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Europe — 6.4 billion Euro R&D investment expected to create 165,000 new jobs

20 July 2010

Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced nearly 6.4 billion Euro of European Commission investment in research and innovation, up +12% in comparison to 2010 (5.7 billion Euro) and up by +30% in comparison to 2009 (4.9 billion Euro). The package, the biggest ever, covers a vast range of sc...


Spain — Agett campaigns on behalf of young unemployed

19 July 2010

The Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), has appealed to the government to allow temporary employment agencies to place young unemployed in internships and apprenticeships in order to enable them to enter the labour market, El Economista reports. The association highligh...


Germany — Reduced working hours out, temporary employment in

19 July 2010

German companies are increasingly converting their 'reduced working hours schemes' back into full-time permanent work. At the same time, the demand for temporary employment is rising. Walter Huber, Head of Personnel Germany at electrical engineering giant Siemens, told German daily Die Welt "we...


UK — Scottish labour market remains tough

19 July 2010

According to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, a strong rise in the number of candidates seeking long and short-term employment in Scotland led to a mild deterioration in overall labour market conditions in June. Nevertheless, employment and demand for staff continued to rise during the...


Italy — Only 4% of Italians would work abroad

19 July 2010

According to the latest Eurobarometer on Geographical Mobility published by the European Commission, Italians are the least likely of all Europeans to look for work abroad. Only 4% of Italians consider working abroad compared to 51% of Danes, 38% of Estonians and 37% of Swedes. A spokesman for s...


UK — SThree lower headcount inhibits profitability

19 July 2010

SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the international specialist staffing firm, has today announced interim results for the six months ended 30 May 2010. Revenues were down by -21% from 280.6 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 221.7 million Pounds to H1 2010. Gross profit fell by -20.3% from 93.3 million Pounds...


UK — Report claims private sector is highly unlikely to be able to absorb job declines in public sector

19 July 2010

New research by the New Economics Foundation (nef) has found that between 2002 and 2009 only one in four of all new enterprises created in England was based in the most deprived areas, despite decades of government programmes encouraging enterprise in regions with high unemployment. In the North...


Netherlands — Christian temporary staffing agency must pay voluntary workers

16 July 2010

The Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment has decided via its Labour Inspectorate department (Arbeidsinspectie) that staffing agency DWN Services, which is owned by the Christian Community of The Netherlands (CGN), must pay its voluntary workers standard wages, Dutch daily Dagblad van het No...


Portugal — Volkswagen in-house temporary employment agency grows to over 1,000 temporary staff

16 July 2010

The Volkswagen-owned in-house temporary staffing agency, AutoVision, has grown from 300 employees in July last year to 1,000 employees in July this year, Portuguese daily Rostos reports. AutoVision Portugal provides Human Resources management and temporary staffing services to both Volkswagen gr...


Europe — Temporary workers disproportionately affected by the crisis

16 July 2010

The European Central Bank notes in its latest monthly bulletin that "the reduction in Euro area employment has been sizeable, following the deep fall in activity on the back of the international economic crisis." "However, it has been somewhat less severe than might have been expected, at least...