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Eastern Europe — 71% of Russian companies intend to hire staff in Q3 2010

23 July 2010

A new survey conducted by recruitment firm Antal Russia (part of the FiveTen Group), reveals that 71% of companies in Russia intend to employ more staff in Q3 2010 compared to 64% in Switzerland, 59% in the UK and 51% in Germany. After the drastic firing spree of 2008 and 2009 when some Russian...


UK — Workers still feel in grip of the economic downturn, especially in the public sector

23 July 2010

Worsening standards of living, falling job satisfaction, and high levels of job insecurity suggest that any continued move out of recession, signalled by today's GDP figures, has yet to filter through to the workplace. This is the message from a survey of 2,000 employees by the Chartered Institu...


Netherlands — Randstad to sell French subsidiary Selpro

23 July 2010

Randstad Holding nv has agreed to sell its French subsidiary Selpro to Activa Capital, a French mid market private equity company, in association with the management team. Selpro, a staffing company with 42 branches and operating through four brands, primarily targeting small and medium-sized e...


Ireland — Professional job opportunities rise by +38% y-on-y in June 2010

23 July 2010

New professional job opportunities in June 2010 rose +38% y-on-y from 4,117 in June 2009 to 5,669 in June 2010, but were down -7% from 6,124 in May 2010 according to the Irish Employment Monitor published by recruitment consultancy Premier Group. While the number of new available jobs has increa...


UK — Workers struggle to escape the office during their holidays

23 July 2010

Workers are finding it increasingly difficult to escape the office during their summer breaks, according to research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). The study found that over a third of managers work while on annual leave, while 40% return to the office more stressed than be...


UK — GDP increases by +1.1% in Q2 2010

23 July 2010

The chained volume measure of gross domestic product (GDP) increased +1.1% in the second quarter of 2010. The increase in output was due mainly to increases in business services, finance and construction. The production industries increased by +1.0% compared with an increase of +1.0% in the pre...


Denmark — Size of public sector inhibits growth in the economy

23 July 2010

New analysis published by the Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv), shows that the public sector is now so big and takes up such a large share of employment that it is has become an impediment to future growth and prosperity in Denmark. Christian T. Ingemann, Manager at Dansk Erhverv, said...


UK — Parity issues profit warning

23 July 2010

Parity Group Plc. (PTY:LSE), the UK-focused IT recruitment (resources) and consulting (solutions) firm, yesterday lunchtime published a trading update following Board changes in June 2010. "Revenues and profits in the fixed-price projects area of Solutions have declined significantly resulting i...


Netherlands — USG People signals imminent turnaround in Dutch market

23 July 2010

USG People N.V. (USG.AEX), the staffing, secondment and HR services group, has today published second quarter and half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2010. All figures are underlying results excluding one-off effects. Q2 revenues were up by +3% from 722 million Euro in 2009 to 7...


Germany — Atypical employment decreases in crisis year of 2009

22 July 2010

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of atypically employed persons was down by -130,000 to 7.6 million in 2009 compared with 2008.   Atypical forms of employment, as distinguished from normal employment, include fixed-term and minor employment, part-time work of...