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UK - Interim managers valued more as they get older

8 September 2011

Research by interim management specialist Impact Executives (part of Harvey Nash) reveals that more than 11% of the candidates they placed in interim management roles, over that same period, were over the age of 65.

It is understood that interim managers will typically be more mature, have grey hairs...

Germany - Labour costs rise +4.4% y-o-y in Q2 2011

8 September 2011

Compared with the first quarter of 2011, a seasonally and calendar adjusted increase of +1.4 % was recorded for labour costs per hour worked in Germany in the second quarter of 2011. This is the third-highest rise in the labour cost index time series, which goes back to 1997, according to the Federal...

Portugal - Industry employment falls while pay rises

8 September 2011

Wages and salaries in industry rose by +1.2% in July 2011 when compared with July 2010. During the same period calendar-adjusted employment in industry decreased by -0.9% whilst the number of hours worked in industry fell by -0.7%, according to the latest data published by the National Statistics Institute...

UK - Many science graduates struggling to find work despite shortages

8 September 2011

Fewer than half of graduates who leave university with a degree in engineering are working within the field six months later, "astonishing" new figures have shown. Some 20% end up in graduate jobs not related to their degree, while a further 24% find work in sections of the economy not requiring...

UK - Storm over rumours that PM wants to water down AWR

7 September 2011

The Prime Minister's (PM) office has secretly commissioned its own legal advice on the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), according to information obtained by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

It is alleged that Downing Street has been told by lawyers that the Business Secretary's department has "gold-plated"...

UK - Growth of staff placements maintained at modest pace in August

7 September 2011

Permanent staff placements rose in August at a modest pace that was identical to that recorded in the previous month. Similarly, growth of temporary staff billings held broadly steady since July, according to the latest Report on Jobs, published today, by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation...

Austria - Skills gap has become critical and requires unconventional action

7 September 2011

70% of Austrian employers have difficulties in finding qualified personnel and 50% of companies with more than 20 employees simply cannot find the right staff to cover a specific position in the company, according to new research carried out by research firm Market-Institut on behalf of the Austrian...

Ireland - IT sector remains buoyant despite global financial turbulence

7 September 2011

The latest Irish Employment Monitor, published today, by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group) registered a slight decline (-2%) in the number of new professional job opportunities from July 2011 (7,900) to August 2011 (7,767). However, the number of new professional...

Finland - Labour cost up by +2.4% in Q2 2011

7 September 2011

Private sector labour costs increased by +2.4% in April to June 2011 when compared with the respective period of the year before. Labour costs excluding one-off items, such as performance-based bonuses, rose by +2.2% compared with the respective period of the year before. In the corresponding...

UK - Financial services job offers decline in August

7 September 2011

Recruitment activity in August slowed significantly with Insurance firms the most affected, according to figures from pre-employment screening firm Powerchex, the financial services specialist arm of HireRight Inc.

With talk of staff cuts at large institutions, this news adds to the picture that the financial...