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Switzerland – GDP forecast to grow

1 April 2011

The latest 'Economic Barometer' published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF), rose +0.05 points relative to February 2011 (2.19, revised from 2.18) and now shows a reading of 2.24. Thus, in the next few months, the year-on-year growth rate of Swiss Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should remain positive...

UK – Reform key to unlocking EU growth

1 April 2011

The government has published a pamphlet Let's Choose Growth setting out why it's time for growth in Europe.

In the pamphlet there is a stark warning that if current trends continue, by the middle of the century, leading European Union (EU) nations could fall out of the world's top-10 most powerful economies....

Ireland – Third level qualifications, work experience and languages in demand

1 April 2011

Amid a challenging labour market and continuing high unemployment, the first annual Vacancy Overview Report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has found that despite the recession and high unemployment levels, some job vacancies continued to arise in 2010, providing positive news for...

UK – Seven out of every eight pay deals at 2%

1 April 2011

Seven out of every eight pay settlements recorded between December 2010 and February 2011 were at or above 2%, while two-fifths of deals were at 3% and above, according to the latest data from employment research organisation, IDS

The median settlement for the whole economy is 2.5% in the latest IDS analysis,...

France – 94.4 million Euro fine for staffing agencies confirmed

31 March 2011

France's highest court of appeal (Cour de Cassation) has finally confirmed a decision by the Competition Authority to impose a fine of 94.4 million Euro on staffing agencies Manpower, Adecco, Adia and VediorBis (Randstad) for infringement of competition rules, Le Moniteur reports.

The staffing agencies...

UK – Empresaria achieves growth across all regions but faces challenges in Japan and Germany

31 March 2011

Revenues were up by +17% from 190.5 million Pounds in 2009 to 223.4 million Pounds in 2010 at Empresaria Group Plc. (EMR:LSE), the international recruitment and management services group. In constant currency, revenues were up by +14%.

Final results for the year ended 31 December 2010 published today...

World – Manpower Inc. now called ManpowerGroup

31 March 2011

Staffing agency Manpower Inc. is changing its name to ManpowerGroup, reflecting the organisation's global outlook.
ManpowerGroup is also revealing new logos that clearly connect the organisation's working brands together, and reflect how the group of companies is built for solutions and speed....

Switzerland – Adecco announces tender and exchange offers for existing debt securities

31 March 2011

Adecco Group, the worldwide leader in Human Resource services, announces today tender and exchange offers, by Adecco International Financial Services B.V. for its 500 million Euro notes with a coupon of 4.5%, due in 2013 and its 500 million Euro notes with a coupon of 7.625% due in 2014.

The Issuer offers...

Ireland – HSE refuses to attend today's talks on tougher staffing contracts

31 March 2011

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said that it will not attend talks scheduled for today on the agency staff dispute which has caused some disruption to health services over the last two weeks, broadcaster RTE reports.

The dispute arose when the HSE negotiated tougher contracts with recruitment...

Europe – Moderate increase in employment

31 March 2011

The deterioration in the European Union (EU) labour market resulting from the economic crisis, which has been easing since mid 2010, has at last gradually given way to moderate increases in employment, according to the new Quarterly Labour Market Review, published by the European Commission (EC).