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Greece — Unemployment rises by +0.1 percentage points to 11.8% in Q2 2010

17 September 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority the number of employed people amounted to 4,426,992 in Q2 2010 while the number of unemployed amounted to 594,032. The unemployment rate was 11.8% compared with 11.7% in Q1 2010 and 8.9% in the correspondi...


Austria — Strong recovery but speed is waning

17 September 2010

After a contraction on -3.9% in the economic crisis year of 2009, Gross Domestic Product is forecast to rise again by +1.6% in 2010 and by +1.4% in 2011. The latest Economic Indicator report published by Bank Austria shows that inflation is forecast to rise to 1.8% in 2010 and to 2.0% in 2011. I...


Italy — Temporary employment up by +20.5% y-o-y in July 2010

17 September 2010

According to the latest data published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, the seasonally adjusted amount of money paid to temporary employees was up by +20% in July 2010 compared to July 2009. Month-on-month, the amoun...


Ireland — Despite economic woes productivity and GDP per capita is among highest in EU

17 September 2010

The latest Measuring Ireland's Progress report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), reveals that the value of GDP fell by -11.3% in 2009. The public balance deficit was 14.3% of GDP, the largest of any EU member state. Government debt increased steeply to 64% of GDP in 2009, having...


Belgium — Under-cover journalists reveal discrimination in temporary staffing agencies

17 September 2010

The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CECLR) has reacted to a television programme broadcast on Wednesday by Flemish television chain VRT in which a bogus client asked eight temporary staffing agencies to provide native Belgian personnel and not to present candidates with f...


Germany — Employment levels forecast to be at record high in 2011 but skills gap looms

17 September 2010

The latest analysis by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB) forecasts that unemployment in 2011 will fall to 2.96 million. This would be the lowest level of unemployment in Germany since 1992. The Institute equally forecasts an employment level of 40.63 million individuals, the highest...


Europe — Eurociett calls on Commission to support the role of agency work in youth labour market

17 September 2010

The European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), has applauded the European Commission's Youth on the Move initiative to be adopted today and has emphasised the importance of training and mobility in integrating young people into the labour market. Denis Pennel, Managing Di...


Sweden — Temporary employment up by +52,000 y-o-y in August 2010

16 September 2010

The latest data published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that the number of employed persons aged 15 to 74 increased by +73,000 in August 2010 when compared to August 2009 and amounted to 4,610,000. The increase is mainly explained by the increase of +54,000 employed men. The employment...


UK — Work Group sees positive trends but still makes a loss in H1 2010

16 September 2010

Revenues were down from 12.8 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 11.3 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Work Group Plc (WORK:LSE), the talent acquisition and talent management services provider. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010, released today, show that net fee income (gross profit) wa...


Switzerland — 2010 Economic growth revised upwards but exports under pressure

16 September 2010

In Switzerland, the economic recovery has continued throughout the year with strong GDP growth in both of the first two quarters. In contrast to most OECD countries, Swiss economic output had reached it prerecession levels by mid 2010. At the same time the first signs of economic weakness can be...