six months once more deteriorated markedly, according to the latest data, published today, by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research.

The current business situation, however,...

UK - Manufacturers call on government to cut red tape

26 September 2011

Britain's manufacturers have urged the government to redouble its efforts to achieve a meaningful reduction in the burden of regulation at a time when it needs to focus all its efforts on getting the economy growing. The call from manufacturers' organisation EEF comes ahead of the publication of the...

Netherlands - Mood among manufacturers improved, services less optimistic

26 September 2011

The mood among Dutch manufacturers improved in September 2011. The producer confidence indicator rose from -3.3 in August 2011 to -0.5 in September 2011. In the five preceding months, producer confidence has slumped, according to the latest data, published today, by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

France - ManpowerGroup completes Proservia deal

23 September 2011

ManpowerGroup France (MPW:FRA) has completed the acquisition of 70% of shares and voting rights of Proservia SA (ALPRV:PAR) as announced in July 2011. Proservia is a provider of information technology and systems engineering solutions, which were owned by Proservia founder Thierry Congard.

The company...

World - European CFOs predict -5.4% annual fall in agency employment

23 September 2011

Worldwide optimism among CFOs has deteriorated drastically. In Europe and the United States almost two CFOs in three were more pessimistic about economic trends. Over half the European CFOs think the situation in Europe is just as serious as in the United States. So far the United States seems able to...

UK - Capita acquires police HR specialist Cedar

23 September 2011

Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services, has announced today that it has acquired Cedar HR Software Limited for 15 million Pounds on a debt free, cash free basis. Cedar, part of the Advanced Computer Software Group, is a provider...