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UK — Swingeing cuts to public services could result in mass strike action, says CIPD

6 August 2010

"There are a number of high stakes options open to government in seeking to avoid strike action in the public sector as spending cuts bite, but ultimately only a focus on building public sector leadership and management skills and improving communication and consultation will make a real and last...


Italy — Temporary employment up by +7.3% in H1 2010

6 August 2010

According to the latest data published by the Association of Staffing Agencies (Assolavoro), the average number of temporary employees was up by +7.3% from 217,300 in H2 2009 to 233.300 in H1 2010. Assolavoro President, Frederico Vione, commented "these figures are encouraging, especially becaus...


UK — Impellam revenues and profit up in H1 2010

6 August 2010

Revenues were up by +8.7% from 500.9 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 544.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 at the Impellam Group Plc (IPEL:LSE), the international staffing group. Interim results for the 26 weeks ended 2 July 2010 equally show that gross profit increased by +7.7% from 82.1 million Pounds...


Netherlands — Unemployment benefits office in 'speed-dating' collaboration with temporary staffing agencies

6 August 2010

The government body responsible for unemployment benefits (UWV) and the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU) will work together to help the unemployed back into work, Dutch daily De Telegraaf reports. Aart van der Gaag, ABU Director, commented "anybody who has been made redundant t...


UK — Unstable economy drives necessity to remain contactable during holidays

5 August 2010

With bags packed, flights booked and foreign currency in their pockets the workforce might be jetting off but they're definitely not leaving the daily grind behind. Instead, 95% of the 1,000 UK city worker interviewed by data security solutions firm CREDANT Technologies, will be taking their mobi...


UK — 30% of recruiters plan to expand into Europe in the next 12 months

5 August 2010

Nearly a third (30%) of UK recruitment businesses intend to expand into Europe over the next 12 months, according to research commissioned by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). 20% of UK staffing companies also have plans to expand outside Europe in the next year. Surpri...


Europe — France and Germany drive expansion offsetting muted growth in Spain and contraction in Italy

5 August 2010

The latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) published by financial information services company Markit shows that business activity rose in Germany, France, Spain and Ireland during July, but Italy reported a contraction for the first time since last November. Furthermore, with only very modest ex...


World — Recruitment Process Outsourcing ranking 2010

5 August 2010

HRO Today magazine has announced its annual Baker's Dozen ranking of major recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) firms. The results were based upon a survey completed by more than 600 HR executives who are current buyers of RPO services. RPO providers were rated on the breadth of their service,...


UK — Matchtech sees improvement in financial H2 2010

5 August 2010

Net fee income was down by -14% to 26 million Pounds at Matchtech Group Plc (MTEC:LSE), the specialist technical recruitment company. A trading update for the financial year ended 31 July 2010 reveals that net fee income growth in H1 2010 was down by -25% to 12.5 million Pounds but improved to a...


World — Performance pay and profit sharing entice high-performance

5 August 2010

There is widespread support among employees for a greater ownership stake in the businesses that employ them, with 60% of respondents saying profit sharing would motivate them to perform at a higher level, according to the latest survey results from workforce solutions firm Kelly Services. The f...