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UK — Public sector cuts cast shadow over jobs market

14 July 2010

The monthly JobsOutlook survey due to be published later this week by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) highlights the first signs of increased uncertainty in employers' hiring intentions following the announcement of the coalition government's austerity drive. The easing in con...


UK — Britain could face at least half a decade of serious jobs deficit

14 July 2010

A report today from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) concludes that economic growth in the next few years has only to be slightly weaker than the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) current central forecast for the jobs outlook to look a lot worse than the coalitio...


Iceland — Unemployment expected to fall below 7.6% in July 2010

14 July 2010

The latest Labour News published by the Directorate of Labour (Vinnumala Stofnun) shows that the unemployment rate in Iceland* in June 2010 was 7.6% or 12,988, down from 8.3% in May 2010 and -887 fewer unemployed than in May 2010. Compared to June 2009 it was down by -1,103 individuals. Unemploy...


UK — Unemployment falls to 7.8% but long-term unemployment rises

14 July 2010

The employment rate for the three months to May 2010 was 72.3%, up +0.3 on the quarter. The number of people in employment increased by +160,000 on the quarter to reach 28.98 million. The quarterly increase in total employment was mainly driven by part-time employees, which increased by +117,000...


Norway — AWD to be implemented despite non-EU membership

14 July 2010

Whilst Norway does not wish to become a member state of the European Union (EU), the EU Agency Workers Directive is currently on trial in the country and the government plans to implement it in December 2011. To this effect, the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion has commissioned research f...


Spain — Unemployment falls by -84,000 in June 2010

14 July 2010

According to the latest Labour Market Monitor published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) and international financial analysts AFI, hiring rose by +1.8%, year-on-year in June 2010 to 1.3 million new contracts. The increase in hiring is entirely due to temporary em...


UK — InterQuest net fee income up by +14 in H1 2010

14 July 2010

InterQuest Group Plc (ITQ:LSE), the IT staffing specialist, has issued a trading update for the six months ended 30 June 2010 (H1 2010). Net fee income in H1 2010 was up by +14% on last year following a continued strengthening of trading in the first and second quarters. Net fee income in Q2 2...


OECD countries — Unemployment rate edges down slightly to 8.6% in May

13 July 2010

New data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) shows that the unemployment rate for the OECD area fell slightly to 8.6% in May 2010 from 8.7% in April. The general pattern of broad stability continues across most OECD countries but the June 2010 rates for...


Belgium — The economic crisis has reduced job satisfaction and motivation

13 July 2010

New research, carried out by Human Resources services provider SD Worx among 5,000 Belgian workers, reveals that the economic crisis has had a negative effect on job satisfaction in Belgium. Many employees feel that pressure at work and their workload have increased but pay has not. 33% would li...


Germany — Equal pay for equal work for temporary employees

13 July 2010

After the unfruitful coalition meeting last Monday between the Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) and the Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle (Free Democrat) on the introduction of a minimum salary for temporary employees...