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UK — Network Group returns to profit despite reduced revenue

1 September 2010

Revenue was down by -4.7% or -1.2 million Pounds from 26.4 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 25.1 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Network Group Holdings Plc (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business outsourcing group. Half year results for the six months ended 31 May 2010 published yesterday af...


UK — More employers struggle to manage risks around how they reward employees

1 September 2010

The proportion of HR professionals who believe that their organisation, or their client, is poorly prepared to manage the risks around how they reward their staff has grown in the past 12 months, according to a survey of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) members. 'Managing R...


Germany — New national minimum wages for care workers

1 September 2010

New national minimum wages for care workers have come into force in Germany in August 2010, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (Eiro) reports. The employees covered will be entitled to an hourly minimum wage of 8.50 Euro in Western Germany, including Berlin, and 7.50 Euro in Eastern Ge...


UK — Millions spent on coaching without a business purpose

1 September 2010

While multi-millions of pounds are spent on coaching across the UK, nearly one in seven organisations (15%) admit they have absolutely no measurements in place to assess the impact of their programmes. A new survey from Hays Senior Finance, working with expert coach/mentors LeaderShape, shows th...


Europe — Economic Sentiment Indicator on the up after July's surge

31 August 2010

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), published by the European Commission, continued to improve in both the entire European Union (EU) and the Euro area in August 2010 after the surge in July, albeit at a slower pace. It rose to 102.7 (up by +0.6 of a point) in the EU and to 101.8 (up by +0.7...


Norway — Temporary employment up by + 5% y-o-y in Q2 2010

31 August 2010

The latest Staffing Barometer (Bemanningsbarometeret) published by the National Federation of Service Industries (NHO Service) reveals that the number of hours worked by temporary employees was up by +5% to 9,259,265 hours in Q2 2010 compared to Q2 2009. NHO Service's Head of Division, Even Hage...


Ireland — More than 12,000 job cuts planned for the public sector

31 August 2010

The government's plan to transform the public sector will see a total reduction of -12,430 jobs in under four years following the employment controls imposed by the Department of Finance, Irish daily The Post reports. According to documents obtained by The Post 5,740 job cuts are expected in the...


France — Public sector staffing levels predicted to stagnate in 2011

31 August 2010

Staffing group Randstad France has for the first time published its new 'Public Sector Human Resources (HR) Trends Barometer' compiled on the basis of interviews with 216 public sector HR professionals. 58% of interviewees believe that staffing levels in the public sector will stagnate in 2011 w...


UK — 42% of public sector workers would accept a pay cut to avoid redundancy

31 August 2010

A new survey published by job board operator Totaljobs.com among 1,600 state workers shows that one in six would accept a -10% pay cut if it meant keeping their jobs. A further 25% said they would accept a -6% reduction in pay, a yearly cut of 1,500 Pounds before tax for a civil servant on 25,000...


Europe — Unemployment stable in July 2010

31 August 2010

The latest unemployment figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that the Euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in July 2010, unchanged compared with June 2010. It was 9.6% in July 2009. The unemployment rate of the entire...