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UK — Employees penalised for ash cloud delays

21 May 2010

43% of employees, affected by the ash cloud travel restrictions, saw their pay docked or their annual leave entitlement diminish last month, according to a survey commissioned by recruiters, Badenoch & Clark. 24% of employers allowed their staff to work remotely, whilst 32% were generous enough...


World — Dan Rees named new Director of Better Work

21 May 2010

Better Work, a partnership of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has announced that ILO Director-General Juan Somavia has selected corporate social responsibility expert Dan Rees of the United Kingdom as its new Director. Mr. Rees will ass...


France — Number of long-term temporary employees rises slightly

21 May 2010

New research carried out by market research firm (BVA) on behalf of the Association of Temporary Employers (Prisme) reveals that in 2010 only 66% of temporary employees who got their jobs one year ago are still in employment today. This compares to 75% in the previous year. Prisme explain in a s...


Netherlands — Unemployment at 5.9%

21 May 2010

The latest data published today by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) shows that seasonally adjusted unemployment fell by -9,000 to 437,000 persons during the three months from February to April 2010. This is the first quarterly fall in unemployment since the Summer 2008. During the period f...


Europe — Best Workplaces grew their revenues by +15% in the recession

21 May 2010

The US-based research and management consultancy Great Place to Work Institute Inc, has published the 2010 UK's Best Workplaces report. As well as featuring the UK and European Best Workplaces rankings, the publication covers the findings of what has become the largest study of workplace excellen...


Germany — Q1 2010 GDP rise confirmed, Q4 2009 corrected upwards

21 May 2010

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) already in its first release of 12 May 2010, the gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2010 rose 0.2% on the previous quarter, upon price, seasonal and calendar adjustment. At the same time, the result for the fourth quarter...


France — First signs of improvement on the salary front

21 May 2010

The latest 'Manager Salary Barometer' published by staffing firm Expectra (part of Randstad) reveals that the economic crisis has had a clear impact on managers' salaries, which fell by -1.6% in 2009 and by -1.9% in 2010. Expectra Managing Director, Hugues Pariot, said "2009 and 2010 have seen p...


UK — CBI calls for public sector reform

20 May 2010

Employer organisation Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for an immediate freeze in the public sector pay bill for two years and re-engineering of public services to help get the public finances under control. This needs to go hand-in-hand with measures to allow businesses to fost...


UK — Tribal hopes to benefit from Public Sector reforms

20 May 2010

Tribal Group Plc (TRB:LSE), the provider of public sector services, has issued an update on trading, covering the period from 1 January 2010 to date. The group says in a statement "trading in the early months of the year has been as anticipated. Revenue for the four months to 30 April 2010 was...


Belgium — Economic growth better than expected but unemployment still rising

20 May 2010

A new report published by the Federal Planning Bureau (BFP) estimates that the Belgian economy will grow by +1.4% in 2010. This figure compares to the less optimistic forecasts of +1% by the Bank of Belgium, +1.3% by the European Union and +1.2% by the International Monetary Fund. BFP forecasts...