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UK - Private sector pay up +3% while public sector pay stagnates

2 June 2011

A clear gap has emerged between the level of pay awards in the public and private sectors, according to the latest analysis of pay settlements from remuneration data collector IDSPay.co.uk. The median pay award for the private sector in the three months to the end of April is 3%, while in the public...

UK – 1.7% of households have never worked in their lives

2 June 2011

The number of households in which no one had ever worked almost doubled from 184,000 in the second quarter of 1997 to 352,000 in the second quarter of 2010, according to figures highlighted in the latest Social Trends chapter describing the UK labour market, published today by the Office for National...

Spain - Unemployment falls by -1.87%

2 June 2011

Unemployment fell by -1.87% or by -79,701 individuals to 4,189,659 in May 2011 when compared with April 2011. This was the second highest improvement in the Spanish labour market in a month of May since 1997 according to the latest data from the Ministry of Employment (MTIN) published today.


World - Manufacturing sector cools further in May

2 June 2011

The Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), published by research firm Markit on behalf of JPMorgan, fell for the third month running to reach its lowest level since September 2010. At 52.9 in May 2011 the headline index remained above the neutral 50.0 mark for the twenty-third successive...

OECD Countries - GDP growth steady at +0.5%

2 June 2011

Gross domestic product (GDP) in the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) continued to grow at a rate of +0.5% in the first quarter of 2011 despite a continued contraction in Japan and slower growth in the United States as growth in most major European...

World - 73% of senior executives consider new job opportunities but don't expect a promotion

2 June 2011

73% of employed senior executives are actively seeking new job opportunities this year, but the majority expects it to be a lateral move, according to the latest Executive Mobility Report published by online career management service provider BlueSteps (an exclusive service of the Association of Executive...

Europe - EU agreement a boost for smaller staffing agencies

2 June 2011

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed news of an agreement by European Union (EU) business ministers to reduce the amount of red tape facing small companies.
Under the proposals, small businesses classed within a new category of 'micro-entities' would be exempted...

Germany - Unemployment falls to 7%

1 June 2011

Unemployment fell by -0.3%age points or by -118,000 individuals to 2.96 million in May 2011 when compared with April 2011. Year-on-year, unemployment fell by -276,000, according to the latest data published by the Federal Labour Agency (BA).

This takes the number of unemployed below the psychological...

France - Unemployment falls slightly to 9.2%

1 June 2011

Unemployment fell by -0.1% from 9.3% in Q4 2010 to 9.2% or 2.6 million individuals in Q1 2011, according to the latest data published today by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Research (Insee).

The unemployment rate in France and the country's overseas dominions reached 9.7% in Q1 2011....

Ireland - Arithon acquires tempsheets.com

1 June 2011

Privately-owned recruitment software provider Arithon has acquired online timesheet software company tempsheets.com for an undisclosed sum.

Roderick Smyth, CEO of Arithon, commented "after an exhaustive search for a comprehensive online timesheet software system we were excited to find a product...