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France — First signs of improvement on the salary front

21 May 2010

The latest 'Manager Salary Barometer' published by staffing firm Expectra (part of Randstad) reveals that the economic crisis has had a clear impact on managers' salaries, which fell by -1.6% in 2009 and by -1.9% in 2010. Expectra Managing Director, Hugues Pariot, said "2009 and 2010 have seen p...


UK — CBI calls for public sector reform

20 May 2010

Employer organisation Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for an immediate freeze in the public sector pay bill for two years and re-engineering of public services to help get the public finances under control. This needs to go hand-in-hand with measures to allow businesses to fost...


UK — Tribal hopes to benefit from Public Sector reforms

20 May 2010

Tribal Group Plc (TRB:LSE), the provider of public sector services, has issued an update on trading, covering the period from 1 January 2010 to date. The group says in a statement "trading in the early months of the year has been as anticipated. Revenue for the four months to 30 April 2010 was...


Belgium — Economic growth better than expected but unemployment still rising

20 May 2010

A new report published by the Federal Planning Bureau (BFP) estimates that the Belgian economy will grow by +1.4% in 2010. This figure compares to the less optimistic forecasts of +1% by the Bank of Belgium, +1.3% by the European Union and +1.2% by the International Monetary Fund. BFP forecasts...


UK — Huntress announces buyout of Nomura equity holding

20 May 2010

Independent Recruiting firm Huntress Search announced today that the senior management team has agreed a buyout of the Nomura Private Equity holding in the company. As part of this transaction, Di Bradbury, MD of Huntress Commercial, and Philip Marks, MD of Hamilton Blake, have joined the main b...


Sweden — Unemployment at 9.3% in Q1 2010

20 May 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that in the first quarter of 2010 the unemployment rate reached 9.3%*, a rise of +1.5 percentage points compared to the same quarter last year. Unemployment was 9.6% among men and 9% among women. The number of person...


Germany — Minister promises new law against 'perm to temp' abuses

20 May 2010

In a speech at the Federal Congress of German Unions (DGB Bundeskongress) the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, said yesterday that she will no longer tolerate the systematic abuse of temporary employment law where companies like drugstore chain Schlecker sack large nu...


Europe — Talent shortages persist in many countries and industry sectors

20 May 2010

  Staffing services group Manpower Inc. has today released the results of its fifth annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing that talent is elusive, it's everywhere yet nowhere, as talent shortages persist in many countries and industry sectors. 31% of employers worldwide report having difficult...


UK — Sweeping management changes bring Parity group founder back as Chairman

19 May 2010

Parity Group Plc (PTY:LSE), the UK Information Technology (IT) services group, today issues its Interim Management Statement covering the period from 1 January 2010 to 18 May 2010, together with planned changes to the composition of the group's Board. "Trading during the first half of 2010 has r...


Germany — Employer association calls for minimum salary

19 May 2010

Martin Kannegiesser, the President of the Employer Association of the metal industry (Gesamtmetall), told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview that he understands the need for a minimum salary in the temporary employment industry. Kannegiesser said "when the [temporary employment] l...