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Spain — Staffing agencies are 4.5 times as effective as job centres

25 August 2010

The government plans to reduce the number of days during which an unemployed person can refuse an offer of employment or professional training whilst still receiving unemployment benefit from currently 90 days to 30 days, press agency AFP reports. Celestino Corbacho (Socialist), Minister for Emp...


UK — CBI calls for more schools to offer triple science GCSE

25 August 2010

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has congratulated students and teachers on this year's GCSE results. There were increases in the numbers taking individual, in-depth sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) as separate GCSEs. Numbers taking biology rose by +28% to 129,464, physics in...


Eastern Europe — Skills shortage in Poland despite high unemployment

25 August 2010

The latest data published by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) shows that unemployment fell from 11.6% in June 2010 to 11.4% in July 2010. The number of registered unemployed fell to 1,812,800 in July 2010, which was -31,100 less than in June 2010 and +136,700 more than in July 2009. Despite...


UK — Government wants more single parents in work but flexi-jobs aren't there

25 August 2010

As children and families prepare for a new school year, single parents under pressure to find work will be sharpening their search for a job they can fit with family life. But new research by single parents families charity Gingerbread shows 'family-friendly' jobs are still far too rare. The Gov...


Eastern Europe — Macedonia tops European Unemployment ranking

24 August 2010

The South-Eastern European country of Macedonia (not to be confused with Macedonia, the region of Greece) is the European champion of unemployment, WAZ Euro Observer reports. Last year, 32.3% of the total labour force was without employment and the youth unemployment rate has exceeded 50%. Acc...


Iceland — Real wages up by +1.1%, y-o-y in July 2010

24 August 2010

According to the latest data published by Statistics Iceland (Hagstofa Islands), the wage index for July 2010 was +0.3% higher than in the previous month. In the last 12 months, the monthly wage index has risen by +6.0%. Real wages increased by +1.0% in July 2010 compared to the previous month...


Finland — Unemployment falls to 7.5%

24 August 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), the employment rate among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 70.6% in July 2010, which was +0.3 percentage points higher than one year previously. Adjusted for seasonal and random variations, the tren...


UK — Alpha Facilities Management acquired by Aktrion Holdings

24 August 2010

Alpha Facilities Management Limited, the industrial recruitment and facilities business specialising in managed services to the food sector, has been acquired by Aktrion Holdings Limited the international outsourcing group backed by Graphite Capital. Chris Baumann, Director of Aktrion Holdings c...


Sweden — Employment falls due to job losses in public sector

24 August 2010

According to the latest data published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB), the number of employed persons amounted to 4,050,700 during the second quarter of 2010, a decrease of -0.6% compared to Q1 2010. The number of employed persons in the private sector increased by +0.1 percent and decreased by...


Germany — Economic growth expected to top Euro zone over next decade

24 August 2010

Whilst Germany bottomed the European League tables of economic growth rates for most of the last decade, the next decade could very well be characterised by Germany leading growth in the Euro Area, a new report by Dekra Bank reveals. The author of the report, Andreas Scheuerle, said "whilst Germ...