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Italy – Agency staff work in 'different' sectors from contract workers

23 February 2011

According to the latest analysis published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp), the distribution by business sector of agency temporary employees differs from the distribution by business sector of contract workers who h...


Portugal – Agency employment to grow further in 2011

23 February 2011

Portuguese daily Sol has contacted the largest temporary employment agencies of Portugal in order to understand the agencies' outlook on 2011.The country's largest staffing agency, Randstad Portugal, forecasts +5% growth in 2011 to revenues of 360 million Euro. Randstad Director, Luis Gonzaga Rib...


Eastern Europe – Polish agency workers in great demand

23 February 2011

The Polish HR Forum (formerly the Federation of Staffing Agencies) has analysed market data for 14 of its 18 member staffing agencies. Revenues generated by these 14 agencies was up by +47% from 76 million Euro in Q3 2009 to 112 million Euro in Q3 2010.Quarter-on-quarter, the revenue generated by...


Sweden – Job coaching scheme a fiasco

23 February 2011

Sweden's National Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) claims that 40% of participants in its Job Coaching Scheme for the unemployed secure a job after receiving help.However, an internal evaluation by the agency of the scheme reveals that the figure includes hourly paid temporary staff who are...


UK – Savile outplacement business drags down results

22 February 2011

Revenues were down from 4.16 million Pounds during the six months ended 31 December 2009 to 4.03 million Pounds during the six months ended 31 December 2010 at Savile Group Plc (SAVG.LSE), the AIM quoted Human Resources consulting group, specialising in outplacement, career transition and talent...


Germany – Temporary employment wage levels eagerly awaited

22 February 2011

The Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) has welcomed yesterday's agreement between the coalition government and the main opposition party (Social Democrats) to bring in a nationally binding minimum wage for temporary employees in order to prevent wage dumping by staffing agencies f...


Netherlands – Agency employment up +10%

22 February 2011

The latest data published today by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU) shows that the number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in The Netherlands was up by +10% in January 2011 (weeks 1 to 4) when compared to the same period last year.Turnover generated by agency te...


Eurozone – Faster growth but surge in price pressures

22 February 2011

The latest Eurozone Composite Output Index published by research firm Markit, rose from 57.0 in January 2011 to 58.4 in February 2011. The latest reading signalled the strongest monthly expansion since July 2006 and one of the strongest growth rates in the near 13-year history of the survey.Growt...


Germany – Consumer climate still rising

22 February 2011

Consumer sentiment in Germany has remained on the ascent in February 2011, according to the latest Consumer Climate Research carried out by economic research firm GfK.Income expectations have increased noticeably, whereas economic expectations and the propensity to buy have recorded slight decrea...


Denmark – Moderate optimism for growth

22 February 2011

The latest Economic Forecast from the Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv) predicts that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow by +1.3% in 2011. The Chamber expects that unemployment levels will rise to 172,000 for the year.Chief Economist, Geert Laier Christensen, commented "the mode...