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Europe — Business confidence low but on the up

14 October 2010

The latest Business Optimism Index, published by workplace solutions provider Regus, reveals that confidence levels in all Western European countries except Spain have seen a rise, accompanied by a net positive proportion of companies intending to employ more people in the coming months. Even in...


France — Temporary employment falls slightly m-o-m but is up by +21% y-o-y in August 2010

14 October 2010

The latest data published by the government's job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that temporary employment fell by -01-.1% or by -500 temporary employees to 614,000 in August 2010 when compared to the previous month. Year-on-year, temporary employment was up by +21% or by +106,600 individuals at...


Netherlands — USG People launches online marketplace for self-employed individuals

14 October 2010

USG People is launching a Dutch online marketplace for self-employed people with no staff. The IKKI freelance portal will connect self-employed individuals with customers who have interesting assignments. By making use of existing channels the online marketplace has got off to a flying start: www...


World — 64% of most important CEOs are not 'social' online

14 October 2010

A new survey published by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick found that the majority of CEOs from the world's largest companies (64%) are 'not social', i.e. they are not engaging online with external stakeholders. "Socialising Your CEO: From (Un)Social to Social" examines the publicly v...


Germany — GDP growth forecast at +3.5% in 2010, unemployment to fall below 3 million

14 October 2010

The latest joint economic diagnosis by Germany's leading economic research institutes (see below) forecasts a +3.5% growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the year 2010 and a +2% growth for the year 2011. The institutes therefore expect the labour market to improve further. The number of une...


Eastern Europe — Slovakian executives are the most optimistic in the region

14 October 2010

The results of the latest Business Sentiment Index from Deloitte Central Europe show that more and more executives in the Central European countries surveyed have slowly increasing positive expectations about the business prospects of their companies and economies. The survey indicates that diff...


UK — Manpower service providers will have new opportunities in future, says PwC

13 October 2010

According to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) entitled, "Sectoral and regional impact of the fiscal squeeze", published today, almost half a million private sector jobs could be lost as a result of the upcoming public sector spending cuts and private sector gross output could be reduc...


Belgium — Randstad apologises for discriminatory job advertisement

13 October 2010

Staffing group Randstad Belgium has apologised for the wording of a job advertisement for a welding job, Belgian business daily Express reports. The advertisement published on behalf of a Belgian metal firm stated that "the ex-employees of DAF are not eligible because they have a totally differe...


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13 October 2010

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Italy — Number of temporary employees up by +21% y-o-y in August 2010

13 October 2010

According to the latest data published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, the seasonally adjusted amount of money paid to temporary employees was up by +24% in August 2010 compared to August 2009. Month-on-month, the a...