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World — ILO urges strong action on jobs on the eve of the Toronto G20 summit

21 June 2010

The annual Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has concluded its 2010 session with a strong call for placing employment and social protection at the centre of recovery policies. "We must get the right balance of policies to secure strong, sustainable and balanced growth," sa...


UK — Scottish government spends 13,000 a day on temporary employees

21 June 2010

The Scottish government has revealed that it spends 13,000 Pounds a day on temporary staff, the Daily Express reports. In spite of employing 7,500 permanent staff, figures showed that a recruitment agency received more than 392,000 Pounds in a single month for supplying short-term government wor...


UK — CBI calls for action to make Britain the place to work

21 June 2010

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has today unveiled a package of measures to ensure Britain's labour market is best placed to sustain businesses and jobs during the recovery. In a new report called Making Britain the Place to Work, the UK's leading business group highlights the import...


Switzerland — Labour market recovers faster than expected

21 June 2010

The latest economic forecast for Summer 2010 published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) predicts that the Swiss economy is set to grow by +1.8% this year. The pillars of growth are private consumption and foreign trade. For 2011, KOF is expecting slightly weaker GDP growth of +1.6% on accou...


UK — Scottish labour market continues to improve in May 2010

21 June 2010

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs published today highlights ongoing recovery in the Scottish labour market in May. Appointments in both the permanent and temporary sectors increased, while the number of vacancies available to job seekers also rose markedly. There was nevertheless evide...


France — Minimum salary rises faster than consumer price index

21 June 2010

The report on Labour Market Activity and Conditions in the first quarter of 2010 published on behalf of the government by DARES, reveals that in companies with more than nine employees, excluding the agricultural and public sector, 84% of employees worked full-time (35.6 hours per week) in the fi...


Germany — Business weekly calls for the exclusion of in-house temporary employment agencies

21 June 2010

At its annual conference last week the German Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) demonstrated both great self confidence and a lingering insecurity, German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reports. The confidence is based on the strong growth rate temporary employment is experien...


Portugal — Temporary employment up by +25% in 2009 but revenues rise more slowly

18 June 2010

The number of temporary employees hired via staffing agencies grew by +25% in 2009, a year marked by an overall increase in unemployment. According to data from the Association of Private Employment Agencies (APESPE) there were 150,000 temporary employees in Portugal in 2009. This compares to 12...


UK — Staffline results boosted by new business wins and acquisitions

18 June 2010

Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services group has today announced that a number of new business wins and recent acquisitions combined with increased demand from existing clients have boosted the company's performance. Andy Hogarth, Staffline's Chairman and Chie...


Greece — Q1 2010 unemployment rate reaches 11.7%

18 June 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in Q1 2010 was 11.7%, up from 9.3% in the same period of 2009. During Q1 2010, the percentage of the labour force was 53.9% of the population aged 15 years and over. The female unem...