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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...

UK – Smith succeeds Masters as REC Chair

25 March 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation Council (REC) has appointed Neil Smith, the Managing Director of Kinetic Plc, as the REC's next Chairman.
Kinetic Plc is a mid-size agency who employ over 60 people and which operates out of Manchester and across the North of England. They specialise...

UK – Jarvis is latest casualty at HCL

25 March 2011

Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm has registered another casualty of the alleged 'accounting irregularities', which were announced in January.

At the time, the company suspended its Executive Vice-Chairman, Kate Bleasdale, Finance Director...

UK – New Financial Director at Kellan Group

25 March 2011

The board of directors of the Kellan Group Plc (KLN:LSE), the IT, accountancy, hospitality, leisure and professional services recruitment group, has announced that the group's CFO, John Melbourne, has decided to step down from the board and will leave the business to pursue other opportunities with effect...

UK – Chancellor unveils 'Budget for Growth'

24 March 2011

The Budget announced by Chancellor (Finance Minister), George Osborne yesterday aimed to provide some stimulus to the economy by encouraging private sector growth. However, at a time when Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecasts are being upgraded elsewhere in Europe, the Chancellor revised his 2011 GDP...

Italy – Agency temporary employment up +12.7% in 2010

24 March 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +12.7% in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to the latest analysis published today by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).

The increase follows the strong year-on-year decline in agency...

France – Business climate back at 2007 levels

24 March 2011

The business climate has improved noticeably in March 2011. The latest 'Business Climate Index' based on interviews with heads of manufacturing firms, published today by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE), was up by +3 points to reach its highest level since the end of...