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Belgium — Blue collar temporary employment up by +20% year-on-year

26 May 2010

According to the latest monthly update on developments in the temporary employment sector published by the Belgian Federation for Employment (Federgon), the number of hours worked by temporary employees in April 2010 was up by +2.27% compared to the previous month. Month-on-month the number of h...


Spain — Improved profitability at Eulen despite board room drama

25 May 2010

Privately owned multi-services company, Eulen Group yesterday announced a +23% increase in consolidated net profits to 27 million Euro in 2009 compared to 2008.   The growth in profits is entirely due to efficiency improvements in the operational business since revenue levels have hardly changed...


Belgium — 70% of students use temporary employment agencies

25 May 2010

A new report published by the Belgian Federation for Employment (Federgon), entitled 'How the Young see the Labour Market and the Role of Temporary Employment' based on research among 1,001 graduates aged 18 to 26, reveals that the internet is the most popular channel for trying to find work. Mor...


Sweden — Unemployment unexpectedly reaches 9.8% in April 2010

25 May 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey for April 2010 published by Statistics Sweden (SCB), reveals that the number of unemployed unexpectedly increased by +80,000, of whom 54,000 were women. The unemployment rate equalled 9.8% of the labour force, not seasonally adjusted, and 9.3% according to seasonall...


Finland — Unemployment rate up to 9.3% in April 2010

25 May 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), there were +15,000 more persons unemployed in April 2010 than in April 2009. The unemployment rate grew by +0.6 percentage points to 9.3% from one year ago. The number of employed persons decreased by -15...


Portugal — Multipessoal revenues up by +9%

25 May 2010

Staffing agency firm Grupo Multipessoal, which is owned by Grupo Espirito Santo, reports a +9% increase in revenues to 14.3 million Euro for the first three months of 2010 compared to the same quarter last year. Revenues generated by temporary employment services were up by +12% whilst outsourci...


Europe — Public spending cuts all round

25 May 2010

Governments across the European Union (EU) are tightening their countries' belts in order to avoid being downgraded to Greece's level of credibility to the financial markets. Britain's new coalition government yesterday announced plans to save 6.2 billion Pounds (7.6 billion Euro) in the current...


Italy — Q4 2009 temporary employment up on Q3 but down year-on-year

25 May 2010

According to new analysis* published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, there were -22.3% less temporary employees in the fourth quarter of 2009 in the country than there were in the same quarter of 2008.   The total n...


UK — IT contractors back in demand as long term unemployment falls by -33%

24 May 2010

According to umbrella company and contractor services provider Giant Group Plc, the number of IT contractors who were out of work for three months or more fell by -33% in Q1 2010. Six months ago, one in ten (10.1%) of IT contractors had been out of work for three months or more, compared to just...


UK — Morson group founder confident in spite of challenging market

24 May 2010

Morson Group (MRN:LSE) Chairman and Founder Gerry Mason has said that trading conditions in the technical recruitment market remain "challenging", but added that the firm is managing to trade in line with directors' expectations, Crain's Manchester Business reports. Mason will tell shareholders...