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Belgium – Randstad defends client against discrimination charge

10 March 2011

The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism has issued a first statement regarding the temporary employee who was sacked for wearing a headscarf at work. The woman, who worked for department store HEMA via staffing agency Randstad, had her contract terminated because customers and...


Ireland – 75% of senior managers think that training is important

10 March 2011

Lack of funding (53.1%) and lack of time to do training (57.1%) are the biggest barriers to Irish organisations training their staff, according to new research published today by IT services company Origina.However, 37.5% of respondents said that training was extremely important and a further 37....


Spain – Labour cost up +0.6%

10 March 2011

The cost per hour worked increased by +0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (INE).After adjusting for calendar and seasonal effects, the inter-annual rate stood at +0.1...


Greece – Unemployment rises to 14.8%

10 March 2011

The unemployment rate in December 2010 was 14.8% compared to 10.2% in December 2009 and 13.9% in November 2010, the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority reveals.The number of employed amounted to 4,233,765 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 73...


UK – New Chair and Deputy at the IMA

10 March 2011

The Interim Management Association (IMA), has appointed Jason Atkinson, Managing Director at Russam GMS as Chair, with Raj Tulsiani, Co-Founder and CEO at Green Park Executive Resourcing in the role of Vice Chair for the organisation.Atkinson and Tulsiani will now focus on developing the vision f...


Germany – Temporary employees conned into union membership

9 March 2011

The waves created by the Highest Labour Court's (BAG) decision, to render all collective bargaining agreements negotiated by the Christian Unions (CGZP) on behalf of agency temporary employees null and void, are refusing to die down.The court ruling means that some staffing agencies will have to...


Belgium – Temporary employee sacked for wearing headscarf

9 March 2011

The Belgian government has ordered an investigation into the affair of a Muslim woman whose temporary employment contract was not renewed by staffing agency Randstad because her final employer, HEMA department stores, objected to her wearing a headscarf at work, De Stentor newspaper reports.Deput...


UK – Jobs growth accelerates

9 March 2011

The latest Report on Jobs, published today by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and professional services firm KPMG, shows that February 2011 data signalled strong and accelerated rises in both permanent staff placements and temporary staff billings. The former increased at the s...


Switzerland – Unemployment falls to 3.6%

9 March 2011

The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) has fallen by -5,495 individuals to 143,325 in February 2011 compared to January 2011, according to the latest figures published by the State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO).The unemployment rate fell from 3.8% in Janu...


Europe – Recovery broadening but price pressures surge

9 March 2011

The latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for the European Union (EU) published by research firm Markit sector data signalled that manufacturers continued to lead the recovery, but many other sectors saw faster growth, notably construction and finance.However, with many sectors posting reco...