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UK - Many science graduates struggling to find work despite shortages

8 September 2011

Fewer than half of graduates who leave university with a degree in engineering are working within the field six months later, "astonishing" new figures have shown. Some 20% end up in graduate jobs not related to their degree, while a further 24% find work in sections of the economy not requiring...

UK - Storm over rumours that PM wants to water down AWR

7 September 2011

The Prime Minister's (PM) office has secretly commissioned its own legal advice on the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), according to information obtained by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

It is alleged that Downing Street has been told by lawyers that the Business Secretary's department has "gold-plated"...

UK - Growth of staff placements maintained at modest pace in August

7 September 2011

Permanent staff placements rose in August at a modest pace that was identical to that recorded in the previous month. Similarly, growth of temporary staff billings held broadly steady since July, according to the latest Report on Jobs, published today, by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation...

Austria - Skills gap has become critical and requires unconventional action

7 September 2011

70% of Austrian employers have difficulties in finding qualified personnel and 50% of companies with more than 20 employees simply cannot find the right staff to cover a specific position in the company, according to new research carried out by research firm Market-Institut on behalf of the Austrian...

Ireland - IT sector remains buoyant despite global financial turbulence

7 September 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor, published today, by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) registered a slight decline (-2%) in the number of new professional job opportunities from July 2011 (7,900) to August 2011 (7,767). However, the number of new professional...

Finland - Labour cost up by +2.4% in Q2 2011

7 September 2011

Private sector labour costs increased by +2.4% in April to June 2011 when compared with the respective period of the year before. Labour costs excluding one-off items, such as performance-based bonuses, rose by +2.2% compared with the respective period of the year before. In the corresponding...

UK - Financial services job offers decline in August

7 September 2011

Recruitment activity in August slowed significantly with Insurance firms the most affected, according to figures from pre-employment screening firm Powerchex, the financial services specialist arm of HireRight Inc.

With talk of staff cuts at large institutions, this news adds to the picture that the financial...

UK - Finance professionals prefer home-grown opportunities

7 September 2011

63% of British-based CFOs would not relocate abroad, even when offered the right career opportunity and remuneration package. Of those surveyed, only 16% have relocated abroad during their career, according to new research by recruitment specialist Robert Half.

For those CFOs who would consider relocating...

France - DLSI's H1 revenues up +45.5% due to acquisitions

6 September 2011

Unaudited revenues were up by +45.5% from 70.1 million Euro in H1 2010 to 102.0 million Euro in H1 2011 at DLSI SA (ALDSL:PAR), the France-based temporary and permanent staffing group.

A trading statement for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveals that like-for-like (excluding acquisitions made during...

Netherlands - Staffing agency turnover up +5% y-o-y in August

6 September 2011

In weeks 29 to 32 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +2% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +5%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federation of Private Employment...