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UK — Matchtech restructures to address market changes

7 October 2010

Revenues were down by -2% from 269.6 million Pounds in 2009 to 264.4 million Pounds in 2010 at Matchtech Group Plc (MTEC:LSE), the specialist technical recruitment company. Preliminary results for the year ended 31 July 2010 reveal that H2 revenues were up by +11% in 2010 compared to the previou...


Germany — Minister in favour of substantial wage increases

7 October 2010

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle, has told German daily Hamburger Abendblatt that "when the economy is doing well substantial wage increases are possible." Whilst Brüderle made it clear that wage increases were a matter, which must be decided via collective barga...


UK — Hays's net fees up by +21% with strong contribution from Asia Pacific

7 October 2010

Net fees were up by +21% in the first quarter of the financial year ended 30 September 2010 compared to the same quarter last year at Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the fifth largest staffing company in Europe. An interim management statement released today shows that net fees in constant currency were up...


Belgium — Federation opposed to the simple abolishment of daily temporary employment contracts

7 October 2010

The Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon) has responded to demands by the FGTB union to simply abolish temporary employment contracts, which only last one day. The Federation says in a statement "such an abolishment is unthinkable for Federgon. Daily contracts are often necessary for a go...


France — Unemployment falls slightly in Q2 2010

6 October 2010

The latest statistics published today by DARES on behalf of the French government reveal that employment in the private sector (excluding agriculture) has grown by +24,000 jobs in the second quarter of 2010. This follows a growth of +36,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2010. In the services sect...


UK — Slowdown in recruitment growth continued in September

6 October 2010

The latest monthly Report on Jobs published today by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and professional services group KPMG reveals permanent staff placements and temporary/contract staff billings both rose at weaker rates in September. The latest increase in permanent appointmen...


UK — Signs of improvement in the interim management sector

6 October 2010

The latest Annual Interim Management Survey, published today by the Institute of Interim Management, reveals that 2010 was not the improvement on 2009 that most Interim Managers had hoped for. Signs of improvement are starting to filter through, reported by Service Providers, but many Interim Man...


Ireland — Un-productive meetings are greatest bugbear for workers

6 October 2010

"In the current financial climate" has been named as the most irritating phrase used in meetings according to a survey by recruitment website IrishJobs.ie. 30% of respondents told IrishJobs.ie that the recessionary buzz-phrase is the term they disliked the most, followed by "going forward" (22%)...


Eastern Europe — Summary of 2010 changes to Hungarian labour code

6 October 2010

Significant changes have been made to the Hungarian Labour Code in 2010, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. The outgoing liberal left government changed the rules on subcontracting workers, childcare provisions and penalties for illegal work. The casual employment book...


UK — REC raises major concerns on AWR at Conservative Conference

6 October 2010

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has highlighted the recruitment industry's concerns on the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) at this week's Conservative Party Conference. During the last few days, discussions on jobs and skills included a specific focus on lightenin...