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UK - 75% of employers looking to hire more permanent staff

22 July 2011

Business confidence is on the rise again with nearly three-quarters of employers expecting to increase their workforce over the next three months, according to the latest July JobsOutlook, published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

A further 66% are looking to increase their permanent...

Eurozone - Growth slows to near-stagnation in July

22 July 2011

The latest Flash Eurozone Purchasing Managers Composite Output Index (PMI), compiled by research firm Markit, fell from 53.3 in June 2011 to 50.8 in July 2011. The latest reading was the lowest since August 2009 and signalled a near-stagnation of private sector output, the rate of growth having slowed...

Germany - Business climate index declines

22 July 2011

The business climate in industry and trade worsened noticeably in July 2011 after having improved in the previous month, according to the latest Business Climate Index published by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich.

Companies are no longer quite so satisfied with the current business situation...

Switzerland - Economic expectations drop significantly

22 July 2011

Economic expectations for Switzerland dropped by -34.6 points to the minus 58.9-point mark in July 2011. This is the lowest level since the beginning of 2009, according to the latest ZEW-CS Index published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in co-operation with Crédit Suisse (CS).


Netherlands - Randstad offers $771 million for SFN Group

21 July 2011

Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX), the world's second largest staffing firm and SFN Group (NYSE:SFN), a workforce solutions company in North America, have signed a definitive agreement whereby Randstad will acquire SFN Group through a cash tender offer.

As a result of the offer, Randstad claims to become the...

International - Robert Half's net income up threefold

21 July 2011

Total revenues were up from $769.1 million in Q2 2010 to $938 million in Q2 2011 at Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialist staffing and risk consulting services group.

Interim results for the three months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that gross profit was up from $289.8 million...

Germany - Amadeus FiRe's profit up +43.4%

21 July 2011

Revenues were up by +16.4% from 54 million Euro in H1 2010 to 62.9 million Euro in H1 2011 at Amadeus FiRe AG (AADX:GER), the temporary and permanent staffing group.

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that gross profit was up by +25.4% from 20.9 million in H1 2010 to 26.2 million...

UK - Capita's PBT up +7%, seeks further acquisitions

21 July 2011

Revenues were up by +3% from 1.36 billion Pounds in H1 2010 to 1.4 billion Pounds in H1 2011 at Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services.

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011 reveal that underlying operating profit...

UK - Antal International acquires Parkside

21 July 2011

Professional and managerial recruitment specialist, Antal International, has acquired finance and office support recruiter Parkside from talent management group Ochre House.
Parkside is a recruitment boutique with offices in Staines and Uxbridge, which works with clients in West London, Surrey...

UK – Pinnacle's admission to AIM cancelled

21 July 2011

Admission of securities to trading on AIM for ordinary shares of 10 Pence each, fully paid (B1899T7)(GB00B1899T70) in Pinnacle Staffing Group Plc (PCL:LSE), the troubled healthcare recruitment firm which suspended trading of its shares on AIM in June 2011, has been cancelled from 21/07/2011 7:00am pursuant...