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UK – Private sector reluctant to take on ex-public sector workers

21 February 2011

The latest Barclays Corporate Job Creation Survey 2011 based on interviews with 500 executives of UK businesses of all sizes reveals that the majority of firms plan to create new jobs this year, but only if sales grow first.57% of companies said they planned to create jobs over the coming 12 mont...


Netherlands – Skilled migrants scheme under review

21 February 2011

The immigration service is to step up its checks on the salaries paid to workers under the skilled migrants scheme to make sure the system is not being abused, Immigration Minister Gerd Leers said last week.People who come to the Netherlands as highly-skilled migrants and are aged 30+ years have...


Portugal – New HSE guide for temporary employment

21 February 2011

The Association of Private Employment Agencies (Apespe) has published a new Guide on Health and Safety at Work (HSE).The guide is designed as a tool for staffing agencies and final employers to enable them to form strategies on the prevention of accidents at work.The guide is also available to te...


Germany – 91% support equal pay for equal work

18 February 2011

The negotiations between the coalition government and the main opposition party on how to deal with the opening of the labour market to temporary staffing agencies from Eastern European member states of the European Union on 1 May 2011 have become a farce.In order to prevent so-called 'wage dumpi...


UK – Transline's revenues up +43%

18 February 2011

Revenues were up by +43% from 25 million Pounds in 2009 to 44 million Pounds in 2010 at privately-owned recruitment firm Transline Resource Group, which specialises in recruiting drivers and industrial staff to temporary and permanent posts.Annual results for the financial year 2010 show that pro...


Germany – Record employment levels

18 February 2011

In the fourth quarter of 2010, the number of persons in employment whose place of residence was Germany amounted to 41.04 million, which was an increase of +422,000 people or +1.0% year-on-year, according to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). This figure reflected...


OECD Countries – GDP growth slows to +0.4%

18 February 2011

Gross domestic product (GDP) in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) area grew by +0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2010, down from the +0.6% growth recorded in the previous quarter.GDP contracted by -0.3% in Japan and by -0.5% in the United Kingdom in the fourth quarter...


UK – Overseas orders boost output growth

18 February 2011

Improving demand for UK-made goods, especially from abroad, has further boosted UK manufacturers' expectations for output growth, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said yesterday.However, manufacturing firms continue to predict a sharp rise in output prices, with expectations at their s...


World – Singapore beats London and New York

18 February 2011

Singapore has topped a survey amongst investment banking staff on which financial centre they would most like to work in, beating London, New York and Dubai reveals Astbury Marsden, the financial services recruitment firm.   27% of respondents chose Singapore as their most favoured locatio...


UK – APSCo wants to follow Dutch example

18 February 2011

Plans by the Dutch government to introduce a compulsory licensing scheme for temporary recruitment companies highlight the relevance of the national licensing debate organised by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) last year.The Dutch Labour Inspectorate investigated over 1...