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France - Agency employment falls slightly m-o-m but up +11.3% y-o-y

15 June 2011

The number of agency temporary employees was down by -0.7% or down by -4,700 individuals to 661,600 in April 2011 when compared with the previous months, according to the latest data published by the government's official job centres (Pôle Emploi).

Year-on-year, the number of agency temporary employees...

UK - Largest fall in unemployment since 2000

15 June 2011

The unemployment rate for the three months to April 2011 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down -0.3 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people fell by -88,000 over the quarter to reach 2.43 million, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by the Office...

UK - Capita gets all clear for acquisition of Tribal's health business

15 June 2011

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided, on the information currently available to it, that a relevant merger situation, under the provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, has not been created in the anticipated acquisition by Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE) of the health and government consulting businesses...

UK - Return of war for talent and huge skills gaps despite widespread unemployment

15 June 2011

Employers are being inundated with unsuitable candidates, struggling to fill vacancies, and talented individuals are staying put, concluding that the grass is greener on their own side of the fence in these volatile economic times. These are the top line findings from the annual Chartered Institute...

Germany - Economic boom drives up sick leave

15 June 2011

The average German worker took -8.5 days off work in 2010 due to sick leave, according to statistics published by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB). This is the highest number of days since 2002.

During the post-reunification boom in the early 1990s, more than 5% of German employees took...

Netherlands – GDP growth to average +2% for next couple of years

15 June 2011

Over the next few years the growth rate of the Dutch economy is expected to remain subdued, with GDP growth stabilising at around 2% annually, according to the new half-yearly forecast by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).
Due to a positive spike in the first quarter, the economic outlook for this...

Netherlands – Employment agency revenues up +3% y-o-y

14 June 2011

In weeks 17 to 20 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +2% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew by +3%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Association of Temporary Employment...

UK - IDOX's recruitment increases gross margin by +18%

14 June 2011

Revenues were up by +21% from 15 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 18.1 million Pounds in H1 2011 at IDOX Plc (IDOX:LSE), the provider of software, information & consultancy and recruitment services to the UK public sector and major corporates.

Interim results for the six month ended 30 April 2011 reveal...

World - Hiring uncertainty fades as Q3 outlook improves y-o-y

14 June 2011

Year-on-year hiring outlooks improved modestly across major countries with German employers reporting their most optimistic hiring expectations since the downturn, according to the latest third quarter 'Manpower Employment Outlook Survey', released today by staffing agency ManpowerGroup.

Although overall...

Europe - Online recruitment up +21% y-o-y

14 June 2011

The latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published today by job board Monster Worldwide Inc, shows +21% year-on-year growth in May 2011.

Germany continues to lead all countries in annual growth for the sixth consecutive month. Industrial sectors like production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair,...