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Europe — Manpower Chairman co-chairs World Economic Forum

10 May 2010

The World Economic Forum on Europe will take place today and tomorrow in Brussels, bringing together over 400 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society from over 40 countries. The meeting will be held under the theme 'Renewed Leadership, New Vision'. It is the first time that...


Europe — European written-off debt equivalent to the national debt of Greece

10 May 2010

The latest European Payment Index based on research carried out among 6,000 companies in 25 European countries to be released tomorrow by credit management services group Intrum Justitia of Sweden reveals that European written off debt, i.e. monies owed to a business in the region but never paid,...


Europe — Employment in agriculture down by -25% between 2000 and 2009

10 May 2010

The latest long-term analysis published by the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat) reveals that employment in the agricultural sector of the European Union (EU27) decreased by -25%between 2000 and 2009, the equivalent of -3.7 million full-time jobs. It fell by -17% in the older me...


World — ILO calls for re-energised global action to end child labour

10 May 2010

A new report entitled 'Accelerating Action against Child Labour' has been published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the eve of the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague today and tomorrow. In its quadrennial report, the ILO said that the global number of child labourers h...


France — Workers without official papers continue to cause mayhem

10 May 2010

The head-offices of staffing agency Randstad France were invaded and besieged by more than 100 temporary employees without official papers on Friday in an attempt to force management to finally prepare the necessary documentation required for the issuance of work and residence permits, Le Figaro...


Netherlands — Brunel revenues down by -9% but has hopes for energy division

7 May 2010

Brunel International NV (BRNL:AEX), the Netherlands-based provider of flexible specialist staffing services, has published preliminary results for the first quarter of 2010 ended 31 March. Revenues were down by -9% from 183.7 million Euro in Q1 2009 to 167.0 million Euro in Q1 2010. Gross profit...


Europe — European recovery prompts EU to upwardly revise GDP forecast

7 May 2010

The Spring Forecast 2010 published by the Commission of the European Union (EU), confirms that the economic recovery is in progress in the EU. After having experienced the deepest recession in its history, the EU economy is set to grow by +1% in 2010 and +1.75% in 2011. This implies an upward rev...


Spain — 93.2% would improve their qualifications if faced with unemployment

7 May 2010

New research carried out by Adecco Training (Spain) among 500 employees reveals that 93.2% of interviewees would undergo professional training should they lose their jobs. 36.6% would go for specific professional training, 26% would either learn a new language or improve their current language c...


Ireland — Positive signs for the recruitment sector as Irish economy recovers

7 May 2010

The quarterly Online Jobs Index* for Q1 2010, published by job board IrishJobs.ie, reveals a healthy increase of +9% in jobs advertised online in Ireland as compared to Q4 2009. Out of the 28 job sectors monitored, 18 reflected a positive change since Q4 2009, a signal that the Irish economy cont...


Switzerland — Unemployment falls to 4% in April 2010

7 May 2010

According to the latest statistics published by the State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO), the number of job seekers registered with the official job centres (OAP), has fallen by -7,462 individuals to 158,570 in April 2010. Compared to April 2009, unemployment has risen by +21,861 job seekers...