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Italy — Temporary employment up by +14% from its lowest point in 2009

20 July 2010

According to the latest data published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, the seasonally adjusted amount of money paid to temporary employees was up by +7% in May 2010 compared to May 2009. Month-on-month, the amount o...


UK — Manufacturers see strong output but pace of growth expected to slow

20 July 2010

The manufacturing sector saw output rise at the fastest rate in 15 years in the three months to July, as demand for UK-made goods continued to strengthen and firms rebuilt their stocks, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said today. But the UK's leading business group said that the pace...


Spain — Government publishes list of labour shortages

20 July 2010

The latest catalogue of Labour Shortages by sector and by region (Catalogo de Ocupaciones de Dificil Cobertura) published by the public employment service (Sepe, previously known as Inem), reveals that despite the high unemployment levels of nearly 20%, there are enormous shortages in the labour...


France — Umbrella companies agreement presented to government for legalisation

20 July 2010

The Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme) has yesterday presented an agreement on the future regulation of Umbrella companies signed by four unions out of five (CFDT, CGT, CFE-CGC and CFTC) to the Ministry for Labour for legal approval. Force Ouvrière, th...


Europe — 6.4 billion Euro R&D investment expected to create 165,000 new jobs

20 July 2010

Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced nearly 6.4 billion Euro of European Commission investment in research and innovation, up +12% in comparison to 2010 (5.7 billion Euro) and up by +30% in comparison to 2009 (4.9 billion Euro). The package, the biggest ever, covers a vast range of sc...


Spain — Agett campaigns on behalf of young unemployed

19 July 2010

The Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), has appealed to the government to allow temporary employment agencies to place young unemployed in internships and apprenticeships in order to enable them to enter the labour market, El Economista reports. The association highligh...


Germany — Reduced working hours out, temporary employment in

19 July 2010

German companies are increasingly converting their 'reduced working hours schemes' back into full-time permanent work. At the same time, the demand for temporary employment is rising. Walter Huber, Head of Personnel Germany at electrical engineering giant Siemens, told German daily Die Welt "we...


UK — Scottish labour market remains tough

19 July 2010

According to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, a strong rise in the number of candidates seeking long and short-term employment in Scotland led to a mild deterioration in overall labour market conditions in June. Nevertheless, employment and demand for staff continued to rise during the...


Italy — Only 4% of Italians would work abroad

19 July 2010

According to the latest Eurobarometer on Geographical Mobility published by the European Commission, Italians are the least likely of all Europeans to look for work abroad. Only 4% of Italians consider working abroad compared to 51% of Danes, 38% of Estonians and 37% of Swedes. A spokesman for s...


UK — SThree lower headcount inhibits profitability

19 July 2010

SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the international specialist staffing firm, has today announced interim results for the six months ended 30 May 2010. Revenues were down by -21% from 280.6 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 221.7 million Pounds to H1 2010. Gross profit fell by -20.3% from 93.3 million Pounds...