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OECD Countries - Unit labour costs continue to rise in Q2 2011

22 September 2011

Unit labour costs (ULCs) in the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) show a +0.6% rise in the second quarter of 2011, the third consecutive quarterly increase, according to early estimates from the OECD.

ULCs rose by +0.8% in the Euro area and in...

UK - Fragile economic recovery continues to impact UK salaries

22 September 2011

The aftermath of the financial crisis and the subsequent downfalls in the UK and Continental European economies have had a significant impact on employees’ salaries which are increasing, but below inflation according to  the ‘Salary Increase Survey 2011’ published by Aon Hewitt, the global...

UK - Women are natural entrepreneurs

22 September 2011

A significant percentage of female entrepreneurs (44%) believe their business talents cannot be learnt as they possess an inherent skill set innate to their gender.  

In research undertaken by specialist small business insurer Hiscox, the results found that 82% of female entrepreneurs questioned...

Italy - Agency employment up +17.3%, stronger growth among men

21 September 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was up by +17.3% from 245,880 in Q2 2010 to 288,442 in Q2 2011, according to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).

Quarter-on-quarter, the number of agency temporary...

Spain - ManpowerGroup first to receive permission to work with job centres

21 September 2011

ManpowerGroup Spain is the first staffing group in the country to be officially authorised by the Ministry of Employment to work side-by-side with the government's job centres (SEPE previously INEM) in order to find jobs for the unemployed.

The authorisation is for an initial period of five years after...

Europe - 12 ways to boost job growth

21 September 2011

Asking for labour market reform to spur competitiveness, the European business federation (BusinessEurope) has identified a number of ready-to-use actions, which could bring the European Union (EU) back to work and lead the 27-country bloc closer to its strategic goal of raising the employment rate from...

UK - Flexible working voted top benefit by majority of staff

21 September 2011

According to a recent poll by executive search and selection recruiter Expand, 48% of employees value flexible working as the top benefit an employer could offer, suggesting that employees are now are seeking a more rewarding work/life balance.
The research, conducted via LinkedIn, found that...

World - Retailers will have to hire more older workers to cope with labour shortages

21 September 2011

Over 40 government, employers' and workers' delegates from more than 25 countries meeting at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), will discuss the impact of ageing societies on labour markets in the retail commerce sector on 21-22 September 2011.

The ILO Global Dialogue Forum on the Needs of Older...

World - Weak and bumpy global recovery ahead

21 September 2011

The global economic recovery is slowing, with world growth projected at +4% in both 2011 and 2012, down from over +5% in 2010, according to the latest forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). And even this lowered projection counts on a lot going well.
The IMF foresaw a slowdown this...

UK - Employers combining youth and experience to weather stormy economic waters

21 September 2011

Businesses in the UK are increasingly looking to blend youth with experience in order to safely negotiate the current turbulent economic conditions, according to the latest 'Tracking UK Recruitment' quarterly report by professional staffing recruitment consultancy, Barclay Meade (part of Matchtech Group...