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Spain — Government announces -87% reduction in new public sector jobs

1 April 2010

Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa de la Vega has announced that the number of new public sector job offers (OEP) for 2010 will be reduced by -87% from 15,084 new job offers in 2009 to only 1,989 this year, Spanish daily Expansion reports. The reduction in new public sector jobs is part of the g...


Italy — Unemployment in February 2010 estimated at 8.5%

1 April 2010

The Italian Institute for Statistics (Istat) has published its latest estimates of employment and unemployment for the month of February 2010 based on a sample of 48,000 individuals in the country. Seasonally adjusted employment figures are estimated to have reached 22,806,000 in February, down...


UK — RTC Group slips into losses

1 April 2010

RTC Group Plc (RTC:LSE), the recruitment, training and conference services provider, today announces preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009. The Group has incurred an operating loss before exceptional items of 1,740,000 Pounds compared to an operating profit of 533,000 Pounds in...


Europe — Euro area inflation in March 2010 estimated at 1.5%

1 April 2010

According to the latest estimates published by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), annual inflation in the 16 countries which share the Euro as a common currency (EA16) is expected to have reached 1.5% in March 2010. It was 0.9% in February 2010. Euro area inflation is measu...


France — Temporary employment rises by +5% in Q4 2009

31 March 2010

The latest statistics on the temporary employment sector published today by the government's official job centres (Pole Emploi) reveal that temporary employment in the fourth quarter of 2009 was up by +5% or 23,500 temporary employees to 493,600 compared to the previous quarter. After stabilisin...


Germany — Job index up for the eighth consecutive month

31 March 2010

The latest job index for March 2010 (Stellenindex) published by the Federal Agency for Labour (BA) shows an increase in demand for the eighth month in a row. The monthly index is up by +5 points from 133 in February 2010 to 138 in March 2010. Compared to March 2009 the index is up by four points...


Germany — StepStone sells StepStone Solutions to private equity firm

31 March 2010

HgCapital, the European sector focused private equity investor, has agreed the acquisition of StepStone Solutions, the Talent Management solutions division of StepStone ASA. The acquisition will be completed together with the current management team, led by Group Managing Director, Matthew Parker...


Europe — Euro area unemployment rate at 10%, EU27 at 9.6%

31 March 2010

According to the latest data published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the 16 countries, which share the Euro as common currency (EA16) was 10.0% in February 2010, compared with 9.9% in January. It was 8.8% in February...


Netherlands — Young workers would rather work for longer than have their pensions cut

30 March 2010

A new survey among 550 employees in The Netherlands with an average age of 32 carried out by staffing agency Unique (part of USG People) reveals that young Dutch workers would rather continue to work after the current retirement age than have their pensions reduced. When asked what they would pr...


Europe — SMEs urge EU leaders to re-think the flexicurity concept

30 March 2010

European social partners have joined forces to deliver their labour market vision to EU leaders, in particular the need for revised goals for flexicurity. The Tripartite Social Summit, comprising employers, trade unions and SME associations, stressed that at a time of crisis finding effective an...