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UK — Recession narrows North-South IT pay divide

13 April 2010

According to data provided exclusively to staffing agency ReThink Recruitment by E-Skills, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, IT workers in the North now (2009) earn 69% of London salaries compared to 66% in 2008. The average weekly pay for IT professionals in th...


France — 56% against delaying retirement age by one or two years

13 April 2010

A new survey carried out by market research firm TNS-Sofres Logica this month among a representative sample of 1,000 people aged 18 and over on behalf of radio station Europe 1, reveals that 56% of interviewees oppose the government's plans to delay the legal retirement age by one or two years....


Netherlands — 90 million Euro per annum government contract for Randstad, Manpower and USG

13 April 2010

Staffing agency groups Randstad Netherlands, Manpower and USG People have secured a contract with the government to provide staffing for 10 ministries over the next two years at an estimated value of 90 million Euro per annum. The contract is regarded as one of the largest in the temporary emplo...


UK — More support needed to help UK businesses expand globally

13 April 2010

According to research carried out by the Keep Britain Working Campaign, more needs to be done to help UK business expand globally, to help sustain recovery from the recession. A third of people polled said that organisations should get tax breaks to support exports, while a further third said th...


Europe — Online recruitment climbs for second consecutive month

13 April 2010

The latest Monster Employment Index Europe published by online employment solutions provider Monster Worldwide Inc, reveals that online recruitment activity noted a mild uptick in March, returning to a level not seen since May 2009. The Monster Employment Index Europe's longer term trends also s...


Ireland — Employment expected to fall further in 2010

12 April 2010

In its latest quarterly bulletin the Central Bank of Ireland predicts that employment will fall further in 2010 with prospects for domestic demand remaining subdued but repeats forecasts for a modest upturn in the economy in the second half of 2010. The Bank said that the fall in consumer demand...


UK — Networkers International's profit margin up despite lower profits

12 April 2010

Networkers International Plc (NWKI:LSE), the IT and telecoms staffing specialist, today reports a -21.5% fall in pre-tax profits for the year to December 2009 to 4.37 million Pounds from 5.57 million Pounds. Net fee income fell to 21.16 million Pounds in 2009 from 26.1 million Pounds in 2008. Ho...


Portugal — Late payments and unwilling public sector concern temporary employment agencies

12 April 2010

Marcelino Pena Costa, President of the Association of Private Employment Agencies (APESPE), believes that late payment, bankruptcies and the weak dialogue with the public sector are the three major issues facing temporary employment agencies in the country. Pena Costa told press agency LUSA that...


Spain — Pessimism has never created a single job, says Prime Minister

12 April 2010

Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, is determined to cut the -11.2% deficit of gross domestic product down to -3% 'whatever the cost'. Zapatero, who has been heavily criticised in Spain for failing to recognise the gravity of the economic crisis told the Financial Times that h...


Germany — Temporary employment predicted to fare better than permanent employment

12 April 2010

41% of German regional labour agencies predict that there will be less job losses in temporary employment in 2010 than there were in 2009. 45% expect the temporary employment market to remain stable in 2010. Only 6% think that there will be more job losses in temporary employment this year than t...