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UK — 42% of public sector workers would accept a pay cut to avoid redundancy

31 August 2010

A new survey published by job board operator Totaljobs.com among 1,600 state workers shows that one in six would accept a -10% pay cut if it meant keeping their jobs. A further 25% said they would accept a -6% reduction in pay, a yearly cut of 1,500 Pounds before tax for a civil servant on 25,000...


Europe — Unemployment stable in July 2010

31 August 2010

The latest unemployment figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that the Euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in July 2010, unchanged compared with June 2010. It was 9.6% in July 2009. The unemployment rate of the entire...


UK — Young employees distrust their employers

30 August 2010

A new survey of 1,000 workers aged between 16 and 24 carried out by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark reveals that 32% do not believe most or any of what they are told by their employer, compared with only 18% last year. The research shows that 37% of workers in the legal profession are s...


Germany — Immigration benefits German workers but not the existing immigrant workforce

30 August 2010

New research carried out by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB), to be published in 2011 but leaked in part to Financial Times Deutschland (FTD), reveals that immigration has a positive effect on German workers and a negative effect on foreign workers already living and working in Germ...


Belgium — Blue-collar temporary employment up by +16.59% y-o-y in July

30 August 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 July 2010 rose by +1.75% compared to June 2010. Month-on-month, the number of hours worked by blue-collar workers was up by...


Sweden — Labour costs rise in June 2010

30 August 2010

The latest Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that labour costs have increased by +1.4% for wage-earners and +2.3% for salaried employees in June 2010 compared to June 2009. Wages are defined as payment per hour or per unit whilst sala...


Europe — France is the real strike champion but Denmark had a bad year in 2008

30 August 2010

A new report from the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) reveals that between 2005 and 2009 the highest average levels of industrial action were found in Denmark (159.4 days lost per 1,000 workers) and France (132 days lost per 1,000 workers). The lowest levels were in Austria (no d...


Netherlands — Substantial increase in the number of temporary jobs

27 August 2010

The number of hours worked by temporary employees has increased by nearly +5% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter. Adjusted for seasonal variation, the index figure for the number of hours worked set at 100 in 2005 was 107.3, as against 102.3 in the previous quarter. The...


UK — Offshore wind sector set to create 60 times more jobs in ten years

27 August 2010

Scotland's offshore wind industry could create 28,000 jobs by 2020, contributing 7.1billion Pounds of investment to the economy, according to a report commissioned by Scottish Renewables and Scottish Enterprise. The first comprehensive study of the potential impact of offshore wind on the Scotti...


UK — Abrupt introduction of a cap on net migration would lead to major UK skills problem, says CIPD

27 August 2010

The sharp fall in the number of work-related visas in the past year offers further evidence that the current points-based system is working, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in response to the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report published yesterday by the Office...