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UK - Little time left to prepare for AWR

20 September 2011

With less than two weeks to go until the Agency Workers Regulation (AWR) comes into force, Croner (part of Wolters Kluwer), the provider of workplace information, software and services is urging businesses, which rely on staffing agency workers, to consider the impact this will have on their company....

Europe - Economic crisis drives pay down

20 September 2011

Average collectively agreed nominal wage increases were lower in 2010 than in 2009 in all 13 European Union countries (EU27) with available data, except in Malta, according to a new report published by the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO).

The highest reductions in nominal pay increases...

UK - CEOs likely to be rewarded on share price performance

20 September 2011

FTSE 100 CEOs who served continuously in the lead up to and through the downturn are more likely to be penalised for poor share performance and rewarded when it improves, according to research carried out by the London Business School on behalf of staffing agency Harvey Nash.

The research found that during...

Russia - Adecco, Exect and Kelly named suppliers for Sochi 2014

20 September 2011

The Committee of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi has named three staffing agencies as the official Organising Committee suppliers: Adecco LLC (Adecco Group), Business Training LLC (Exect Business Training) and Kelly Services CIS LLC (Kelly Services).

The agreement was signed by Dmitry Chernyshenko,...

Germany - Economic expectations continue to decline

20 September 2011

The Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany, published by research institute ZEW, has dropped by -5.7 points in September 2011. This is the seventh decline in a row. The indicator now stands at minus 43.3 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 25.6 points. A lower value...

Switzerland - High currency drives economy down and unemployment up

20 September 2011

The economic outlook for Switzerland has deteriorated over the past few months, according to the latest forecast by the Swiss government's so-called group of economic experts published by the State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO).

This is mainly due to unfavourable foreign trade conditions such as...

Finland - Unemployment fall to 6.6%

20 September 2011

In August 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,522,000, which was +31,000 higher than a year earlier. There were +25,000 more employed men and +6,000 more employed women than in August 2010, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).

In August...

Germany - Growth in agency employment beginning to slow down?

19 September 2011

German medium-sized companies believe that the current business climate is good and that this will continue to be the case in Q4 2011 despite predictions by various German research institutes and the European Union Commission that the business climate is expected to worsen in Q4 2011.

According to new...

Germany - Higher pay is strongest argument for changing job

19 September 2011

27% of German employees are planning to change job over the coming five years and 21% are currently actively looking for a new job, according to research carried out by staffing agency Tempo Team (part of Randstad).

28% of German employees want to change job in order to get an increase in pay. 13% are...

Belgium - Hours worked up +20.6% in construction and up +7.8% in industry

19 September 2011

The number of hours worked per working day in industry (excluding construction) was up by +7.8% in Q2 2011 when compared with Q2 2010, according to the latest statistics published by the Office of National Statistics (ONSS).

Compared with Q1 2011, the number of hours worked per working day in industry...