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UK — Q4 unemployment unchanged at 7.8%

17 February 2010

  The latest Labour Market Report for the period from October to December 2009 published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the employment rate during the period was 72.4%, down by -0.1% on the quarter. The number of people in employment fell by -12,000 on the quarter t...


UK — 2010 will see a 'jobs light, pay tight' recovery

17 February 2010

  The latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey of over 700 employers published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and KPMG, reveals that more redundancies and a substantial fall in employment intentions in the public sector mark a difficult quarter for the jobs m...


Germany — Chemical giant Bayer sells in-house staffing agency

16 February 2010

In the wake of the so-called Schlecker scandal, when Europe's largest drugstore chain hired staff from an in-house temporary staffing agency in order to undercut sector negotiated minimum wages, the chemical giant Bayer has decided to sell its in-house staffing agency Job@ctive GmbH to staffing a...


Finland — Unemployment reaches 8.2%

16 February 2010

According to the Labour Force Survey for 2009, published by Statistics Finland (Stat) the employment rate in the Nordic country with a total population of 5.4 million, which had been rising for the four previous years, fell in 2009. The rate fell by 2.3 percentage points from the previous year an...


Europe — CareerBuilder network Europe saw 8% increase in traffic in 2009

16 February 2010

CareerBuilder, the online job portal owned by Gannett Co. Inc, Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company and Microsoft, announced today that it saw an 8% increase in CareerBuilder Network European traffic in 2009 over 2008, according to comScore Media Metrix. The record increased traffic is not onl...


Finland — Marja Pylkkanen appointed managing director of Monster Oy

16 February 2010

35 year old Marja Pylkkanen has been appointed Managing Director of Monster Oy, the online recruitment portal of international Monster as of 1 March 2010. She has worked at Monster Oy and its predecessor www.Jobline.fi for nearly ten years, lately as Product and Development Director.   Pylkkane...


Belgium — Kris Matthijs appointed new general director of T-Groep

16 February 2010

Kris Matthijs has been appointed new General Director of temporary staffing and HR consultancy group T-Groep Belgium. Matthijs joins T-Groep from Swiss staffing group Adecco where he worked for eight years. Before that he worked for five years for Dutch staffing group Randstad. T-Groep says in...


Switzerland — Unions want minimum salaries in order to avoid a fiasco

15 February 2010

Unions in the small land-locked country, which is surrounded by much larger economies with lower wage levels, are concerned that if the government does not do anything about controlling the salary levels of cross-border workers there will be social unrest, Le Nouvelliste reports. According to th...


Spain — Government allows temporary employment agencies onto national job board

15 February 2010

The Public State Service for Employment (Servicio Publico de Empleo Estatal) has opened its official job portal www.redtrabaja.es to temporary employment agencies Start People (part of USG People) and Manpower in order to reduce unemployment in the country. Manpower currently offers 50 jobs for...


UK — Monster Index down in January

15 February 2010

The UK Monster Employment Index for January 2010 published by job board specialist Monster Worldwide Inc, shows that online recruitment fell by nine points (-8%) in January as the online recruitment activity recorded a seasonal slowdown. The arts, entertainment, sports and leisure led all sector...