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Scandinavia — Norwegian unemployment level is the envy of its neighbours

23 September 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Norway (SSB) shows that adjusted for seasonal variations, the number of unemployed persons was reduced by -9,000 individuals or -0.3 percentage points, from April (average March-May) to July (average June-August). In comparison, seasonally-a...

UK — Bond Software posts loss after difficult trading in H1 2010

23 September 2010

Revenues were down by -11.2% from 17.1 million Pounds in H1 2009 to 15.1 million Pounds in H1 2010 at Bond International Software Plc (BDI:LSE), the specialist provider of software for the recruitment and Human Resources sectors. Interim results for the six months to 30 June 2010 reveal that gro...

Spain — Personal recommendations have become vital for job seekers due to the crisis

22 September 2010

New research carried out by staffing agency Adecco Spain and job portal infoempleo.com, shows that job offers have moved from so-called external media (press, staffing agencies) to so-called internal media (internal promotions, companies own websites) during the economic crisis. The press is sti...

UK — Economic recovery will continue but growth will be restrained in 2011, says CBI

22 September 2010

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) expects the UK economy to continue to grow, and at a slightly faster pace in 2010 than had been expected. But the pace of recovery looks to be more sluggish in 2011 than previously forecast, following measures announced in the emergency Budget to deal w...

UK — Interim management grows in Q2 2010

22 September 2010

The latest quarterly Market Audit carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Interim Management Association (IMA), reveals that Q2 2010 saw the total number of completed assignments rise from 402 in the previous quarter (Q1 2010) up to 440. Full details will be in our Citation tomorrow.

Europe — EC pushes for gender equality

22 September 2010

A proposed new strategic plan on gender equality by the European Commission (EC) focuses on closing the pay gap and opening up company boardrooms to more women. Tackling domestic violence is also a top priority. Despite the progress made towards equality in recent years, women, on average, still...

Ireland — Employment decline slows to 4.1% in the year to Q2 2010

22 September 2010

According to the latest Quarterly National Household Survey published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there were 1,859,100 persons in employment in the second quarter of 2010, an annual decrease of -79,400 or -4.1%. This compares with an annual decrease in employment of -5.5% in the previo...

France — Groupe Crit sets off on acquisition trail

22 September 2010

In an interview with specialist publication Easy Bourse, the Chairman and CEO of staffing group Crit, Claude Guedj said that he hopes that he will continue to outperform growth in the French temporary employment sector, which grew at 12.8% year-on-year during the first six months of 2010 whilst G...

Europe — The Swedish Derogation is flawed, claims law expert

22 September 2010

Many staffing agencies are actively considering how best to approach the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which provide agency workers with the rights to equal pay and other rights from October 2011. One option is to use R.10, the so-called Swedish Derogation, but the rules are flawed, says recru...

Europe — Parliament report on Services Directive, Eurociett position published

21 September 2010

With regard to the debate in the European Parliament (EP) on the implementation of the Services Directive, the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) advocates that temporary work agencies should enjoy the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services. I...