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Germany – Exports up +15% in 2010

20 April 2011

In 2010 Germany was in third place behind China and the US due to exchange rate factors, real goods exports rose by +15% in 2010

After Germany yielded the title of world vice export champion last year to the US because of exchange rate factors, it should be able to regain second place this year, according...

France – Law to increase number of women directors

20 April 2011

The number of women company directors is expected to go up in France after its parliament passed a law in January 2011 setting quotas for the gender balance of company boards, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) reports.

Within the next three years, 20% of a company's board members must...

Netherlands/Belgium – Image of secretaries completely outdated

20 April 2011

The image most people have of secretaries is outdated and incorrect according to new research carried out by staffing agency OfficeTeam (part of Robert Half) among 600 secretaries and managers in The Netherlands and Belgium.

95% of secretaries believe that the image of the job is in urgent need of being...

Netherlands – Agency employment up +10%

19 April 2011

In weeks 9 to 12 of 2011, the total number of hours worked by agency temporary employees increased by +10% and turnover generated by temporary employment agencies grew equally by +10%, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released today by the Association of Temporary...

Poland – Temporary employment up +14% in 2010

19 April 2011

The number of temporary employees was up by +14% from 379,103 in 2009 to 433,102 in 2010 according to the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

The number of hirers using temporary employment agencies was up by +138 to 10,964 year-on-year in 2010. However, the number...

UK – Day Webster acquires Care Providers and seeks further acquisitions

19 April 2011

Privately owned Day Webster Healthcare Group, the staffing agency specialising in agency nursing staff, has announced the acquisition of Care Providers (AD) Ltd, a nursing agency servicing both the NHS and private hospitals.

Care Providers is accredited with both the Buying Solutions Nursing Framework...

Sweden – Job centres are failing the labour market

19 April 2011

58% of Swedish companies, which have tried to recruit over the last six months, have not bothered to contact the government's job centres (Arbetsförmedlingen), and either enlisted the services of a staffing agency or chose to go it alone, according to new research by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise...

UK – Confusion over leave on Royal Wedding day

19 April 2011

One in four office workers have still not been told if they will be given the day off for the royal wedding even though the government has said it will be a bank holiday, according to a new report by recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark.

A survey of 1,000 employees showed that many believed the uncertainty,...

Germany – Protective law for temporary employees finally ratified

18 April 2011

The Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) has ratified a new law, which prevents employers from sacking their employees only to re-employ them again as agency temporary employees at less pay and worse conditions.

The new law is aimed at tackling the so-called 'revolving door effect', which was made infamous...

Netherlands – Government crackdown on rogue staffing agencies

18 April 2011

The Cabinet has agreed a proposal by the Minister for Social Affairs, Henk Kemp, to fine staffing agencies which fail to register as staffing agencies with the Commercial Register (Handelsregister).

Under existing Dutch law, all companies are obliged to register with the Chamber of Commerce. Under the...