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UK - Drivers Direct acquires Transport Solutions

21 July 2011

Privately-owned specialist recruitment company Drivers Direct has expanded with the acquisition of a company with branches in Crewe and Derby which is run by a former employee.

The company, which specialises in the recruitment and placement of temporary and permanent drivers of all classes, has acquired...

Iceland - Unemployment falls slightly

21 July 2011

In the second quarter of 2011, 15,800 persons were unemployed and in search of a job or 8.5% of the labour force. The unemployment rate was 9.5% for men and 7.4% for women. The number of unemployed persons decreased by -400 since the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest data published today...

France - Job centres more effective than staffing agencies, claims government

20 July 2011

The government's job centres (Pȏle Emploi) are better at finding jobs for the unemployed than private staffing and outplacement agencies, according to new research carried out among 5,000 job seekers by the Ministry of Employment, L'Express newspaper reports.

In 2009 the government decided to hand over...

Europe - Seven billion Euro boost for R&D will create jobs and growth

20 July 2011

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced nearly seven billion Euro to kick-start innovation through research. The European Commission's biggest ever such funding package, under the European Union's (EU) Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), is expected to create around 174,000 jobs...

UK - Unemployment since 2005: South & East escape the worst

20 July 2011

The UK experienced a long period of falling unemployment rates after the end of the early 1990s recession where it stood at 10.7% at the start of 1993. The unemployment rate levelled off from around 2001 and reached a low in the UK of 4.7% at the beginning of 2005. This was followed by a small rise and...

UK - Recruitment market stable with promising outlook

20 July 2011

The recruitment market remained relatively stable in June 2011compared with the previous month according to staffing agency Adecco UK and the latest data from mysalarychecker.com (operated by Adecco Group UK & Ireland). However, key indicators suggest that the cautious mood may turn more confident...

Germany - Economic sentiment drops

20 July 2011

The Economic Sentiment Index for Germany, published by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), has dropped by -6.1 points in July 2011. The indicator now stands at minus 15.1 points. This value is below the indicator's historical average of 26.2 points.

Compared with the previous month economic...

Ireland – Economic recovery difficult to predict

20 July 2011

The Irish economy is still negotiating a difficult and lengthy adjustment. The absence of a 'straight line' recovery is hurting business sentiment, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland/Chartered Accountants Ireland Business Sentiment Survey, which reflects the view of chartered accountants working...

Greece - Unemployment up +36% y-o-y

20 July 2011

The unemployment rate in April 2011 was 15.8% compared with 11.9% in April 2010 and 16.2% in March 2011, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority.

The number of employed amounted to 4,183,332 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 786,459...

Italy - Gi Group's job placements up +35%

19 July 2011

Job placements were up by +35% in H1 2011 when compared with H1 2010 at Gi Group, the largest Italian-owned staffing agency. Barbara Bruno of Gi Group Italy, commented to specialist publication LABITALIA "the whole first six months of the year were very good for us. We even had monthly peaks of...