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Europe - First two companies sign Women on the Board Pledge

5 May 2011

European Union (EU) Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has announced the first two companies which have signed up to the 'Women on the Board Pledge for Europe', committing to improve the gender balance in boardrooms. Guerlain, the perfumes and cosmetics firm, and FES Consulting Empresarial, the Spanish...

UK - Drive Hire's EBIT up +45%

4 May 2011

Revenues were up by +22% from 57.4 million Pounds in 2010 to 70 million Pounds in 2011 at Driver Hire, the privately-owned specialist transport and logistics staffing and training firm.

Annual results for the year ended 31 March 2011 reveal that EBIT grew by +45% in 2011 when compared with the previous...

Spain - Unemployment rises to almost 21.3%

4 May 2011

Employment in the first quarter of 2011 registers a decrease of -256,500 persons, reaching a total of 18,151,700 employed persons. The inter-annual employment variation rate stands at -1.32%, according to the latest survey among the economically active population, carried out by the National Institute...

World - Job creation increase at historic high

4 May 2011

April saw growth of the global manufacturing sector cool further from the booming rates of expansion seen at the start of the year.

At 55.0 in April, the Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), published by JPMorgan and research firm Markit fell for the second successive month to its lowest...

Germany - 65% of companies welcome labour market opening

4 May 2011

65% of German companies believe that the opening of the German labour market on 1 May 2011 to workers from the new Eastern European member states of the European Union (EU) is a positive thing, according to new research carried out by staffing agency Olympia (part of Otto Work Force).

All workers from...

UK - Energy staffing market getting hungrier

4 May 2011

Recruitment activity in the oil and gas industry, for both recruiters and candidates, is the most active since as far back as early 2009, according to recent findings by niche job board OilCareers.com.

Statistics taken from OilCareers.com's monthly website analytics recorded that the site received a record...

Ireland - Government must take decisive steps to tackle unemployment, say IBEC

4 May 2011

The Irish Business and Employer Confederation (IBEC), has called on government to take radical and decisive steps to tackle unemployment and boost confidence. In a submission to government in advance of its upcoming 'jobs initiative', the group called for major reform of state employment services and...

World - 38% of companies check social media on potential employees

4 May 2011

38% of technology companies check out potential employees' profiles on social media sites such as Facebook, according to an international survey by Eurocom Worldwide, the global PR network, and its member agencies around the globe.

The survey found that 38% of technology firms examine social media profiles...

Europe - Commission launches Youth@Work action

4 May 2011

One in five young Europeans cannot find a job. To tackle the problem, the European Commission has launched Youth@Work, a new action that links business and young people.

Youth@Work will build contacts between young people and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), to encourage demand among SME employers...

Switzerland - Economy at a high level

3 May 2011

In April 2011, the Economic Barometer rose to 2.29. It shows a slight increase from an already high level, according to the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF).
The growth of the Swiss economy should proceed dynamically.
The KOF Economic Barometer rose by +0.04 points relative to March 2011 (2.25, revised...