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Switzerland - Economy forecast to grow but at diminished rates

30 June 2011

The Economic Barometer, published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF), fell by -0.07 relative to May 2011 (2.30) and now points at 2.23. Thus, in the next few months, the year-on-year growth of Swiss Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should continue to reach relatively high levels, albeit with diminishing...

UK - Staffing agencies reminded of obligations during today’s strike

30 June 2011

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has been providing advice for staffing agencies regarding their rights and responsibilities during  today's public sector strikes. Over 5,000 schools and other government services will close due to industrial action but agencies are aware of...

UK - Allied Healthcare to acquire Sue Ryder's homecare business

29 June 2011

Sue Ryder, the UK health and social care services charity, is proposing to transfer all its English homecare business to Allied Healthcare International Inc. (AHCI:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of temporary staffing services to the health care and social care industries in the UK.

It is anticipated by...

Austria - TTI forecasts +25% revenue growth in 2011

29 June 2011

TTI, the privately owned staffing agency, expects a revenue increase of +25% from 65.6 million Euro in 2010 to 82 million Euro in 2011, OÖ Nachrichten newspaper reports.

TTI Managing Partner, Johann Höfler, commented "companies cover baseline business with permanent employees and increasingly cope...

Belgium - SD Worx's revenues up +6%

29 June 2011

Revenues were up by +6% from 189 million Euro in 2009 to 201 million Euro in 2010 at privately-owned Payroll, Human Resources and legal advice services provider SD Worx.

The group generated profits of 7 million Euro in 2010 and increased its clients base by +5%.

Hans Joris, Managing Director of SD Worx...

France - Agency temporary employment up +18.4% y-o-y

29 June 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +18.4% in May 2011 compared with May 2010, according to the latest Employment Barometer published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).

Agency temporary employment among unqualified workers was up by +15.9%. Among...

Belgium - Agency temporary hours up +6.29% y-o-y

29 June 2011

The number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in May 2011 was down by -2.66% compared with April 2011, according to the latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian agency temporary employment market published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).

The number of hours worked...

Europe - Labour market recovers but social costs of crisis still high

29 June 2011

The European Union (EU) labour market is continuing to recover but at a slow pace and with large variations across EU countries, according to the new EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review published by the European Commission.

Employment has improved since the second quarter of 2010, but...

France - Unemployment up +0.3% y-o-y

29 June 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in May 2011 was up by +0.7% or +17,700 individuals to 2,686,800 compared with the previous month. Compared with May 2010, it was up by +0.3%, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf of the official...

Italy - Business confidence varies by sector

29 June 2011

In June 2011 the seasonally adjusted confidence indicator in manufacturing fell from 101.1 in May 2011 to 100.5. Assessments on order books worsened while production expectations remained unchanged and inventories increased, according to the latest data published by the National Institute of Statistics...