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Sweden - Record increase in employment forecast but skills gap persists

20 June 2011

The average annual unemployment rate is expected to fall from 8.4% of the workforce in 2010 to 7.5% in 2011 and then further to 6.7% in 2012, according to the latest forecast by the government’s official Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

The Employment service expects an extra +107,000 jobs...

UK - Need to train and manage older workers when DRA is phased out

20 June 2011

As the Pensions Bill makes its way through The Commons, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) releases a new survey demonstrating that older workers are often neglected when it comes to training and performance management. It highlights the need for employers to ensure they are...

Belgium - Alleged discriminatory Adecco recruitment list published

17 June 2011

Following the announcement yesterday that Adecco Belgium will appeal against the fine imposed by the Court of First Instance of Brussels for racist practices in employment, the Labour Party of Belgium (PTB) has now published what it claims to be the original list of job offers used by Adecco Brussels’...

Germany - Poaching wave for agency staff is rife

17 June 2011

Temporary employment agencies increasingly have to turn down requests for temporary employees due to an acute shortage of qualified workers in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reports.

Volker Enkerts, President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BAP, previously BZA and...

Belgium - Employment in construction up +4.3% y-o-y but industry down

17 June 2011

The gross index of the number of employees in industry, excluding construction, was up by +0.3% to 92.8 (2005: 100) in Q1 2011 when compared with Q4 2010. Compared with Q1 2010 the index was down by -0.7%, according to the General Directorate for Statistics (Statbel).

The gross index of the number of...

Ireland - Unemployment falls to 14%

17 June 2011

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 14.8% to 14.0% between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 with the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed decreasing by -21,900 (-6.9%) from 317,900 to 296,000 over the same period, according to the latest National...

UK - EU maternity leave proposals seen as costly and socially regressive

17 June 2011

Chris Grayling, Employment Minister, will visit Brussels today to continue the UK government's lobbying on the Pregnant Workers Directive.

Grayling will attend a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) during which the Hungarian Presidency will give an update...

OECD countries - Mild loss of growth momentum

17 June 2011

In the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the composite leading indicators (CLIs) designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to a mild loss of growth momentum in most major economies for April 2011, according...

Europe - Employment up +0.3% in Q1 2011

16 June 2011

The number of persons employed in both the Euro area (EA17) and the entire European Union (EU27) grew slightly in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).

In the fourth...

OECD Countries - Unemployment rate drops to 8.1% in April

16 June 2011

The unemployment rate in the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) dropped to 8.1% in April 2011, a -0.1 percentage point fall compared with March 2011 after two months of stability at 8.2%, according to new OECD research. This is a continuation of the...