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Sweden — Lower rate of increase in the number of unemployed

28 April 2010

According to original data, published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB), 448,000 persons aged 15 to 74 were unemployed in March 2010. This is an increase of +44,000 compared to March 2009. The number of unemployed men increased by +29,000, while for women the change was not statistically significa...


Netherlands — Randstad signals strong revenue recovery in March and April

28 April 2010

Randstad Holding (RAND:AEX), the world's second largest staffing firm, today publishes its results for the first quarter of 2010 ended 31 March. Revenues were down by -1% from 3.055 billion Euro in Q1 2009 to 3.035 billion Euro in Q1 2010. Gross profit declined organically by -7% to 575.0 mill...


Europe — Robert Half Q1 results lower than expected

28 April 2010

Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the specialised staffing and risk consulting services firm, has published results for the first quarter of 2010 ended 31 March. The results were lower-than-expected by financial analysts, as the company was impacted by lower margins at two of its busines...


France — Category A unemployment falls by -0.2% in March 2010

28 April 2010

The latest data published by the official government job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that the number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers registered with the job centres in March 2010 fell by -0.2% or -6,600 individuals to 2,661,300 compared to the previous month. Compared to March 2009, it w...


Spain — Accidentally released data shows unemployment at 20.05%

28 April 2010

The latest unemployment figures intended for publication on Friday this week by the Spanish Statistics Institute (INE) accidentally appeared on INE's website on Monday for several minutes. Spanish daily ABC published the figures immediately. INE has confirmed the error but has refused to confirm...


Spain — Association asks government to get rid of red tape for temporary employment agencies

27 April 2010

The Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (Fedett), has expressed the opinion that temporary employment agencies should be allowed to work on recruitment, selection, outplacement and consulting without any cost to the worker. Fedett also wants temporary employment agencies to be able to wo...


France — Temporary employment agencies launch into the public sector

27 April 2010

The new law on 'the mobility and careers in the public sector', which came into force on 3 August 2009 and gave temporary employment agencies the right to work for public administrations has had a strong impact on the market, Le Monde reports. In fact, local authorities and hospitals were alread...


Finland — Unemployment reaches 9.1% in March 2010

27 April 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland reveals that the number of employed persons in March 2010 was 2.4 million, which was 48,000 lower than a year earlier. In March, the employment rate stood at 66.5%, which was 1.5 percentage points lower than one year before. Ad...


UK — New Doctors division helps Pinnacle Staffing Group increase annual sales

27 April 2010

Pinnacle Staffing Group Plc (PCL:LSE), the healthcare recruitment group, today announces full year results for the year ended 3 January 2010. Revenue for the period amounted to 40.2 million Pounds compared to 38.1 million Pounds in 2008. The Group's core Nursing Division which includes its key b...


Germany — Growing income disparity between East and West

26 April 2010

Data published by the Statistics Office of the Federal State of Saxony (East Germany) reveals that the Eastern part of Germany is failing to catch up with West German income levels, news magazine Focus reports. Income (salaries + capital gains + social benefits) in East Germany was on average 15...