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Germany — Business weekly calls for the exclusion of in-house temporary employment agencies

21 June 2010

At its annual conference last week the German Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) demonstrated both great self confidence and a lingering insecurity, German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reports. The confidence is based on the strong growth rate temporary employment is experien...


Portugal — Temporary employment up by +25% in 2009 but revenues rise more slowly

18 June 2010

The number of temporary employees hired via staffing agencies grew by +25% in 2009, a year marked by an overall increase in unemployment. According to data from the Association of Private Employment Agencies (APESPE) there were 150,000 temporary employees in Portugal in 2009. This compares to 12...


UK — Staffline results boosted by new business wins and acquisitions

18 June 2010

Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services group has today announced that a number of new business wins and recent acquisitions combined with increased demand from existing clients have boosted the company's performance. Andy Hogarth, Staffline's Chairman and Chie...


Greece — Q1 2010 unemployment rate reaches 11.7%

18 June 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in Q1 2010 was 11.7%, up from 9.3% in the same period of 2009. During Q1 2010, the percentage of the labour force was 53.9% of the population aged 15 years and over. The female unem...


Germany — Minister presents proposals for temporary employment reforms

18 June 2010

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, has presented a 'discussion paper' in order to initiate negotiations about labour market reforms for temporary employment, German daily Suedwest Presse reports today. The minister wants to introduce a legally binding minimum salary for...


Portugal — 69.6% of employed professionals would work abroad

18 June 2010

The latest salary guide based on interviews with 3,800 professionals published by staffing group Hays Portugal reveals that 84.6% of interviewees who are currently employed would take up a job in another part of Portugal and 69.6% would work abroad. Out of those professionals who are not current...


Germany — DIHK talks of job miracle

18 June 2010

The German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) expect a -90% reduction in reduced working hours schemes (Kurzarbeit) by the end of 2010. DIHK representative Volker Treier told German daily Bild "by the end of the year there should be no more than 100,000 employees on reduced working hours sc...


Europe — EU27 hourly labour costs up by +2.2% year-on-year

17 June 2010

The latest data published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) shows that hourly labour costs in the 16 countries, which share the Euro as a common currency (EA16)* rose by +2.1% in the year up to the first quarter of 2010, compared with +1.7% for the previous quarter. In al...


UK — Financial services hiring at second highest level this year

17 June 2010

According to the latest London Employment Monitor published by professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley, London's financial services jobs market saw a +3% month-on-month increase from 5,569 to 5,733 newly available jobs in May 2010. Compared to May 2009, job opportunities rose by +82%...


OECD Countries — Developing countries set to account for 60% of world GDP by 2030

17 June 2010

The rapid growth of emerging economies has led to a shift in economic power. The aggregate economic weight of developing and emerging economies is about to surpass that of the countries, which currently make up the advanced world. According to 'Perspectives on Global Development: Shifting Wealth...