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Spain — Increase in unemployment continues to slow down

2 September 2010

The latest labour market figures published today by the public employment service (SEPE, previously INEM), show that unemployment was up by +1.5% or +61,083 individuals to 3,969,661 in August 2010 when compared to July. Year-on-year, unemployment was up by +9.3% or +340,581 individuals in August...


UK — 41% of larger employers are considering levelling-down their pension schemes

2 September 2010

  Many of the country's largest employers are beginning to consider the impact of new statutory rules from 2012 requiring them to auto-enrol millions of extra employees into workplace pension schemes, employees who at present have not joined schemes. Already, 41% of employers say that they are '...


UK — Tough year for Hays but company sees optimism in H2 results

2 September 2010

Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the fifth largest staffing company in Europe, has announced its annual results for the year ended 30 June 2010. Net fees were down by -17% from 670.8 million Pounds in 2009 to 557.7 million Pounds in 2010. Like-for-like, net fees were down by -21%. Net fees from temporary emp...


Germany — Serious skills gap in engineering and science

2 September 2010

According to new research by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) the country is heading for a serious shortage of engineers and science professionals. The Institute highlights the fact that in July 2010 there was a shortage of -36,800 engineers in Germany due to a lack of science graduates a...


France — Temporary employment rises in Q2 2010

2 September 2010

The latest data published today by the Institute for National Statistics and Economic Research (Insee), shows that the average unemployment rate in metropolitan France and her overseas dominions was 9.7% in the second quarter of 2010. In metropolitan France (excluding the overseas dominions) the...


UK — Purchasing managers listed in the top ten careers

2 September 2010

Pat Law, Managing Director of Hays Procurement, has commented on the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report, which showed that the number of purchasing manager positions occupied in the UK has increased by 121% between 2001 and 2010: "It is not a surprise to see purchasing managers listed in...


France — Adenclassified sales boosted by non-HR activities

1 September 2010

Revenue was up by +23.6% from 25.4 million Euro in H1 2009 to 31.3 million Euro in H1 2010 at Adenclassifieds (ADEN:PAR), the recruitment, training and property internet portal, which is majority-owned by the Figaro Publishing Group. Half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 announ...


Eastern Europe — Czech government proposes labour market reforms

1 September 2010

The new coalition government in the Czech Republic, consisting of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), TOP 09 and the Public Affairs party (VV), has agreed on the need to reform the Labour Code in force since January 2007, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. Proposed chang...


UK — Exposure to public sector impacts Parity results

1 September 2010

Revenue was down -16% to 52.6 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Parity Group Plc (PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment (Resources) and consulting (Solutions) firm. Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 published yesterday lunchtime reveal that a decline in public sector business re...


UK — Network Group returns to profit despite reduced revenue

1 September 2010

Revenue was down by -4.7% or -1.2 million Pounds from 26.4 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 25.1 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Network Group Holdings Plc (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business outsourcing group. Half year results for the six months ended 31 May 2010 published yesterday af...