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Germany — Employer President calls for minimum wage for temporary employees

13 October 2010

The debate among employers, unions and the government about the introduction of a legally binding minimum wage for temporary employees is hotting up. Dieter Hundt, the President of the Association of German Employers (BDA), of all people, has now called for a minimum wage in the face of the ope...


Europe — Volt names Richard Herring as Managing Director Europe and Southeast Asia

13 October 2010

The European staffing business unit of Volt Information Sciences, the global talent acquisition and technology specialist, has announced the promotion of Richard Herring to Managing Director. Mr. Herring will be responsible for Volt's staffing operations in Europe and Southeast Asia. Herring, who...


World — Global job creation grinds to near-halt in September

13 October 2010

The JPMorgan Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey, compiled by Markit, showed employment barely rose for the second successive month in September 2010, with the rate of job creation slipping closer to stagnation. Comparisons of the PMI with official labour market data suggest that globa...


UK — Unemployment falls slightly to 7.7% in three months to August 2010

13 October 2010

The latest Labour Market Statistics published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to August 2010 was 70.7%, up +0.2 on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over increased by 178,00...


World — Economic participation of women is key for future growth

13 October 2010

The World Economic Forum's latest Global Gender Gap Report shows that women are still falling behind men when it comes to economic participation. Manpower Inc., a partner of the Forum's Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme, echoed the annual report's call for a true gender revolution to mob...


France — Open-ended strike against raising retirement age

13 October 2010

French commuters face a second day of chaos today as unions pressed on with an open-ended strike against the government's plan to raise the retirement age by two years, the Press Association reports. Yesterday 1.2 million people marched in protest, according to police figures. Unions put the fig...


Europe — Agency work promotes job mobility, says Eurociett

12 October 2010

A new leaflet published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), presents best-practice examples illustrating how the agency work industry provides access to the labour market, facilitates transitions in the labour market and supports the re-integration of long-te...


UK — Recovery slows in Q3 but double dip can be avoided, says BCC

12 October 2010

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), with over 5,000 business responses, suggest that the UK economy slowed considerably in the third quarter of 2010, following unusually strong growth recorded in the second quarter of the year. But UK grow...


Sweden — Economics Nobel prize awarded for labour market analysis

12 October 2010

Two Americans and a British-Cypriot economist have won the 2010 Nobel economics prize for developing a theory that helps explain why many people can remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies, Associated Press reports. Federal Reserve board nominee Peter Diamond was honoured along...


UK — 11.5% of households are workless

12 October 2010

A new report entitled 'More Producers Needed: why tackling workless households can lead to growth' published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), reveals that: Of all the largest EU economies, the UK has the highest incidence of workless households (11.5% of all UK households are workles...