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UK — Equality Bill passed by House of Commons

9 April 2010

The new Equality Bill has been rushed through its approved by the House of Commons because of the election and will enter the statute book this week. The majority of the provisions in the Equality Act 2010 will come into force in October, with the implementation of some provisions being delayed u...


France — Temporary employment up by +15.2% year-on-year in February

9 April 2010

The latest statistics published by the government's official job centres 'Pole Emploi' reveal that at the end of February 2010 there were 561,400 temporary employees in France. The seasonally adjusted figures show a monthly increase of +1.4% or plus 7,700 temporary employees compared to January 2...


Ireland — Sigmar report +27% growth in Q1 2010

9 April 2010

The private Irish Recruitment group, Sigmar, report a significant growth in recruitment for Q1 2010. According to new figures published by the group, Q1 2010 represented a 27 percent quarter-on-quarter growth compared to Q4 2009. This is the second consecutive quarterly growth in job placements....


Spain — Still too many barriers for temporary employment agencies in spite of huge unemployment

9 April 2010

In spite of the European Union's Directive of November 2008, which urges all EU member countries to remove all unjustified barriers to entry for temporary employment agencies, Spanish temporary employment agencies are still prevented from operating in areas such as the construction industry, the...


Spain — Grupo Norte triples profits in spite of bad performance in temporary employment

8 April 2010

Grupo Norte, the provider of multiple services from temporary employment to security and cash transports, has announced a three-fold increase in pre-tax profits for the year 2009 in spite of a -15% fall in revenues. Revenues fell to 133 million Euro due to negative growth of -46% to 37 million E...


UK — Matchtech copes with the recession

8 April 2010

Matchtech Group plc (MTEC:LSE),the specialist technical recruitment company, today announces its unaudited results for the six months ended 31 January 2010. Revenues were down by -9% on H1 2009 and down by -5% on H2 2009 to 125.4 million Pounds. Net Fee Income (NFI) was down by -25% on H1 2009 a...


G7 Countries — Growth seen easing back slightly in the US, Europe and Japan in first half of 2010

8 April 2010

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) latest Interim Economic Assessment, the pickup in activity seen in the club of advanced industrialised states that meets annually to discuss important economic, financial, and political issues (G7 countries) in the las...


UK — Hays sees broad stability across most countries except Spain

8 April 2010

Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the largest recruitment group in the United Kingdom, has today released an interim management statement for the quarter ended 31 March 2010 (Q3). The Group saw a decrease in net fees of -5% (-10% on a like-for-like basis) versus the same period last year. Net fees from the te...


UK — Robert Walters gross profits up by +27% in constant currency

8 April 2010

Robert Walters Plc (RWA:LSE), the recruitment group, today releases an interim management statement for the first quarter ending 31 March 2010. Group Q1 2010 gross profits were up by +27% in constant currency to 32.6 million Pounds compared to 25 million Pounds in Q1 2009. In the UK, Q1 2010 g...


Switzerland — Unemployment falls to 4.2% in March 2010

8 April 2010

The State Secretariat for the Economy (SECO) today announces unemployment figures for March 2010. The number of jobseekers registered with the government's job centres (ORP) has fallen by -6,967 individuals compared to February 2010. The unemployment rate has fallen from 4.4% in February 2010 to...