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Ireland — Growth in employment will depend on domestic consumption, not just exports

27 July 2010

New research published by Danske Bank, the parent company of National Irish Bank, reveals that the Irish economy officially exited recession in the first quarter of 2010, recording a +2.7% q-o-q growth in GDP. While this puts Ireland at the top of the EU growth charts, the underlying figures are...


Finland — Unemployment rate falls to 8.8% in June 2010

27 July 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), the number of employed persons was 2,557,000 in June 2010, which was 8,000 lower than a year earlier. There were 28,000 more employed men and 37,000 fewer employed women than in June 2009. In June,...


UK — Morson in line with expectations

27 July 2010

Morson, a provider of technical engineering personnel and project design solutions to the aerospace and defence, nuclear and power and rail industries has issued a trading update stating that the trading performance of the Group for the first half of the financial year has been in line with Direc...


UK — 55% of employers welcome flexible working legislation despite the costs

27 July 2010

55% of employees welcome plans by the government to introduce legislation requiring them to offer flexible working to all employees, according to new research from recruiting expert Hays. 70% expect an increase in requests for flexible working and nearly 40% are bracing themselves for a resulting...


Spain — Labour market reforms are too little too late, says Adecco chief

27 July 2010

In an interview with Spanish daily Cinco Dias, the President of Adecco Spain, Enrique Sanchez has commented on the recent labour market reforms, which Prime Minister Zapatero pushed through parliament with a majority of one vote. Government initiated negotiations between unions and employers col...


Belgium — Blue-collar temporary employment drives growth in the sector

26 July 2010

The latest seasonally adjusted monthly update published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon), shows that the number of hours worked by temporary employees in June 2010 rose by +0.38% compared to May 2010. Month-on-month, the number of hours worked by blue-collar workers was up by...


Germany — Coalition cannot make up its mind on minimum salaries for temporary employees

26 July 2010

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) still have fundamentally different views on the introduction of a minimum salary for temporary employees. Germany does no...


Spain — Only 17.1% of unemployed receive professional training

26 July 2010

New analysis published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), reveals that only 17.1% or 788,200 of the 4.6 million unemployed in Spain receive any form of professional training. 47.3% of people who are of working age but have no professional training, are unemployed....


UK — Hedge funds ramp up demand for IT staff as regulatory pressure mounts

26 July 2010

Pay for IT staff working in hedge funds and asset managers has surged by +13% in the last six months alone as they upgrade their systems post-credit crunch, says business and technology staffing company ReThink Recruitment. According to ReThink, software developers with experience in front offic...


UK — Mature job seekers to face ageism from recruiters

26 July 2010

As the Coalition's plans to reform welfare-to-work benefits are set to increase the number of older workers looking for a job, Age UK is warning that more people in later life will be likely to find an ‘invisible wall of ageism’ between them and a new job, leading to more older workers stuck...