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Germany — Employer President speaks out for minimum salary in temporary employment

2 August 2010

The President of the Federal Association of Employers (BDA), Dieter Hundt, is lobbying for the introduction of a minimum salary for temporary employees in Germany. Germany does not have a government-imposed minimum salary. Minimum salaries are negotiated sector by sector via collective bargainin...


UK — Detox over for Britain’s workaholics as hours start to rise again

2 August 2010

The loss of nearly 1 million full-time jobs and a shift to part-time working since the start of the recession has resulted in a drop of almost 10% in the number of UK men working more than 45 hours per week. However, summer 2009 marked the low point in working time, since when the number of long-...


Spain — Savings banks revise GDP growth upwards by 0.1 percentage point

30 July 2010

The Foundation of Spanish Savings Banks (Funcas), has revised upwards its growth forecast for the Spanish economy for the year 2011 but does not have much positive news on unemployment. Funcas estimates that Growth Domestic Product (GDP), will grow by +0.6% rather than +0.5%, as forecast previou...


UK — Public sector must focus on 'people value' rather than just 'people costs' says Association

30 July 2010

Following national press coverage that criticised Dorset County Hospital NHS Trust for hiring a "temporary" boss at a reported cost of 2,557 Pounds a day, the Interim Management Association has responded by challenging common misconceptions over the use of interim managers and by highlighting the...


UK — IDOX announces increased profits and acquisition of CEMS

30 July 2010

Revenues were down by -5% from 15.7 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 15 million Pounds in H1 2010 at IDOX Plc (IDOX:LSE), the supplier of software and services to the UK public sector. Reported pre-tax profits were up by +14% from 1.9 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 2.1 million Pounds in H1 2010. Norma...


France — 2009 ended with a net loss of -19,000 temporary employees despite strong growth from Q2

30 July 2010

A review of developments in the French labour market in 2009 (Bilan de l'Année 2009) published by the Ministry of Employment, reveals that the growth in temporary employment in France over the last three quarters of 2009 only made up partially for the losses of temporary jobs in the first quarter...


Europe — Euro area unemployment stable at 10.0%, EU27 stable at 9.6%

30 July 2010

The latest unemployment figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that the Euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in June 2010, unchanged compared with May 2010. It was 9.5% in June 2009. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.6% i...


UK — Interim management demand predicted to maintain momentum in H2 2010

30 July 2010

Demand for UK interim managers in the second half of 2010 will remain strong as companies seek operational turnarounds and growth solutions, without committing to permanent hires, according to an announcement released by Boyden global executive search and Boyden interim management. Patrique Habb...


Netherlands — Improved results and increased confidence at Randstad

29 July 2010

Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX), the world's second largest staffing firm, today publishes its results for the second quarter (Q2) of 2010 and the six months (H1) ended 30 June. Q2 revenues were up by +16% from 2.98 billion Euro in 2009 to 3.46 billion Euro in 2010. H1 revenues were up by +8% from 6...


Germany — Labour market continues to show a positive trend

29 July 2010

According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of persons in employment living in Germany amounted to 40.3 million in June 2010. Compared with June 2009, this was an increase of +131,000 persons or +0.3%.   With a rise by +0.2%, in May 2010, the number...