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Germany — Merkel wants to close loop-holes in German labour law

22 March 2010

Federal Chancellor (Prime Minister) Angela Merkel has criticised the practice of employing staff via in-house temporary employment agencies in order to reduce their salaries considerably as "bordering on immoral", Die Zeit reports. The Chancellor said on Saturday that she would not just sit ther...


UK — Reduced customer spending is biggest hurdle for London's SMEs

19 March 2010

New research shows that access to credit and funding does not rank as one of the top problems faced by London’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). According to Business Link in London's Business Confidence Index (BCI), the single biggest hurdle is customers spending less (20%), followed...


UK — ReThink Group plc acquires Trustech Limited

19 March 2010

Manchester-based ReThink Group plc (RTG.GB:PLU), the staffing and technology consulting firm, has announced the acquisition of Trustech Limited, a London-based consultancy for an undisclosed price and the subscription of shares. The company says in a statement: "The Company announces that it has...


France — Salaries rise faster than cost of living despite recession

19 March 2010

The latest statistics for the fourth quarter of 2009 published today by the French government's official job centres (Pole Emploi) reveal that 83.9% of private sector workers in companies of more than ten employees (excluding agriculture) were full-time employees, 16.1% were on part-time arrangem...


Germany — Randstad becomes official partner of BMW Motorsport

19 March 2010

Staffing agency Randstad has teamed up with BMW Motorsport by sponsoring the long-distance motor races on the Nurnburgring in Germany, Le Mans in France and Spa in Belgium. Randstad's logo will appear on the car roofs and drivers' clothing and helmets. BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen sai...


UK — EHRC investigates anti-British job advertisement

19 March 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an investigation into a 38,000 Pounds job advertisement, which was posted by staffing agency McGregor-Boyall Associates on behalf of technology company Torry Harris on the jobsite.co.uk internet job board, The Daily Mail reports. The a...


Europe — Freedom of movement causes problems for staffing agencies

18 March 2010

The free movement of workers and respect for their employment rights are the focus of a European Union (EU) conference, which is taking place in Spain today. The aim of this event is to discuss the balance between the freedom of movement of workers, the freedom of establishment and provision of...


Netherlands — No real improvement in consumer confidence

18 March 2010

According to the latest Consumer Confidence Indicator publishes by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) today, the mood among consumers has hardly changed in March 2010. The consumer confidence indicator stands at -12, as against -13 in February. The indicator reached an extremely low level (-34) in Marc...


Sweden — Unemployment at 9.3%

18 March 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) reveals that in February 2010, 459 000 persons aged 15-74 were unemployed. This is an increase of 72 000 compared to February 2009. The increase included both men and women: 39 000 more men and 33 000 more women. The incre...


Germany — Institute forecasts a year of jobless growth

18 March 2010

According to a new report by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB), unemployment in Germany is forecast to average 3.5 million in 2010. This would be an increase of 120,000 over 2009. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to grow by 1.75% during 2010. The worst case scenario last ye...