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UK — Capita acquires Premier Medical Group

2 June 2010

Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services, has announced the acquisition of Premier Medical Group Ltd (PMG) for a cash consideration of 60 million Pounds on a cash-free, debt-free basis. PMG is a leading provider of medica...


Finland — Number of persons employed fixed-term decreased in 2009

1 June 2010

According to new analysis published today by Statistics Finland, the number of persons working in fixed-term employment relationships decreased in 2009 compared to the previous year. The analysis is based on Statistics Finland's annual Labour Force Survey review. The general worsening of the emp...


Germany — Employment benefits from spring recovery

1 June 2010

According to provisional results published today by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of persons in employment living in Germany amounted to 40.1 million in April 2010. Compared to April 2009, this was a decrease of -53,000 persons or -0.1%. In both January and February 2010,...


Europe — EU unemployment unchanged at 9.7% in April 2010

1 June 2010

According to figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the 16 countries which share the Euro as a common currency (EA16)* reached 10.1% in April 2010, compared to 10.0% in March. It was 9.2% in April 2009. The...


Italy — Employment up by +0.2% in April 2010

1 June 2010

According to the latest provisional estimates published today by the National Statistics Office (Istat), seasonally adjusted employment rose by +0.2% or +56,000 individuals to 22.8 million workers in April 2010 compared to the previous month. Compared to April 2009 employment was down by -1.3% or...


Europe — Consumer confidence declines in May

1 June 2010

In May, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI)* published by the European Union Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs declined back to 100.0 (-1.9 points) in the EU and to 98.4 (-2.2 points) in the Euro area. While Industry sentiment continued to improve, all other sectoral senti...


Spain — Temporary employment agencies still not allowed to work with job centres

1 June 2010

The President of the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), Francisco Aranda who has also recently been appointed Vice-President of the European Confederation of Employment Agencies (Eurociett), has responded to the latest statements by European Union Commissioner, Joaquin Al...


Italy — Demand for PAs up by +60% in Q1 2010

31 May 2010

According to new research carried out by staffing agency Page Personnel Italy, demand for Personal Assistants (PA) was up by +60% in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year. The so-called 'new generation PA' is a highly demanding position and covers far more than secretar...


Belgium — 59% of employees are not happy with their pay

31 May 2010

New research carried out by job board Monster Belgium among 631 employees reveals that only a minority of employees are satisfied with the amount of money they receive from their employers. 49% of respondents believe that they are not paid enough for the amount of work they do whilst 10% believe...


Spain — Labour market reforms delayed due to strong disagreements

31 May 2010

The deadline for negotiations on crucial labour market reforms between the government, employers and unions was extended by one week on Saturday since no agreement could be reached, Reuters reports. The government had threatened to push through labour market reforms unilaterally if no three-way...