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Germany – Fukushima impacts business climate

28 March 2011

The latest Business Climate Index for German industry and trade published by the Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich (Ifo), clouded slightly in March 2011 after having previously improved nine times in succession.

The decline is entirely due to German companies' future expectations....

Poland – Reforms needed for higher growth

28 March 2011

Raising employment, improving skills, enhancing innovation and technology absorption will put Poland on track for higher growth rates, says the World Bank.
The new World Bank report entitled 'Europe 2020 Poland: Fuelling Growth and Competitiveness in Poland through Employment, Skills, and Innovation'...

Switzerland – Economy remains stable in a stormy environment

28 March 2011

The Swiss economy is growing vigorously thanks to a robust domestic economy and high foreign demand. In 2011, GDP growth is expected to reach 2.8%. For 2012, growth should be a little lower (2.3%), according to the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF).

The strong Franc is slowing down the growth in exports,...

UK – Gender discrimination rife in IT and telecoms

28 March 2011

51% of female employees in the IT and telecommunications sector say they have been victims of gender discrimination, according to new research from IT and telecommunications recruiter Greythorn.
85% of female workers in the sector say gender discrimination exists in the industry. But while...

Spain – Absenteeism reduced despite increased stress levels

28 March 2011

In a country where unemployment has surpassed 20%, the fear of losing your job has caused many workers to reduce their absenteeism for health reasons and has created so-called 'presenteeism', the phenomenon of increased presence in the office with no increase in productivity.

According to the Spanish...

UK – Hope resigns from Pinnacle as COO and FD

28 March 2011

Pinnacle Staffing Group (PCL:LSE), the healthcare recruitment specialist, has announced that as of 25 March 2011 David Hope has tendered his resignation as Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director of the company, having previously agreed with the company a reduction in his notice period from 6 months...

Germany – Parliament establishes minimum wage for agency staff

25 March 2011

The Lower House of Parliament (Bundestag) has yesterday voted in favour of a nationally binding minimum wage for the country's more than 900,000 agency temporary employees, Reuters reports.

The new minimum wage will apply to all agency temporary employees who work in Germany and is based on the collective...

France – Fewer job seekers for second consecutive month

25 March 2011

The latest data published by DARES on behalf of the official government job centres (Pôle Emploi) reveals that the number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in February 2011 was down by -0.1% or -2,100 individuals to 2,701,100 compared to the previous month....

Netherlands – Agency staff drives employment growth

25 March 2011

Employment was up by +0.4% or up by +34,000 individuals in Q4 2010 when compared to Q4 2009, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

In Q4 2010 the number of jobs has grown on an annual basis for the first time in eighteen months. Quarter-on-quarter, employment was up...

Eurozone – GDP set to rebound in Q1 2011

25 March 2011

At 57.5 in March 2011, the 'Flash Eurozone Composite Output Index', published by research firm Markit, signalled an expansion in economic activity for the twentieth consecutive month. The rate of growth was the second-fastest since July 2007 and only slightly less marked than February's four-and-a-half...