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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...


Germany — Slower decline in employment in Q1 2010

19 May 2010

According to provisional data published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of persons in employment whose place of employment was in Germany amounted to about 39.8 million in the first quarter of 2010, which was a decline of -107,000 persons or -0.3% on a year earlier. The d...


UK — Kellan group optimistic about 2010 revenue growth

19 May 2010

Kellan Group Plc (AIM:KLN.L), the Information Technology (IT), accountancy, hospitality, leisure and professional services recruitment group yesterday held its Annual General Meeting. Tony Reeves, Co-Chairman of Kellan Group Plc, provided the following update on trading for the group, for the per...


World — Brazil holds World Employment Conference

19 May 2010

The annual World Employment Conference of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett), will be held for the first time in Sao Paulo, Brazil between 26 and 28 May 2010. The event will be organised jointly by the Brazilian Association of Temporary Employers (ASSERTEM) an...


Portugal — Unemployment at 10.6% in Q1 2010

19 May 2010

The latest statistics published by Statistics Portugal (INE), show that the estimated unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2010 reached 10.6%. This value is up by +1.7 percentage points (p.p.) from the same quarter of 2009 and up by +0.5 p.p. from the previous quarter. The number of unemp...


France — Temporary employment up by +20.1% year-on-year in Q1 2010

19 May 2010

The latest labour market estimates published by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Research (Insee), reveal that the number of temporary employees was up by +6.7% or +33,200 workers to 526,700 in the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the previous quarter. Year-on-year, tempo...