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Switzerland — Labour market recovers faster than expected

21 June 2010

The latest economic forecast for Summer 2010 published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) predicts that the Swiss economy is set to grow by +1.8% this year. The pillars of growth are private consumption and foreign trade. For 2011, KOF is expecting slightly weaker GDP growth of +1.6% on accou...


UK — Scottish labour market continues to improve in May 2010

21 June 2010

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs published today highlights ongoing recovery in the Scottish labour market in May. Appointments in both the permanent and temporary sectors increased, while the number of vacancies available to job seekers also rose markedly. There was nevertheless evide...


France — Minimum salary rises faster than consumer price index

21 June 2010

The report on Labour Market Activity and Conditions in the first quarter of 2010 published on behalf of the government by DARES, reveals that in companies with more than nine employees, excluding the agricultural and public sector, 84% of employees worked full-time (35.6 hours per week) in the fi...


Germany — Business weekly calls for the exclusion of in-house temporary employment agencies

21 June 2010

At its annual conference last week the German Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) demonstrated both great self confidence and a lingering insecurity, German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reports. The confidence is based on the strong growth rate temporary employment is experien...


Portugal — Temporary employment up by +25% in 2009 but revenues rise more slowly

18 June 2010

The number of temporary employees hired via staffing agencies grew by +25% in 2009, a year marked by an overall increase in unemployment. According to data from the Association of Private Employment Agencies (APESPE) there were 150,000 temporary employees in Portugal in 2009. This compares to 12...


UK — Staffline results boosted by new business wins and acquisitions

18 June 2010

Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services group has today announced that a number of new business wins and recent acquisitions combined with increased demand from existing clients have boosted the company's performance. Andy Hogarth, Staffline's Chairman and Chie...


Greece — Q1 2010 unemployment rate reaches 11.7%

18 June 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in Q1 2010 was 11.7%, up from 9.3% in the same period of 2009. During Q1 2010, the percentage of the labour force was 53.9% of the population aged 15 years and over. The female unem...


Germany — Minister presents proposals for temporary employment reforms

18 June 2010

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, has presented a 'discussion paper' in order to initiate negotiations about labour market reforms for temporary employment, German daily Suedwest Presse reports today. The minister wants to introduce a legally binding minimum salary for...


Portugal — 69.6% of employed professionals would work abroad

18 June 2010

The latest salary guide based on interviews with 3,800 professionals published by staffing group Hays Portugal reveals that 84.6% of interviewees who are currently employed would take up a job in another part of Portugal and 69.6% would work abroad. Out of those professionals who are not current...


Germany — DIHK talks of job miracle

18 June 2010

The German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) expect a -90% reduction in reduced working hours schemes (Kurzarbeit) by the end of 2010. DIHK representative Volker Treier told German daily Bild "by the end of the year there should be no more than 100,000 employees on reduced working hours sc...