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UK — Minister wants more women in the board room

8 March 2010

The Equality Minister Harriet Harman wants businesses to be ordered to disclose what they are doing to improve gender equality in senior management, the Daily Telegraph reports. Her move, which is backed by Prime Minister Brown comes on top of the controversial 'Equality Bill', which allows empl...


Europe — Flexible working arrangements widespread across Europe

8 March 2010

  The latest European Company Survey carried out among 27,000 public and private companies across Europe by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) maps out work practices considered to be important elements of contractual and functional flexibili...


Switzerland — Unemployment falls to 4.4% in February 2010

8 March 2010

  According to the latest data published today by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), there were 173,000 unemployed individuals registered with the local job centres (RAV) at the end of February 2010, which equates to an unemployment rate of 4.4%. The unemployment rate was down f...


Europe — Flexible working arrangements widespread across Europe

8 March 2010

The latest European Company Survey carried out among 27,000 public and private companies across Europe by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) maps out work practices considered to be important elements of contractual and functional flexibility...


Ireland — Bank forces closure on staffing agency

8 March 2010

Sales Placement Ltd, one of Ireland's oldest staffing companies founded in 1973, is to be wound up after 38 years in business, the Irish Times reports. The staffing firm, which specialises in the recruitment of sales and marketing professionals, was bought by its current Managing Director Liz Le...


UK — SThree grows sales team following signs of improvement in Q1 2010

8 March 2010

SThree Plc (STHR:LSE), the permanent and temporary staffing group, has today released an interim management statement covering the quarter ended 28 February 2010. Gross profits were down by -27% from 49.5 million Pounds in Q1 2009 to 36 million Pounds in Q1 2010. UK gross profits fell by -36% wh...


UK — Supermarket pioneers equal pay for temporary workers as AWD looms

5 March 2010

  Asda, Britain's second largest supermarket chain owned by US giant Walmart, has struck a deal with the Unite union to pay temporary workers at the same levels as permanent workers, The Times reports. The move comes before the European Union's so-called Agency Workers' Directive (AWD) takes ef...


UK — Supermarket pioneers equal pay for temporary workers as AWD looms

5 March 2010

Asda, Britain's second largest supermarket chain owned by US giant Walmart, has struck a deal with the Unite union to pay temporary workers at the same levels as permanent workers, The Times reports. The move comes before the European Union's so-called Agency Workers' Directive (AWD) takes effec...


UK — Michael Page seeing recovery in several markets

5 March 2010

  Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment company, announces full year results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Revenues were down by -26% from 972.8 million Pounds in 2008 to 716.6 million Pounds in 2009. On a constant currency basis revenues were...


UK — Michael Page seeing recovery in several markets

5 March 2010

Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE), the specialist professional recruitment company, announces full year results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Revenues were down by -26% from 972.8 million Pounds in 2008 to 716.6 million Pounds in 2009. On a constant currency basis revenues were dow...