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Europe — Economic Sentiment Indicator on the up after July's surge

31 August 2010

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), published by the European Commission, continued to improve in both the entire European Union (EU) and the Euro area in August 2010 after the surge in July, albeit at a slower pace. It rose to 102.7 (up by +0.6 of a point) in the EU and to 101.8 (up by +0.7...


Norway — Temporary employment up by + 5% y-o-y in Q2 2010

31 August 2010

The latest Staffing Barometer (Bemanningsbarometeret) published by the National Federation of Service Industries (NHO Service) reveals that the number of hours worked by temporary employees was up by +5% to 9,259,265 hours in Q2 2010 compared to Q2 2009. NHO Service's Head of Division, Even Hage...


Ireland — More than 12,000 job cuts planned for the public sector

31 August 2010

The government's plan to transform the public sector will see a total reduction of -12,430 jobs in under four years following the employment controls imposed by the Department of Finance, Irish daily The Post reports. According to documents obtained by The Post 5,740 job cuts are expected in the...


France — Public sector staffing levels predicted to stagnate in 2011

31 August 2010

Staffing group Randstad France has for the first time published its new 'Public Sector Human Resources (HR) Trends Barometer' compiled on the basis of interviews with 216 public sector HR professionals. 58% of interviewees believe that staffing levels in the public sector will stagnate in 2011 w...


UK — 42% of public sector workers would accept a pay cut to avoid redundancy

31 August 2010

A new survey published by job board operator Totaljobs.com among 1,600 state workers shows that one in six would accept a -10% pay cut if it meant keeping their jobs. A further 25% said they would accept a -6% reduction in pay, a yearly cut of 1,500 Pounds before tax for a civil servant on 25,000...


Europe — Unemployment stable in July 2010

31 August 2010

The latest unemployment figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that the Euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in July 2010, unchanged compared with June 2010. It was 9.6% in July 2009. The unemployment rate of the entire...


UK — Young employees distrust their employers

30 August 2010

A new survey of 1,000 workers aged between 16 and 24 carried out by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark reveals that 32% do not believe most or any of what they are told by their employer, compared with only 18% last year. The research shows that 37% of workers in the legal profession are s...


Germany — Immigration benefits German workers but not the existing immigrant workforce

30 August 2010

New research carried out by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB), to be published in 2011 but leaked in part to Financial Times Deutschland (FTD), reveals that immigration has a positive effect on German workers and a negative effect on foreign workers already living and working in Germ...


Belgium — Blue-collar temporary employment up by +16.59% y-o-y in July

30 August 2010

The latest seasonally adjusted monthly update published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon), shows that the number of hours worked by temporary employees in July 2010 rose by +1.75% compared to June 2010. Month-on-month, the number of hours worked by blue-collar workers was up by...


Sweden — Labour costs rise in June 2010

30 August 2010

The latest Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that labour costs have increased by +1.4% for wage-earners and +2.3% for salaried employees in June 2010 compared to June 2009. Wages are defined as payment per hour or per unit whilst sala...