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Ireland – 62% of firms state that employee numbers will remain the same in the next three months

24 January 2011

In the final quarter of 2010 retaining jobs and creating employment remained a challenge for small firms in Ireland, the Small Firms Association (SFA) Winter Jobs Sentiment Survey showed.SFA Acting Director, Avine McNally, stated "in the past small firms have demonstrated the capacity to cre...


Belgium – One in three SMEs intend to hire new staff in Q1 2011

24 January 2011

New research, carried out by Human Resources services provider SD Worx among 1,055 small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) reveals that 32% of respondents intend to hire new staff in the first quarter of 2011.Among the larger SMEs (50 to 99 workers) more than three quarters of respondents intend...


Netherlands – Unemployment falls for the tenth consecutive month

24 January 2011

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 401,000 in December 2010, a reduction by -8,000 relative to November 2010.Figures published by the Institute for the Implementation of Employee Insurance (UWV) show that both the number...


Spain — Immigrant workers do the jobs Spaniards don't want to do

15 October 2010

New research carried out by staffing agency Randstad Spain reveals that the majority of foreign workers in the country occupy positions, which require little or no qualifications. 38% of immigrant workers in Spain work in agriculture and fishing. 15% work in manufacturing, 13.75% in restaurants...


Switzerland — Temporary employment up by +18.2% y-o-y in September 2010

15 October 2010

The latest Swisstemptrend published by the Swiss Union for Employment Services (Swissstaffing), shows that temporary employment has grown by +18.2% in September 2010 when compared to September 2009. Temporary employment has now reached the levels of 2008 and it is likely that an overall growth r...


Belgium — One out of five wants to change job but is frightened to do so

15 October 2010

New research carried out by InSites Consulting on behalf of staffing agency Tempo Team (part of Randstad) among 326 employees shows that one out of five workers wants to find a new job but hesitates to do so. The prime motivator for changing job is the salary level (39%) followed by job opportun...


Germany — Upwards trend in temporary employment continues

15 October 2010

According to the latest data collected by the Institute of the German Economy (IW), on behalf of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA), the number of temporary employees was up by +4.8% to 893,000 in August 2010 compared to the previous month, when temporary employment was up by...


Greece — Unemployment rises to +12% in July 2010

15 October 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in July 2010 was 12% compared to 9.6% in July 2009 and 11.6% in June 2010. The number of employed amounted to 4,439,296 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 607,035 and...


Ireland — NFR elects Colin Donnery as new President

15 October 2010

The National Recruitment Federation (NRF) has announced the election of Colin Donnery as incoming President for 2011. The NRF is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and maintain codes of practice for the recruitment industry in Ireland. On taking up his post Donnery commented "this is a...


Ireland — 55% growth in jobs placements at Sigmar

15 October 2010

Irish Recruitment group Sigmar reports a significant growth in recruitment for Q3 2010. According to new figures published by the group, Q3 2010 represented a +55% increase in job placements on the same period last year, a +14.2% quarter-on-quarter growth compared to Q2 2010. This is the fourth c...