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World - The profile of a corporate fraudster

16 June 2011

The average profile of a corporate fraudster is a man who has worked in a company for several years and who rarely acts alone. The offenders share similar motives and despite red flags, often remain undetected for quite a while. The results show an increase in the proportion of offenders at both...


Ireland - Workplace violence on the increase

16 June 2011

84% (75% in 2009) of Irish employees have admitted wanting to unleash violence on a colleague. 68% admitted incompetence of fellow employees raises anger and 56% (42% in 2009) of employers have experienced workplace rage ranging from office vandalism, through to physical violence, according to ne...


Norway - Adecco to reimburse City of Oslo after nursing home scandal

15 June 2011

Staffing agency Adecco has been asked to pay 23.7 million Norwegian Krone (3 million Euro) back to the City of Oslo after a scandal regarding working conditions at state nursing homes run under contract by the company, specialist publication NewsinEnglish reports. Adecco's Health Division, Adecco...


Belgium - Adecco appeals against fine for racism

15 June 2011

Adecco Belgium has decided to appeal against the sentence by the Court of First Instance of Brussels to pay 25,000 Euro to SOS Racisme and a symbolic fine of 1 Euro to the Socialist Union ABVV for racist practices in employment.The case goes back ten years and concerns racist employment practices...


France - Agency employment falls slightly m-o-m but up +11.3% y-o-y

15 June 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was down by -0.7% or down by -4,700 individuals to 661,600 in April 2011 when compared with the previous months, according to the latest data published by the government's official job centres (Pôle Emploi).Year-on-year, the number of agency temporary empl...


UK - Largest fall in unemployment since 2000

15 June 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to April 2011 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down -0.3 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people fell by -88,000 over the quarter to reach 2.43 million, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by the Off...


UK - Capita gets all clear for acquisition of Tribal's health business

15 June 2011

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided, on the information currently available to it, that a relevant merger situation, under the provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, has not been created in the anticipated acquisition by Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE) of the health and government consulting...


UK - Return of war for talent and huge skills gaps despite widespread unemployment

15 June 2011

Employers are being inundated with unsuitable candidates, struggling to fill vacancies, and talented individuals are staying put, concluding that the grass is greener on their own side of the fence in these volatile economic times. These are the top line findings from the annual Chartered Instit...


Germany - Economic boom drives up sick leave

15 June 2011

The average German worker took -8.5 days off work in 2010 due to sick leave, according to statistics published by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB). This is the highest number of days since 2002.During the post-reunification boom in the early 1990s, more than 5% of German employees t...


Netherlands – GDP growth to average +2% for next couple of years

15 June 2011

Over the next few years the growth rate of the Dutch economy is expected to remain subdued, with GDP growth stabilising at around 2% annually, according to the new half-yearly forecast by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).   Due to a positive spike in the first quarter, the economic outlook for t...