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UK - Employers' guidance for new agency laws

9 May 2011

The government has published guidance to help employers prepare for the introduction of new rights for agency workers later this year.

The guidance is intended to help hirers and agencies understand the requirements of the Agency Workers Regulations. Separate guidance for agency workers will be published...

Belgium - 70% of large SMEs want to hire in Q2 2011

9 May 2011

One out of three (32%) small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) intend to hire new staff during Q2 2011, according to new research carried out by Human Resources services provider SD Worx among 974 SMEs in Belgium.

Hiring intentions for Q2 2011 are even greater in 'larger SMEs' (20+ employees) where 70%...

World - Eurozone recovery exposes cracks between member states

9 May 2011

Recent world events have prompted a renewed focus on rising energy costs and higher food prices. The repercussions will likely shift the global economic landscape in the near term. In the second-quarter issue of the Global Economic Outlook, Deloitte member firm economists examine the effects of these...

UK - Slow growth expected this year and next

9 May 2011

The UK economy will continue to make headway in 2011, but growth will be patchy and slow, according to the latest economic forecast, released today, by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Despite a squeeze on household income and public spending cuts, the business group expects this year's Gross...

Czech Republic - Unemployment falls to 7.3%

9 May 2011

The total employment in Q1 2011 increased by +35.2 thousand persons compared with the same period of 2010, according to the latest data published by the Czech Statistical Office (CSU).

The employment rate of individuals aged 15 to 64 years increased by +0.9 percentage points year-on-year to reach 65%....

UK - HR Go profitable again

6 May 2011

Revenues were up by +26% from 73.3 million Pounds in 2009 to 92.6 million Pounds in 2010 at staffing agency HR Go (HRGO:PLU). Financial results for the year ended 31 December 2010 reveal that operating profit was up from a loss of -486,000 Pounds in 2009 to a profit of 1.9 million Pounds in 2010.


UK - Network Group's operating profit doubles

6 May 2011

Revenues were marginally up from 52.1 million Pounds in 2009 to 52.2 million Pounds in 2010 at Network Group (NGH:LSE), the specialist recruitment and business outsourcing group.

Full year results for the year ended 30 November 2010 reveal that gross profit was up from 18.3 million Pounds 2009 to 19.1...

UK - Servoca acquires minority interest in subsidiary undertaking

6 May 2011

Servoca Plc (SVCA:LSE), the specialist outsourcing and recruitment solutions provider, today announces that it has acquired the minority interest in its subsidiary undertaking, Triple West Medical Limited, for an aggregate sum of 492,392 Pounds, comprising both shares and cash. 

Triple West was established...

World - Talent wars rage despite recession

6 May 2011

The Heidrick & Struggles Global Talent Index released today shows that demand for talent across the globe is outstripping supply and that countries are not moving fast enough to prepare workers for the needs of tomorrow's economy. In addition, the report finds one in three executives worldwide are...

Switzerland - Unemployment falls to 3.1%

6 May 2011

The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) fell by -11,457 individuals to 123,448 in April 2011 compared with March 2011, according to the latest figures published today by the State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO).

The unemployment rate fell from 3.4% in March 2011...