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Benelux — Eastern European employees keep agriculture going

2 August 2010

20,000 out of the 45,000 seasonal temporary employees in agriculture in Belgium are of Eastern European origin. Fruit picking in Belgium alone employs 10,000 seasonal temporary employees from Eastern Europe. These are the latest figures from the Flemish Farmers Syndicate (Boerenbond). Broadcaste...


UK — Turnaround at Highams

2 August 2010

Revenues were down from 10.5 million Pounds in 2009 to 7.5 million Pounds in 2010 at Highams Systems Services Group Plc (HSS:LSE), the recruitment consultancy and niche provider of technology, business and professional services to the insurance and financial services sectors. Highams's prelimina...


World — Confidence in global growth prospects remains largely intact in Summer 2010

2 August 2010

The latest KPMG Global Business Outlook Survey shows that optimism at companies around the world has held steady since the last survey in February. Both manufacturers and service providers remain confident of rising activity during the next twelve months, supporting growth of revenues and profit...


UK — StepStone Solutions acquires MrTed

2 August 2010

MrTed Ltd., the privately owned provider of on-demand Talent Acquisition Solutions, today announced it is being acquired by StepStone Solutions, a global provider in Talent Management Solutions. StepStone Solutions operates in 16 countries and employs around 450 people. Jerome Ternynck, CEO and...


UK — Job demand slips back in July, but key sectors see record rise

2 August 2010

Employer demand for new UK workers slipped back one point in July compared to the previous two months, to give a Reed Job Index reading of 102. However some key job sectors bucked the trend, with demand in areas from Manufacturing to General Insurance rising to its highest level since the Index b...


Germany — Employer President speaks out for minimum salary in temporary employment

2 August 2010

The President of the Federal Association of Employers (BDA), Dieter Hundt, is lobbying for the introduction of a minimum salary for temporary employees in Germany. Germany does not have a government-imposed minimum salary. Minimum salaries are negotiated sector by sector via collective bargainin...


UK — Detox over for Britain’s workaholics as hours start to rise again

2 August 2010

The loss of nearly 1 million full-time jobs and a shift to part-time working since the start of the recession has resulted in a drop of almost 10% in the number of UK men working more than 45 hours per week. However, summer 2009 marked the low point in working time, since when the number of long-...


Spain — Savings banks revise GDP growth upwards by 0.1 percentage point

30 July 2010

The Foundation of Spanish Savings Banks (Funcas), has revised upwards its growth forecast for the Spanish economy for the year 2011 but does not have much positive news on unemployment. Funcas estimates that Growth Domestic Product (GDP), will grow by +0.6% rather than +0.5%, as forecast previou...


UK — Public sector must focus on 'people value' rather than just 'people costs' says Association

30 July 2010

Following national press coverage that criticised Dorset County Hospital NHS Trust for hiring a "temporary" boss at a reported cost of 2,557 Pounds a day, the Interim Management Association has responded by challenging common misconceptions over the use of interim managers and by highlighting the...


UK — IDOX announces increased profits and acquisition of CEMS

30 July 2010

Revenues were down by -5% from 15.7 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 15 million Pounds in H1 2010 at IDOX Plc (IDOX:LSE), the supplier of software and services to the UK public sector. Reported pre-tax profits were up by +14% from 1.9 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 2.1 million Pounds in H1 2010. Norma...