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UK — Parity issues profit warning

23 July 2010

Parity Group Plc. (PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment (resources) and consulting (solutions) firm, yesterday lunchtime published a trading update following Board changes in June 2010. "Revenues and profits in the fixed-price projects area of Solutions have declined significantly resulting i...


Netherlands — USG People signals imminent turnaround in Dutch market

23 July 2010

USG People N.V. (USG.AEX), the staffing, secondment and HR services group, has today published second quarter and half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2010. All figures are underlying results excluding one-off effects. Q2 revenues were up by +3% from 722 million Euro in 2009 to 7...


Germany — Atypical employment decreases in crisis year of 2009

22 July 2010

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of atypically employed persons was down by -130,000 to 7.6 million in 2009 compared with 2008.   Atypical forms of employment, as distinguished from normal employment, include fixed-term and minor employment, part-time work of...


Iceland — Unemployment falls and wages increase

22 July 2010

The latest data published by Statistics Iceland (Hagstofa Islands) shows that in the second quarter of 2010, 16,200 persons were unemployed and in search of a job or 8.7% of the labour force. Iceland has a total population of 317,00 people. The unemployment rate was 9.4% for men and 8% for women...


Germany — Amadeus FiRe sees temporary revenue improve from March

22 July 2010

Amadeus FiRe AG (AAD:GER), the temporary and permanent staffing group, has today released half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2010. Amadeus has 20 offices in Germany as well as subsidiaries in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Q2 revenues were up from 27 million Euro in 20...


UK — It is 'who you know' that matters

22 July 2010

New research into the power of social networks carried out by the Employment Research Institute of Napier University in Edinburgh reveals that the more employed friends job seekers have, the higher their job status and the stronger the ties with them, the more likely jobseekers are to find a job...


Netherlands — Unemployment falls to 5.6% month-on-month in June 2010

22 July 2010

According to the latest data published today by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), unemployment fell for the fourth month in a row to 441,000 persons in June 2010. The unemployment rate is now 5.6%. In June 2009 it was 4.9%. In June 2010 there were +56,000 more unemployed individuals than there were...


World — Robert Half doubles operating income in Q2

22 July 2010

Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialised staffing and risk consulting services group, has announced second quarter and first half results for the period ended 30 June 2010. Q2 revenues were up from $749.8 million in 2009 to $769 million in 2010. Q2 operating income was...


Europe — Manpower easily beats expectations in Q2

22 July 2010

Manpower Inc. (MAN:NYQ), the world's third largest staffing firm, has announced second quarter and first half results for the period ended 30 June 2010. Q2 revenues were up by +20.9% from $3.793 billion in 2009 to $4.585 billion in 2010. In constant currency, Q2 revenues were up by +23.7%. Q2 op...


Ireland — Two very different scenarios for the future of the economy

21 July 2010

In May 2009, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) published 'Recovery Scenarios for Ireland', which considered possible paths to recovery for the Irish economy. They have now published an update one year on. Because of the uncertainty about the future ESRI consider two medium-term s...