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Sweden — Labour costs rise in June 2010

30 August 2010

The latest Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that labour costs have increased by +1.4% for wage-earners and +2.3% for salaried employees in June 2010 compared to June 2009. Wages are defined as payment per hour or per unit whilst sala...


Europe — France is the real strike champion but Denmark had a bad year in 2008

30 August 2010

A new report from the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) reveals that between 2005 and 2009 the highest average levels of industrial action were found in Denmark (159.4 days lost per 1,000 workers) and France (132 days lost per 1,000 workers). The lowest levels were in Austria (no d...


Netherlands — Substantial increase in the number of temporary jobs

27 August 2010

The number of hours worked by temporary employees has increased by nearly +5% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter. Adjusted for seasonal variation, the index figure for the number of hours worked set at 100 in 2005 was 107.3, as against 102.3 in the previous quarter. The...


UK — Offshore wind sector set to create 60 times more jobs in ten years

27 August 2010

Scotland's offshore wind industry could create 28,000 jobs by 2020, contributing 7.1billion Pounds of investment to the economy, according to a report commissioned by Scottish Renewables and Scottish Enterprise. The first comprehensive study of the potential impact of offshore wind on the Scotti...


UK — Abrupt introduction of a cap on net migration would lead to major UK skills problem, says CIPD

27 August 2010

The sharp fall in the number of work-related visas in the past year offers further evidence that the current points-based system is working, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in response to the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report published yesterday by the Office...


Netherlands — DPA revenues fall by -29%, whilst losses increase

27 August 2010

Revenue was down by -29% from 28 million Euro in H1 2009 to 19.8 million Euro in H1 2010 at DPA Group NV (DPA:AEX), the specialist staffing solutions provider. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 announced today reveal that gross profit fell from 5.4 million Pounds in H1 2009 t...


UK — Private sector pay settlements show slight upward trend

27 August 2010

The latest Incomes Data Services Analysis of pay settlements from IDSPay.co.uk shows continued stability in private sector pay awards, and additional signs that the proportion of higher-end deals is increasing. The median pay settlement level across the whole economy for the three months to the...


Europe — 92% of Europeans believe that labour markets need to be modernised

27 August 2010

75% of Europeans think that stronger coordination of economic and financial policies among EU Member States would be effective in fighting the economic crisis, according to the Spring 2010 Eurobarometer, the bi-annual opinion poll organised by the European Union (EU). The survey was conducted in...


World — Global skilled trades shortage could stall growth

26 August 2010

Worldwide, skilled trades positions are the hardest to fill, according to a new global Talent Shortage Survey of 35,000 employers across 36 countries and territories by Manpower Inc, the provider of innovative workforce solutions. In a new World of Work Insight Paper entitled 'Strategic Migratio...


Switzerland — Employment up by +0.5% in Q2 2010

26 August 2010

The Employment Barometer for the second quarter of 2010 published today by the Federal Statistics Office (OFS) reveals that there were 4.547 million employed individuals in Switzerland in the second quarter of 2010. This is an increase of +0.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Employment...