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Europe — Labour market forecast to remain weak for some time to come

23 June 2010

The latest monthly monitor on the European labour market published by the European Commission (covering the period up to April/May 2010) confirms that the labour market in the EU is stabilising, following several months of only relatively moderate deterioration. The economy started to recover fr...


Germany/France — Salaries rise despite recession

23 June 2010

New analysis published jointly by the Statistical Offices of Germany (Destatis) and France (Insee), reveals that salaries rose on average by +2.7% in Germany and +2.2% in France in 2009 compared to the previous year. The high increases during the recession year of 2009 were due to the fact that...


Spain — Restrictions on temporary employment lifted

23 June 2010

The Spanish parliament yesterday voted in favour of labour market reforms proposed by the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and supported via Royal Decree by HM King Juan Carlos, El Pais reports. Temporary employment agencies will now be allowed to work in the c...


Europe — More people struggle to make ends meet

23 June 2010

One European in six reports a constant struggle to pay household bills and three quarters believe that poverty has increased in their country over the past year. These are the key results from a new Eurobarometer survey on social impacts of the crisis, presented by the EU Commission on June 22,...


Germany — Optimism returns in spite of debt crisis

22 June 2010

New research commissioned by insurance giant Allianz and carried out by Hohenheim University among 1,500 statistically representative individuals reveals that 25% of Germans are confident or very confident that the economy will do well over the next 12 months. This is 9 percentage points higher t...


New Research from Western Europe

22 June 2010

  The new WE Briefing - French Data Sources contains a list of data sources for France, covering academic resources, applicable government departments, laws and regulations, contingent workforce market data, trade associations and other organisations including supplier directors and is for membe...


Germany — Improved take-up rate for training programmes

22 June 2010

New research published today by the Institute for Labour Market Research (IAB) shows that an increasing number of companies are making use of the government's professional training programmes (WeGebAU) for older employees and employees with low qualifications. The research, carried out among 14,...


UK — REC calls on Chancellor to protect delicate jobs market

22 June 2010

Ahead of today's Emergency Budget, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has called on Chancellor (Finance Minister) George Osborne to protect the UK's fragile labour market by prioritising job creation and limiting the impact on employment opportunities on the public sector. Commen...


Germany — Tax revenues expected to be higher than forecast

22 June 2010

New analysis carried out by the Institute for World Economy (IFW) in Kiel, forecasts that the German taxman will collect between 515 and 522 billion Euro this year due to the improved economy. This would be between 5 and 7 billion Euro more than predicted by the independent Work Group for Tax Re...


Finland — unemployment falls by -0.3 percentage points

22 June 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus) the number of employed persons in May 2010 was 2,482,000, which was -13,000 lower than a year earlier. The employment rate (15 to 64 year olds) stood at 68.6%, which was -0.7 percentage points lower...