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Austria - Second successive fall in manufacturing production

30 August 2011

Operating conditions in the Austrian manufacturing sector were broadly stagnant in August as both output and new orders decreased again. However, firms continued to increase employment during the month. Rates of inflation for both input costs and output prices eased further.

The seasonally adjusted ‘Bank...

UK - Network Group PBT up +86%, seeks acquisitions

29 August 2011

Revenues were up by +9.5% from 25.1 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 27.5 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Network Group Holdings (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business process outsourcing group.

Interim results for the six months ended 31 May 2011 reveal that operating profit was up by +59.7% from...

France - Anonymous CV likely to be abandoned

29 August 2011

The anonymous Curriculum Vitae (CV), which was introduced by law in 2006 by the government, does not appear to have the desired effect on reducing discrimination in the recruitment process, according to a report from the Research Centre for the Economy (CREST).

The idea was that all companies with more...

Germany - GDP growth forecast to slow down to +2% in 2012

29 August 2011

The German government projects Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of +2% in 2012 according to as yet unpublished information from the Ministry of Finance obtained by news magazine Der Spiegel.

In an internal document the Ministry says "Germany's economic growth is likely to continue in 2012, driven...

Spain - GDP rises y-o-y but employment still falls

29 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up by +0.7% in Q2 2011 when compared with Q2 2010. Quarter-on-quarter, GDP was down by -0.2%, according to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics (INE).

Quarter-on-quarter, domestic consumption fell by -1.9 percentage points whilst foreign demand...

Switzerland - Economy expected to grow at a far slower pace

29 August 2011

The Economic Barometer, published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF), has fallen sharply. The Barometer fell by -0.37 points in August 2011 compared with July 2011 (1.98, revised from 2.04) and now stands at 1.61 points.

There has not been such a sharp fall for more than two years. The growth rate...

Netherlands - Agency employment up, revenues forecast to grow

26 August 2011

The number of hours worked in agency temporary employment increased for the fifth consecutive quarter. In the second quarter of 2011, it grew by more than +2% relative to the preceding quarter, according to the latest data, published today, by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

This means growth was less...

UK - Immigration cap creates skills gap in high tech positions

26 August 2011

In an interview yesterday with BBC Radio Four's You and Yours programme, Albert Ellis, CEO of staffing agency Harvey Nash, explained why staffing agencies are finding it difficult to fill job vacancies in high tech industries despite the large number of people in the UK who are unemployed.

Ellis said...

UK - HMRC issues clarification for recruiters on VAT

26 August 2011

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published a briefing on the recent first tier tribunal case involving Reed Employment, so that recruiters can be more certain where they stand in discussions with clients. The briefing confirms HMRC's position that recruiters should not change how they charge...

France - Unemployment up +2.8% y-o-y in July

26 August 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in July 2011 was up by +2.8% to 2,756,500 compared with July 2010. Compared with the previous month, it was up by +1.3%, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf of the official government job centres...