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UK - Skills shortages loom as demand for IT professionals surges

13 July 2011

The number of job vacancies in the IT sector has surged +28% year-on-year as businesses ramp up investment in technology and kick-start projects put on hold during the recession, according to research conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts and Innovantage, the provider of real-time labour market intelligence,...

Germany - Agency employment makes people sick, says health insurer

13 July 2011

Agency temporary employees take on average 15 days per annum off work due to sickness, +3.5 days more than other employees, according to the latest statistics published by the Health Insurance for Technicians (TK).

The insurance company says that many temporary employees work in physically demanding jobs,...

UK - Unemployment falls slightly due to under 24 year olds

13 July 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to May 2011 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down -0.1 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people fell by -26,000 over the quarter to reach 2.45 million, according to the latest statistics published today by the Office for National...

UK - GDP and unemployment forecasts revised downwards by CIPD

13 July 2011

Revised forecasts for UK economic and employment growth published today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revise downward the CIPD's previous (December 2010) forecast for both Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and unemployment.
The CIPD now expects the economy to grow...

World - Training is key for new era in energy production, says report

13 July 2011

Surging demand for oil and natural gas will see an influx in investment and rise in activity across 2011. This is expected to create an increase in global hiring according to a joint report from OilCareers.com, the international jobs board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner Air...

Belgium - Structural problems in labour market are deep-rooted

13 July 2011

Belgium has come out of the global financial crisis faster than the Euro area as a whole, but high public debt and the need to anticipate the cost of its ageing population require urgent fiscal consolidation, according to the latest 'Economic Survey of Belgium' published by the Organisation for Economic...

Portugal - Exports up but decline in domestic demand projected

13 July 2011

Current projections by the Portuguese Central Bank (Banco de Portugal) point to a significant decline in domestic demand, both public and private, including consumption and investment. Exports will be the only component of demand with a positive contribution to economic growth over the projection horizon....

UK - Employees happier despite longer working hours

13 July 2011

New statistics reveal a rise in workers' happiness with working hours and work-life balance. The employee engagement research was conducted by HR consultancy ETS Plc. Such increases are particularly surprising given that the latest Office for National Statistics data shows the average working week is...

UK - Majority of City workers still committed to London

13 July 2011

In June 2011, professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley (part of Premier Group), surveyed 560 financial services professionals in London to examine how many had sought or been offered the opportunity to move abroad for their careers. The majority of respondents (80%) had either: not...

Netherlands - Agency turnover up +8% y-o-y in H1 2011

12 July 2011

In weeks 21 to 24 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +6% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +8%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federation of Private Employment...