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UK — Ethnic minority taskforce to report on discrimination in employment

4 January 2010

  Research commissioned by the department for Working and Pensions reveals that people who apply for vacancies with foreign sounding names have to send almost twice as many job applications as people with British sounding names in order to receive an invitation for interview, The Guardian report...


Austria — Unemployment up but still one of the lowest in Europe

4 January 2010

  According to official figures released by the Austrian government unemployment in December 2009 was up by 14.6% compared to December 2008. 313,000 people were registered as unemployed in December 2009 and a further 69,000 were registered as 'in training'. This takes the official unemployment...


Spain — Highly sensitive labour market due to strong reliance on temporary employment

4 January 2010

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have respectively predicted that unemployment in Spain will reach 19% and 20% in 2010. However, Valeriano Gomez, Economist and ex-Secretary General for Employment, told El Pais "I don't be...


Spain — Unjustified absenteeism down by 90%

31 December 2009

  A new report by Randstad reveals that unjustified absenteeism from work is down by 90% because people are concerned about losing their jobs in times of economic crisis, La Vanguardia reports. Randstad Spain Managing Director, Oscar Gutierrez, said in a statement "absenteeism has come down to...


Spain — Unjustified absenteeism down by 90%

31 December 2009

A new report by Randstad reveals that unjustified absenteeism from work is down by 90% because people are concerned about losing their jobs in times of economic crisis, La Vanguardia reports. Randstad Spain Managing Director, Oscar Gutierrez, said in a statement "absenteeism has come down to an...


Netherlands — Clients jointly liable for rogue staffing agencies

31 December 2009

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announces that from 1 January 2010 clients who hire temporary employees via staffing agencies, which are not certified to comply with the standards of the independent Labour Standards Foundation (SNA) are legally liable for the payment of minimum wage...


Germany — Association paints mixed picture for temporary employment

31 December 2009

  In his end of year review and outlook for 2010, the President of the Association of Temporary Employers (BZA) paints a mixed picture of the industry. Volker Enkerts said "we knew that 2009 was going to be a difficult year and we were not surprised that temporary employment fell to 517,000 in...


Germany — Association paints mixed picture for temporary employment

31 December 2009

In his end of year review and outlook for 2010, the President of the Association of Temporary Employers (BZA) paints a mixed picture of the industry. Volker Enkerts said "we knew that 2009 was going to be a difficult year and we were not surprised that temporary employment fell to 517,000 in the...


UK — City gives SThree the thumbs up

31 December 2009

SThree (STHR:LSE) shares have benefitted from recovered hopes for the industry and revived takeover speculation during of the quietest times of the year, the Daily Mail reports. Shares jumped 10.3 Pence to a year's high of 294 Pence as buyers either believe that 2010 will be a much better year f...


Netherlands — Clients jointly liable for rogue staffing agencies

31 December 2009

  The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announces that from 1 January 2010 clients who hire temporary employees via staffing agencies, which are not certified to comply with the standards of the independent Labour Standards Foundation (SNA) are legally liable for the payment of minimum w...