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UK — Men take more sick days than women as work stress takes its toll

16 August 2010

Men are four times more likely than women to phone in sick due to work related stress, a survey of 3,000 workers carried out by healthcare cash plan provider Medicash, has revealed. 20% of men admitted to taking two sick days in the past month because of stress. Work-induced stress is also drivi...


Finland — Wages and salaries sum grew by +1.8% in April to June

16 August 2010

According to the latest Wages and Salary Indices published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus) the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy was +1.8% greater in the April to June 2010 period than in the corresponding period twelve months back. In June alone, the wages and salaries sum...


Germany — Early retirement of some reduces employment for the aged altogether

16 August 2010

The debate on extending the retirement age to 67 years is in full swing in Germany. Previously, many large companies have encouraged their employees to do the opposite and take early retirement in order to 'create space' for the unemployed and to reduce unemployment among other aged employees. P...


UK — Michael Page revenue up by +8% amid signs of gradual recovery in the UK

16 August 2010

Revenue was up by +8% from 364.7 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 393.5 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the UK's ninth largest recruitment company. On a constant currency basis, revenue was up by +6%. Half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 show...


UK — Temporary jobs growth slows in Scotland

16 August 2010

According to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs Scottish labour market conditions remained challenging in July. Permanent appointments fell for the first time in ten months, while growth of temporary employment slowed to the second-weakest in the current eleven month period of job creatio...


France — 73% of new jobs in the private sector in Q2 2010 are in temporary employment

13 August 2010

The latest estimates published today by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Research (Insee), show that temporary employment was up by +4.9% or up by +25.700 individuals to 549,700 in Q2 2010 compared to Q1 2010. Year-on-year, temporary employment was up by +23.5% or up by +104,60...


Ireland — Jobs advertised online up by +11% in Q2 2010 compared to Q1

13 August 2010

The Irish jobs index, published by recruitment website www.irishjobs.ie, which measures jobs advertised across Ireland's five leading online recruitment businesses, has released results for Q2 2010. The Q2 index reveals a healthy +11% increase in jobs advertised online, since the last set of fig...


Europe — GDP up by +1%, Germany up by +2.2%

13 August 2010

GDP increased by +1.0% in both the Euro area (EA16) and the whole European Union (EU27) during the second quarter of 2010, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). In the first quarter of 2010, growth ra...


Greece — Unemployment up to 12%

13 August 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in May 2010 was 12.0% compared to 8.5% in May 2009 and 11.9% in April 2010. The number of employed amounted to 4,431,326 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 602,185 an...


Netherlands — Randstad to acquire Japanese FujiStaff Holdings

13 August 2010

Randstad has reached agreement with the founding shareholders of Japanese HR services firm FujiStaff Holdings (FujiStaff), to acquire their 44.6% stake in the company. Randstad already held a 20.5% stake in FujiStaff. A public tender offer will be launched to acquire all of the issued and outstan...