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Austria — Unemployment unchanged at 4.7%

24 June 2010

The latest labour market statistics published by Statistik Austria show that there were 4,023,100 employed individuals in Austria in the first quarter of 2010. During the same quarter, 198,000 individuals were unemployed and there were 58,000 job offers registered with the government's job centre...


UK — OECD hails Chancellor's emergency budget

23 June 2010

Secretary-General Angel Gurria of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has hailed the budgetary measures announced yesterday by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister), George Osborne, as a courageous move that will underpin fiscal consolidation while su...


Netherlands — Creyf's wins agency of the year 2010 award

23 June 2010

Staffing agency Creyf's (part of USG People) has won the Agency of the Year 2010 Award organised by specialist staffing publication Flexmarkt in collaboration with Q&A Research & Consultancy. The award is based on research among 13,000 temporary employees and final employer companies. Criteria a...


Europe — Labour market forecast to remain weak for some time to come

23 June 2010

The latest monthly monitor on the European labour market published by the European Commission (covering the period up to April/May 2010) confirms that the labour market in the EU is stabilising, following several months of only relatively moderate deterioration. The economy started to recover fr...


Germany/France — Salaries rise despite recession

23 June 2010

New analysis published jointly by the Statistical Offices of Germany (Destatis) and France (Insee), reveals that salaries rose on average by +2.7% in Germany and +2.2% in France in 2009 compared to the previous year. The high increases during the recession year of 2009 were due to the fact that...


Spain — Restrictions on temporary employment lifted

23 June 2010

The Spanish parliament yesterday voted in favour of labour market reforms proposed by the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and supported via Royal Decree by HM King Juan Carlos, El Pais reports. Temporary employment agencies will now be allowed to work in the c...


Europe — More people struggle to make ends meet

23 June 2010

One European in six reports a constant struggle to pay household bills and three quarters believe that poverty has increased in their country over the past year. These are the key results from a new Eurobarometer survey on social impacts of the crisis, presented by the EU Commission on June 22,...


Germany — Optimism returns in spite of debt crisis

22 June 2010

New research commissioned by insurance giant Allianz and carried out by Hohenheim University among 1,500 statistically representative individuals reveals that 25% of Germans are confident or very confident that the economy will do well over the next 12 months. This is 9 percentage points higher t...


New Research from Western Europe

22 June 2010

  The new WE Briefing - French Data Sources contains a list of data sources for France, covering academic resources, applicable government departments, laws and regulations, contingent workforce market data, trade associations and other organisations including supplier directors and is for membe...


Germany — Improved take-up rate for training programmes

22 June 2010

New research published today by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB) shows that an increasing number of companies are making use of the government's professional training programmes (WeGebAU) for older employees and employees with low qualifications. The research, carried out among 14,...