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Norway — AWD to be implemented despite non-EU membership

14 July 2010

Whilst Norway does not wish to become a member state of the European Union (EU), the EU Agency Workers Directive is currently on trial in the country and the government plans to implement it in December 2011. To this effect, the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion has commissioned research f...


Spain — Unemployment falls by -84,000 in June 2010

14 July 2010

According to the latest Labour Market Monitor published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) and international financial analysts AFI, hiring rose by +1.8%, year-on-year in June 2010 to 1.3 million new contracts. The increase in hiring is entirely due to temporary em...


UK — InterQuest net fee income up by +14 in H1 2010

14 July 2010

InterQuest Group Plc (ITQ:LSE), the IT staffing specialist, has issued a trading update for the six months ended 30 June 2010 (H1 2010). Net fee income in H1 2010 was up by +14% on last year following a continued strengthening of trading in the first and second quarters. Net fee income in Q2 2...


OECD countries — Unemployment rate edges down slightly to 8.6% in May

13 July 2010

New data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) shows that the unemployment rate for the OECD area fell slightly to 8.6% in May 2010 from 8.7% in April. The general pattern of broad stability continues across most OECD countries but the June 2010 rates for...


Belgium — The economic crisis has reduced job satisfaction and motivation

13 July 2010

New research, carried out by Human Resources services provider SD Worx among 5,000 Belgian workers, reveals that the economic crisis has had a negative effect on job satisfaction in Belgium. Many employees feel that pressure at work and their workload have increased but pay has not. 33% would li...


Germany — Equal pay for equal work for temporary employees

13 July 2010

After the unfruitful coalition meeting last Monday between the Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) and the Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle (Free Democrat) on the introduction of a minimum salary for temporary employees...


Europe — Online recruitment activity reaches 16 month high

13 July 2010

The latest Monster Employment Index* Europe published today by job board specialist Monster Worldwide Inc, shows that June marked the fifth consecutive month of expansion in online job opportunities, suggesting employment is on a path of gradual recovery. The Index rose overall despite less than...


OECD Countries — Migration is key to long-term economic growth

13 July 2010

International migration has fallen during the economic crisis, but as the recovery moves into gear migrants will once again be needed to fill labour and skill shortages, according to a new report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The OECD's Internati...


Netherlands — Industry and engineering drive growth in temporary employment

13 July 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 July 2010 (weeks 21 to 24) when compared to the same period last year. Turnover generated by temporary empl...


Ireland — Prime Minister launches 500 million Euro Innovation Fund

13 July 2010

Taoiseach Brian Cowen (Prime Minister) was at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday where he launched 'Innovation Fund Ireland', a 500 million Euro fund to support enterprise development and job creation. The Taoiseach stated that the Fund is "a key pillar of the Government's Smart Economy strate...