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UK — Recession has had a strong impact on Northern Ireland but optimism returns

8 July 2010

A new salary guide published by staffing agency Abacus Professional Recruitment shows that salaries in Northern Ireland have dropped by typically -5% to -15% and benefits have been capped or withdrawn completely, while redundancies have spread across virtually each business sector in the region,...


Switzerland — Unemployment falls to 3.7%

8 July 2010

The State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO) today announces unemployment figures for June 2010. The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) has fallen by -6,601 individuals to 144,473 compared to May 2010. The unemployment rate has fallen from 3.8% in May 2010 to...


Europe — Sequential GDP up by +0.2% in Q1 2010

8 July 2010

Second estimates published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that Euro area (EA16*) and EU27** Gross Domestic Product (GDP) both increased by +0.2% during the first quarter of 2010, compared with the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2009, growth rates were...


UK — Hays returns to year-on-year growth driven by international business

8 July 2010

Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the fifth largest staffing company in Europe, has today released an interim management statement for the final quarter of the Company’s financial year ended 30 June 2010. Net fees were up by +14% (+8% on a like-for-like basis) versus the same period last year. Like-for-like...


Italy — Temporary employment up by +9% compared to the lows of 2009

8 July 2010

The latest monthly monitor (Nota Mensile Giugno 2010) published by the Bilateral Association for Temporary Employment (Ebitemp), shows that the seasonally adjusted number of temporary employees was up by +1.7% from 220,000 in April 2009 to 224,000 in April 2010. This is the first growth in tempor...


UK — BCC Economic Survey points to continued UK growth

7 July 2010

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) latest Economic Survey suggest that the UK economy saw further growth in the second quarter of 2010, building on the improvement in the first three months of the year. Key indicators on business conditions, such as employment expectations, in...


UK — Robert Walters sees marked acceleration in recruitment activity in Q2

7 July 2010

Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE), the staffing and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) group, today announces a trading update for the second quarter ended 30 June 2010. Group net fee income (gross profit) was up by +59% from 24.9 million Pounds in Q2 2009 to 39.7 million Pounds in Q2 2010. In con...


Germany — Breaches of regulation by staffing agencies up fourfold

7 July 2010

Following on from the recent debate in the German Parliament (Bundestag, Lower House) about the unacceptability of so-called 'revolving doors practices' whereby German companies sack their permanent staff only to re-employ them immediately as temporary employees via an in-house temporary employme...


Germany — Coalition split over minimum salary

7 July 2010

Angela Merkel's coalition government has so far not been able to agree on introducing a minimum salary for temporary employees, German daily Rheinische Post reports. The Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) and the Federal Minister for Economics and...


OECD Countries — Job creation must be a top priority in months ahead

7 July 2010

According to the Employment Outlook 2010 published today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), unemployment may have peaked in the OECD area, having reached 8.6% in May 2010 but member countries need to create 17 million new jobs to get employment levels back to wh...