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Netherlands — Otto Work Force buys Olympia Flexgroup's German operations

6 April 2010

Staffing agency Olympia Flexgroup AG, which in January 2010 applied for an insolvency regime due to the inability to pay debts as they fall due, has sold its German operations Olympia Personaldienstleistungen GmbH to the Netherlands-based staffing agency Otto Work Force. Otto Work Force speciali...


Germany — Chaos unless a minimum salary is agreed for temporary employees

6 April 2010

According to staffing agency giant Adecco Germany's Managing Director, Andreas Dinges, there will be chaos in Germany when the borders are opened for staffing agencies from Eastern European member countries of the European Union (EU) in May 2011, unless a minimum salary can be agreed for the indu...


UK — SPA announces total re-brand

6 April 2010

The Service Providers Association (SPA) today announces a total re-brand of the organisation, now to be known as the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA). The new name and logo are designed to clearly reflect the FCSA's areas of expertise while demonstrating the group's continue...


Spain — Permanent employee dismissal costs too high says Bank of Spain

2 April 2010

The governor of the bank of Spain, Miguel Angel Fernandez Ordonez, has called for a change in Spanish employment law in his latest Monthly Economic Bulletin, Expansion reports. Ordonez believes that the high cost of dismissal for Spanish permanent employees hinders the creation of permanent jobs...


Germany — Employment declines by -0.3% in February 2010

2 April 2010

According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of persons in employment living in Germany amounted to 39.8 million in February 2010, a decrease of -138,000 persons or -0.3% compared to February 2009. In January 2010, the number of persons in employmen...


Belgium — Temporary Employment agencies weather the crisis storm

2 April 2010

The latest report by staffing industry association Federgon reveals that the economic crisis has hit the Belgian temporary employment sector hard in 2009. The number of hours worked by temporary employees in 2009 was down by -22.18% to 140.8 million hours compared to 2008. Staffing industry reve...


Ireland — Seasonally Adjusted Live Register increases to 433,000 in March

2 April 2010

The seasonally adjusted Live Register total, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), increased from 432,400 in February to 433,000 in March, an increase of 600. In the year to March 2010 there was an unadjusted increase in the Live Register of 65,918 (+17.9%). This compares with an inc...


UK — Idox announces acquisition of managed-services contracts

1 April 2010

Idox Group (IDOX:LSE) the software, consulting and recruitment provider to the UK public sector, has agreed to acquire 11 long-term managed service contracts for the provision of land and property information solutions to UK Local Authorities from Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates for 2.9 milli...


Spain — Government announces -87% reduction in new public sector jobs

1 April 2010

Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa de la Vega has announced that the number of new public sector job offers (OEP) for 2010 will be reduced by -87% from 15,084 new job offers in 2009 to only 1,989 this year, Spanish daily Expansion reports. The reduction in new public sector jobs is part of the g...


Italy — Unemployment in February 2010 estimated at 8.5%

1 April 2010

The Italian Institute for Statistics (Istat) has published its latest estimates of employment and unemployment for the month of February 2010 based on a sample of 48,000 individuals in the country. Seasonally adjusted employment figures are estimated to have reached 22,806,000 in February, down...