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France - Unemployment up +3% y-o-y in September

28 October 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in September 2011 was up by +3% to 2,780,500 compared with September 2010. Compared with the previous month, it was up by +0.9% or up by +26,000 individuals, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf...

Netherlands - Randstad's growth slows in Q3

27 October 2011

Revenues were up by +12% from 3.8 billion Euro in Q3 2010 to 4.2 billion Euro in Q3 2011 at Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX), the world's second largest staffing firm. Organically (excluding the impact of currencies, acquisitions, disposals and re-classifications) revenues were up by +7%.

Gross profit was...

France - Synergie's Q3 revenues up +11%, seeks further acquisitions

27 October 2011

Group revenues were up by +10.8% from 341.8 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 378.7 million Euro in Q3 2011 at Synergie SA (SDG:PAR), the staffing and training services group.

Interim results for Q3 and the nine months ended 30 September 2011 reveal that revenues generated in France were up by +11.5% from 199.6...

Sweden - Wise's profits double in Q3

27 October 2011

Revenues were up by +75% from 3 million Euro in Q3 2010 to 5.26 million Euro in Q3 2011 at Wise Group AB (WISE:STO), the Sweden-based provider of services and tools in the area of Human Resources Management (HRM).

Interim results for the three months ended 30 September 2011 reveal that operating profit...

UK - Employer hiring intentions show signs of improvement

27 October 2011

Although employer confidence remains fragile, there are signs that employers are becoming more confident about longer-term hiring intentions, according to the latest JobsOutlook, published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
Employers confident about growing workforce in the...

UK - Sentiment falls sharply as prospects for manufacturing worsen

27 October 2011

Sentiment has deteriorated sharply among UK manufacturers, in anticipation of significant falls in activity over the next three months, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Manufacturing orders and output are expected to fall over the next quarter, following modest rises in domestic...

International - Robert Half's net income more than doubles in Q3 2011

26 October 2011

Total revenues were up 20% from $817.3 million in Q3 2010 to $984.7 million in Q3 2011 at Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialist staffing and risk consulting services group. Third quarter revenues for international staffing operations were $264 million, an increase of +29%...

Netherlands - Minister proposes law to extend temporary contracts for over 65’s

26 October 2011

The Dutch Social Affairs Minister, Henk Kamp, has tabled a draft Bill designed to make it easier to work beyond the age of 65, the Federation of European Employers (FedEE) reports.

Under the Bill employers would be allowed to extend temporary employment contracts for older workers beyond the current limit...

World - No consensus reached with unions at ILO meeting on agency staff

26 October 2011

At the International Labour Organisation (ILO) tripartite Global Dialogue Forum on private employment agencies that took place in Geneva on 18 and 19 October 2011, the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) called for appropriate regulation to be adopted worldwide for the...

UK - DPM calls for more frank discussions and less red tape

26 October 2011

Yesterday's speech by the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Nick Clegg in which he called for a more rational and realistic debate on employment regulation has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Arguing for a greater focus on the opportunity to boost growth...