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UK – Difficult trading conditions result in loss at Savile Group

26 January 2011

The board of Savile Group Plc (SAVG.LSE), the AIM quoted Human Resources consulting group, specialising in outplacement, career transition and talent management, provides the following update on trading for the six months ended 31 December 2010:"In the first half of the financial year, three...


Netherlands – Agency temporary employment up by +7% y-o-y in December 2010

26 January 2011

According to the latest data published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), the number of hours worked by agency temporary employees in The Netherlands was up by +7% in December 2010 (weeks 49 to 52) when compared to the same period last year. Turnover generated by temporary...


World – High unemployment, banking problems and overheating in emerging markets need to be addressed, says IMF

26 January 2011

Although the world is on a recovery path from the global economic crisis, action is still needed to address key constraints in the international economy and financial system, including high unemployment and banking problems in advanced economies and risks of overheating in emerging markets, accor...


Eurozone – Growth at 6-month high boosted by Germany

26 January 2011

The latest 'Flash Eurozone Composite Output Index', published by economic research firm Markit, rose from 55.5 in December to a six-month high of 56.3 in January.Growth accelerated in both manufacturing and services, with the former seeing the stronger rate of increase (as has been the case in al...


UK – Jobless rate for new graduates doubles over recent recession

26 January 2011

The unemployment rate for new graduates was 20% in the third quarter of 2010, almost double the rate in the last quarter before the recent recession, according to new figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).This was the highest unemployment rate for new graduates in ov...


Switzerland – Lack of qualified staff costs SMEs 4.2 billion Swiss Francs per annum

26 January 2011

The latest bi-annual 'SME Business Barometer 2011', based on research carried out by Ernst & Young among 700 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland, reveals that SMEs are in the ascendant and expect this economic boom phase to continue.93% of SMEs are happy with their curren...


UK – Mixed reactions to the latest fall in GDP

26 January 2011

Several institutions have commented on the preliminary Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data published yesterday, which showed that the economy shrank by -0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010.Ian McCafferty, Chief Economic Adviser at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said "the magnitude...


UK – Executive Vice-Chairman hits back at HCL board

26 January 2011

Kate Bleasdale, the Executive Vice-Chairman of Healthcare Locums who was suspended yesterday by her Board of Directors together with Diane Jarvis pending the outcome of an internal investigation into what the board called 'serious accounting irregularities' has hit back.Although the company gave...


France – Board reshuffle at Randstad

26 January 2011

The Chairman of staffing agency Randstad France, François Béharel, has reshuffled his Board of Directors, Le Figaro newspaper reports.Director Abdel Aissou has been promoted to Vice-Chairman whilst Michael Hoffmann-Hervé becomes HR Director.Laurent Morestain, previously Strategy and Development D...


UK – Healthcare Locums suspends Bleasdale, Jarvis and its shares

26 January 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the specialist health and social care staffing firm, has announced that the ordinary shares of the company have been suspended from trading on AIM with immediate effect.The board has strong reason to believe that the financial performance of HCL for the year to 31...