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France — Category A unemployment up by 0.1 % in February 2010

25 March 2010

The latest data published by the official government job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that the number of category A job seekers registered with the job centres in February 2010 rose by +0.1% compared to the previous month to 2,667,900. Compared to February 2009, it was up by 12.8%.   Registered...


Norway — Unemployment figures are the envy of Europe

24 March 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Norway (SSB) reveals that adjusted unemployment remained unchanged from October to January. The unemployment rate of 3.3 per cent constitutes 85, 000 unemployed persons. In comparison, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemplo...


Netherlands — Demand for temporary workers continues to fall in February

24 March 2010

According to the latest data published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), the number of hours worked by temporary employees in The Netherlands fell by -13% in February 2010 compared to February 2009. Turnover generated by temporary employment agencies fell by -12% in the s...


Finland — Unemployment rate at 9.2% in February 2010

24 March 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), there were 42,000 more persons unemployed in February 2010 than in February 2009. The unemployment rate grew by 1.6 percentage points to 9.2 per cent from one year ago. The number of employed persons decr...


UK — GLA agrees protocol with supermarkets and their suppliers

24 March 2010

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has agreed a landmark protocol with the UK's major retailers and their suppliers to help tackle worker exploitation. The agreement is the culmination of extensive talks and consultation with the retailers and the supply chain over the last two years. The...


Portugal — 75% of job centre vacancies said to be temporary and badly paid

24 March 2010

The government's argument that the unemployed don't want to work because unemployment benefit is too generous has been rejected by the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP), Diario de Noticias reports. The government job centres (IEFP) announced last week that there are 18,000 unfil...


UK — Tribal Group slips to loss in 2009

23 March 2010

Tribal Group Plc. (TRB:LSE),the consultancy, professional support and delivery services firm focused on the public sector, today announces preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Revenues were up by +5% from 226.7 million Pounds in 2008 to 238 million Pounds in 2009. Adjusted pr...


UK — Morson Group PBT up by 22.5% in 2009

23 March 2010

Morson Group Plc. (MRN:LSE), the provider of technical engineering personnel and project design solutions, today announces preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Group revenues were up by +1.2% to 436.6 million Pounds in 2009 compared to 431.4 million Pounds in 2008. Group net...


UK — Parity Group banks on prudence and caution

23 March 2010

Parity Group Plc.(PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment (resources) and consulting (solutions) firm, has today announced unaudited preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Group revenues from continuing operations fell by -10% from 132.3 million Pounds in 2008 to 119 million Po...


Germany — Minister tells temporary employers and unions to do their homework

23 March 2010

In an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel, Employment Minister Ursula von der Leyen commented on Germany's system of minimum salary self-regulation by industry sector (Tarifvertrag) and the implications for the opening of the European Union (EU) market for temporary employment agencies in 20...