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Europe - Free EU movement starts on 1 May 2011

29 April 2011

1 May 2011 will mark the removal of restrictions on the right to work in any member state of the European Union (EU) for citizens from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.   All workers from the countries that joined the EU in 2004 will now...


UK - 93% of employers will keep or grow agency staffing levels

29 April 2011

Increasing numbers of employers are planning to grow their permanent workforce in the next year, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey, published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). In the April 2011 survey, more than a third indicated they would be adding to their existin...


Sweden - Labour costs increase

29 April 2011

The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in February 2011 was 105.9 for wage-earners and 105.8 for salaried employees. Compared with February 2010, labour costs have increased by +2.6% for wage-earners and +0.7% for salaried employees, according to Statistics Sweden (SCB).Total labour c...


U.S. GDP Slows in First Quarter

28 April 2011

U.S. real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter, according to an advance estimate released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The first quarter's growth is slower than that of the fourth quarter, when real GDP grew by 3.1 percent.It had grown by...


Randstad North American Revenue Rises

28 April 2011

Randstad Holding NV, the world’s second-largest staffing firm, reported first-quarter North American revenue rose 19 percent from the year-ago quarter on an organic basis, which excludes the impact of currencies, acquisitions and disposals.The Netherlands-based company reported first-quarter Nort...


CDI Revenue Up 22%

28 April 2011

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) reported first-quarter revenue rose 22.2 percent to $256.6 million from $209.9 million in the first quarter of last year. Included in revenue is $13.2 million from the operations of L.R. Kimball, a firm that provides mostly engineering services that was acquired by CDI in Ju...


TrueBlue Revenue Rises 14%

28 April 2011

Revenue rose 14.4 percent year over year at TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI) to $274.3 million for the fiscal first quarter ended April 1. “We experienced broad-based demand for our services with double-digit growth across most industries we serve,” TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper said.Boeing accounted for ab...


Harvey Nash: U.S. Revenue Up 17%

28 April 2011

Harvey Nash Group PLC reported today its U.S. revenue rose 17.4 percent to GBP34.4 million (US$54.5 million) in its fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2011. The U.K.-based firm provides information technology staffing and services through its U.S. operations headquartered in Wayne, N.J.“Although demand f...


Jobless Claims Average Increases 2.3%

28 April 2011

The four-week moving average of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance rose 2.3 percent in the week ended April 23, while total initial jobless claims rose by 6.2 percent.In its weekly report released today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the four-week moving average of jobless cl...


Canada: Average Weekly Earnings Rise

28 April 2011

Average weekly earnings of nonfarm payroll employees in Canada rose 4.0 percent to C$874.83 on a seasonally adjusted, year-over-year basis in February 2011, Statistics Canada reported today.Average weekly earnings rose in every province year over year in February. Growth was above the national av...