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Germany — Minister presents proposals for temporary employment reforms

18 June 2010

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, has presented a 'discussion paper' in order to initiate negotiations about labour market reforms for temporary employment, German daily Suedwest Presse reports today. The minister wants to introduce a legally binding minimum salary for...


Portugal — 69.6% of employed professionals would work abroad

18 June 2010

The latest salary guide based on interviews with 3,800 professionals published by staffing group Hays Portugal reveals that 84.6% of interviewees who are currently employed would take up a job in another part of Portugal and 69.6% would work abroad. Out of those professionals who are not current...


Germany — DIHK talks of job miracle

18 June 2010

The German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) expect a -90% reduction in reduced working hours schemes (Kurzarbeit) by the end of 2010. DIHK representative Volker Treier told German daily Bild "by the end of the year there should be no more than 100,000 employees on reduced working hours sc...


Europe — EU27 hourly labour costs up by +2.2% year-on-year

17 June 2010

The latest data published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) shows that hourly labour costs in the 16 countries, which share the Euro as a common currency (EA16)* rose by +2.1% in the year up to the first quarter of 2010, compared with +1.7% for the previous quarter. In al...


UK — Financial services hiring at second highest level this year

17 June 2010

According to the latest London Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley, London's financial services jobs market saw a +3% month-on-month increase from 5,569 to 5,733 newly available jobs in May 2010. Compared to May 2009, job opportunities rose by +82%...


OECD Countries — Developing countries set to account for 60% of world GDP by 2030

17 June 2010

The rapid growth of emerging economies has led to a shift in economic power. The aggregate economic weight of developing and emerging economies is about to surpass that of the countries, which currently make up the advanced world. According to 'Perspectives on Global Development: Shifting Wealth...


France — Cegit buys Vedior Front RH

17 June 2010

Human Resources Information Technology (HRIT) specialist Cegit has announced the acquisition of Vedior Front RH from staffing group Randstad. Vedior Front RH is a provider of outsourced HR services and was founded in 2006. The company had a turnover of 1.4 million Euro in 2009. The acquisition...


World — Former Ciett President Wim Ruggenberg passes away

17 June 2010

Wim Ruggenberg was Vice-President of International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) from 1968 to 1990. From 1980 to 1990, Ruggenberg was also the first Chair of the Eurociett committee, dealing with the specific interests of the industry in the European Union. In 1990, he was...


Spain — Labour market reforms approved via provisional Royal Decree

17 June 2010

The Socialist cabinet of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has yesterday approved labour market reforms via a provisional Royal Decree in order to revive the economy and fend off a Greek-style debt crisis. The CCOO and the UGT unions have called for a general strike on 29 September 2010...


UK — Talent resource and retention high priority despite diminishing budgets

17 June 2010

Recruitment remains challenging this year as employers seek to balance the books while successfully resourcing talented employees. This is the main finding from this year's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Resourcing and Talent Planning survey. Despite the reduction in rec...