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UK - Bleasdale sues Healthcare Locums

1 July 2011

Kate Bleasdale, who was sacked from Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm which suspended trading in its shares in January amid major financial irregularities, is suing the crippled company at an employment tribunal for 6 million Pounds citing...

France - Strong growth at qualified end of staffing industry

1 July 2011

The number of agency temporary employees rose by +14.8% to 527,147 in 2010 when compared with 2009, according to the latest annual report published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).

In full-time equivalent terms, agency temporary employment created...

Europe - Unemployment falls -0.4% y-o-y

1 July 2011

The Euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in May 2011, unchanged compared with April. It was 10.2% in May 2010. The unemployment rate in the entire European Union (EU27) was 9.3% in May 2011, unchanged compared with April. It was 9.7% in May 2010, according to the latest unemployment...

Germany - Indonesian engineers to fill the skills gap

1 July 2011

The shortage of qualified staff is driving the German authorities to desperate measures. The Federal Agency for Labour (BA) and the Society for International Co-operation (GIZ) have now launched a recruitment campaign in Indonesia to lure qualified engineers to Germany. The next step will be a recruitment...

Sweden - Labour cost rises

1 July 2011

The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in April 2011 was 106.9 for wage-earners and 106.5 for salaried employees. Compared with April 2010, labour costs have increased by +2.3% for wage-earners and by +1% for salaried employees, according to data published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).


UK - Government needs coherent approach to knowledge economy

1 July 2011

Only the knowledge economy can provide the jobs and balanced growth needed to secure the UK's future prosperity, according to a plan for growth published by The Work Foundation. The report sets out a vision of what a balanced and sustainable economy could look like in 2020 and provides a detailed picture...

Ireland - Focus on enterprise critical to the economy, says Forfás

1 July 2011

"Increasing business investment and competitiveness is not just a necessity for enterprise recovery, but critical for the success of the entire economy. The traded sectors of the economy are proving resilient, exports are recovering and Ireland is still a good place to do business and to invest....

UK - Work experience essential to help tackle youth unemployment

1 July 2011

The quality of work experience in the UK needs to improve in order to increase the employability of young people and to dispel negative perceptions towards placements. This is the message from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as it teams up with the government's job centres...

Luxembourg - High demand for accountants, bankers and lawyers

1 July 2011

The tiny Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is currently experiencing a huge demand for financial services professionals and accountants. Accountants (ACCA or ACA) with knowledge of IFRS reporting standards are particularly sought after. There is also demand for private bankers, lawyers and administration staff....

Netherlands - USG People to announce job cuts to boost margin

30 June 2011

Dutch staffing firm USG People (USG:AEX), hit by weak growth in its home market, said yesterday that it will announce a new round of job cuts next week to boost margins but has no plans to sell any of its businesses, specialist publication London South East (LSE) reports.

The company's earnings were hit...