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UK - Hydrogen's H1 NFI ahead of expectations due to contract business

4 July 2011

Hydrogen Group Plc (HYDG:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment business for the IT, Finance, Engineering, Legal and HR sectors, has today issued the following trading update in respect of the six months ended 30 June 2011:

"The group has traded well over the first six months of the year and...

France - 2010 agency employment below 2008 levels despite strong growth

4 July 2011

The number of full-time equivalent agency temporary employment jobs was up by +17.8% in 2010 when compared with 2009, according to the latest statistics published by government research body DARES on behalf of the Ministry for the Economy and the Ministry for Labour.

However, even this very strong annual...

Belgium - 38.5% of employers expect agency staff requirements to rise

4 July 2011

The latest Temporary Employment Barometer for Q3 2011, published on behalf of the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon), based on interviews with 482 firms which spend 264 million Euro per annum on temporary employees, reveals that 38.5% of firms expect to be using more temporary employees in...

Italy - Unemployment falls to 8.6% in Q1 2011

4 July 2011

22.9 million persons were employed in Q1 2011, up by +0.5% or up by +116,000 individuals compared with Q1 2010. The employment rate increased to 56.8% (+0.1 points), according to the National Institute of Statistics (Istat).
Unemployed decreased by -118,000 individuals to 2.2 million.

The unemployment...

UK - Job opportunities bounce back in June

4 July 2011

Job opportunities across the country have increased, reversing last month's decline, according to the latest Job Index published today by job board reed.co.uk, which stands at 125 in June 2011, +4 index points or +3% up from May 2011. This marks a return back up to April 2011 levels of new job vacancies....

Norway - Oslo city councillor accuses staffing agency of fraud

4 July 2011

Around 100 Filipino nurses staged a protest rally in front of the venue of a forum where an Oslo politician was set to speak about his book on corruption that accuses Filipino-owned recruitment agency, Active Service, Omsorg og Rekruttering (ASOR), of corrupt practices, ABS-CBN News reports.

Oslo City...

UK - Growth eases but job numbers rise in financial services

4 July 2011

Volumes of business across the UK financial services sector grew in the three months to June 2011, but at a slower pace than in the last three quarters, according to the latest Financial Services Survey published today by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and financial services firm PwC.


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...