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Eurozone – GDP set to rebound in Q1 2011

25 March 2011

At 57.5 in March 2011, the 'Flash Eurozone Composite Output Index', published by research firm Markit, signalled an expansion in economic activity for the twentieth consecutive month. The rate of growth was the second-fastest since July 2007 and only slightly less marked than February's four-and-...


UK – Smith succeeds Masters as REC Chair

25 March 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation Council (REC) has appointed Neil Smith, the Managing Director of Kinetic Plc, as the REC's next Chairman.   Kinetic Plc is a mid-size agency who employ over 60 people and which operates out of Manchester and across the North of England. They spec...


UK – Jarvis is latest casualty at HCL

25 March 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm has registered another casualty of the alleged 'accounting irregularities', which were announced in January.At the time, the company suspended its Executive Vice-Chairman, Kate Bleasdale, Finance Dire...


UK – New Financial Director at Kellan Group

25 March 2011

The board of directors of the Kellan Group Plc (KLN:LSE), the IT, accountancy, hospitality, leisure and professional services recruitment group, has announced that the group's CFO, John Melbourne, has decided to step down from the board and will leave the business to pursue other opportunities wi...


UK – Chancellor unveils 'Budget for Growth'

24 March 2011

The Budget announced by Chancellor (Finance Minister), George Osborne yesterday aimed to provide some stimulus to the economy by encouraging private sector growth. However, at a time when Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecasts are being upgraded elsewhere in Europe, the Chancellor revised his 201...


Italy – Agency temporary employment up +12.7% in 2010

24 March 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +12.7% in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to the latest analysis published today by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).The increase follows the strong year-on-year decline in age...


France – Business climate back at 2007 levels

24 March 2011

The business climate has improved noticeably in March 2011. The latest 'Business Climate Index' based on interviews with heads of manufacturing firms, published today by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE), was up by +3 points to reach its highest level since the en...


Germany – Japanese crisis reaches labour market

24 March 2011

Fears that the Japanese earthquake disaster could have serious implications for German manufacturing are beginning to manifest themselves.The positive forecasts published yesterday by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB), did also point out that the earthquake poses a threat to the cont...


Sweden – Employers want education to become more relevant to the jobs market

24 March 2011

Only 60% of young Swedes who graduated in 2010 have found a qualified job by now. 22% are working in positions for which they are overqualified. The remainder are either still studying for higher degrees or are unemployed.These are the findings of the latest Higher Education Survey, published by...


Netherlands – Employers prefer traditional applications to online profiles

24 March 2011

New research carried out by research firm Heliview on behalf of staffing agency Office Team (part of Robert Half), reveals that 56% of Dutch managers prefer a traditional cover letter and CV to an online profile on Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter.Only 6% of Dutch managers prefer to receive a link t...