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UK - Hydrogen's trading ahead of the Board's expectations

1 July 2010

Hydrogen Group plc (HYDG:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment business, has today issued a trading update for the six months ended 30 June 2010. The group said "the improving trends in our markets, highlighted at the time of our last trading update on 30 April 2010, have continued. We ha...


Switzerland — BRIC countries are both an opportunity and a threat

1 July 2010

The rapid growth of the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is regarded as both an opportunity and a threat by Swiss small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is the outcome of the SME Barometer 2010 published today by Ernst & Young Switzerland. 25% of Swiss SMEs see...


Netherlands — Increased cross-border commuting by temporary employees from Germany

30 June 2010

There has been a significant increase of cross-border commuters from Germany and to a lesser degree, from Belgium into the Netherlands over the past few years, Andre Corpeleijn of the Dutch Statistics Office (CBS) told Belgian magazine NederBelgisch. According to CBS, there were 35,000 cross-bor...


Europe — Tax on labour unchanged during downturnv1

30 June 2010

The latest European Union (EU) taxation trends published by the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat) show that the overall tax-to-GDP ratio in the EU27* was 39.3% in 2008, the first year of the economic and financial crisis, compared with 39.7% in 2007. The EU27 tax ratio was 40.6% in 2000, fell to 3...


Europe — Tax on labour unchanged during downturn

30 June 2010

The latest European Union (EU) taxation trends published by the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat) show that the overall tax-to-GDP ratio in the EU27* was 39.3% in 2008, the first year of the economic and financial crisis, compared with 39.7% in 2007. The EU27 tax ratio was 40.6% in 2000, fell to 3...


Germany — Temporary employment is a job in itself

30 June 2010

New research carried out by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB), reveals that 25% of temporary employees in Germany were unemployed for at least 50% of the time during the two-year period before they took on their temporary job. During the two-year period after they left their tempora...


France — Temporary employment up by +19% year-on-year

30 June 2010

According to the latest data published today by Dares on behalf of the government, there were 524,000 temporary employees in France in total at the end of Q1 2010. This is an increase of +6.2% or + 30,400 individuals compared to Q4 2009. Year-on-year, temporary employment was up by +19% or +85,4...


Belgium — More students need to work throughout the year

30 June 2010

According to a new report on student labour published by staffing agency Randstad, between 360,000 and 400,000 students will be looking for a Summer (July to September) job this year. This accounts for 62% of all students and is expected to remain stable compared to last year. Last year, 160,000...


France — Annus horribilis of 2009 is over but association remains prudent

30 June 2010

Arnaud de la Tour, the newly re-elected President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (PRISME), told a press conference in Paris yesterday that temporary employment in France has started recovering since the beginning of the year but that it is still too early to say if this trend...


Germany — The harvest of the labour market reforms

29 June 2010

New research published by business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reveals that 24% of German companies intend to increase their staff levels in the second half of 2010 compared to 11% of companies which intend to reduce their staff levels during the same period. In the services sector, 28% of companies...