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OECD Countries — Governments should expand tertiary studies to boost jobs and tax revenues

8 September 2010

Governments need to go for world-class quality in their education systems to ensure long-term economic growth, according to the latest edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) annual Education at a Glance. "In a global economy, it is no longer improvement...


Europe — Employment guidelines on the right track, says Eurociett

8 September 2010

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), has welcomed the EU Employment Guidelines being voted on in Plenary this week and commends Rapporteur Csaba Öry for the report's focus on developing skills, training systems and the promotion of social inclusion. In particular...


France — Nationwide protests against pension reforms

7 September 2010

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in a public and private sector strike against the pension reforms proposed by President Sarkozy's embattled Employment Minister Eric Woerth, French daily Les Echos reports. The pension reform would lift the minimum retirement age from 60...


UK — Highams optimistic of a further improved year

7 September 2010

At the AGM of Highams Systems Services Group Plc (HSS:LSE), the AIM quoted recruitment consultancy and niche provider of technology, business and professional services to the insurance and financial services sectors, being held today at 11.00am, Ken Ford, Non-Executive Chairman, will make the fol...


World — European Q4 hiring expectations highest in Switzerland, Norway and Poland

7 September 2010

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey results released today by Manpower Inc. (NYSE:MAN), hiring expectations in emerging markets, China, Taiwan, India and Brazil, continue to outpace the rest of the world. Meanwhile, employer hiring confidence in European countries is mixed with p...


UK — Pinnacle completes disposal of Agency Nursing and Medical Services arm to Arabella

7 September 2010

At the General Meeting of Pinnacle Staffing Group Plc (PCL:LSE) held yesterday, two resolutions were put to the meeting and passed: The Company's proposed disposal of its Agency Nursing and Medical Services businesses to Arabella Health Staffing Limited. The adoption of the Company's pr...


Netherlands — Temporary employment up but admin sector lags

7 September 2010

According to the latest data published today by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), the number of hours worked by temporary employees in The Netherlands was up by +5% in August 2010 (weeks 29 to 32) when compared to the same period last year. Turnover generated by temporary em...


Germany — Government drops minimum wage proposals for temporary employees

7 September 2010

Employment Minister Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) has now finally presented her proposals for the reform of the temporary employment industry to the coalition government, German business daily Handelsblatt reports. The proposals do not mention the introduction of a minimum wage in Germany...


Switzerland — Unemployment stable at 3.6% in August 2010

7 September 2010

The State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO) today announces unemployment figures for August 2010. The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) has increased by +549 individuals to 142,879 compared to July 2010. The unemployment rate was stable at 3.6% in August 20...


Norway — Stable employment rate among people with disabilities

6 September 2010

According to the latest data published today by Statistics Norway (SSB), the employment rate among disabled people was 43.6% in the second quarter of 2010, the same level as in the fourth quarter 2009. In Q2 2010 the employment rate among disabled men and women was 45.8% and 41.8% respectively....