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Greece — Unemployment reaches 11.3% in January 2010

21 April 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey, published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate in January 2010 reached 11.3% compared to 9.4% in January 2009 and 10.2% in December 2009. The number of employed amounted to 4,445,743 persons while the number of unemployed amoun...


Italy — New Managing Director transforms Metis

21 April 2010

Cristiano Ianna, the new Managing Director of staffing firm Metis spa, wants to turn the firm into a '360-degrees Human Resources partner'. 40 year old Ianna told Italian daily il Sole 24 Ore "the Metis brand will concentrate on search and selection, outplacement and staff leasing. The Seltis b...


Germany — IT consulting is jobseekers' most favoured sector

21 April 2010

A new survey carried out by staffing agency Randstad Germany among 10,000 potential employees aged between 18 and 65 reveals that IT consulting, the pharmaceutical industry and the chemical industry are job seekers' most favoured sectors. 40% of respondents would like to work for an IT consultin...


UK — Unemployment reaches 8% in the three months to February 2010

21 April 2010

The latest Labour Market Statistics, published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reveals that the employment rate for the three months to February 2010 was 72.1%. The rate was down -0.3 on the quarter and it has not been lower since the three months to October 1996. The number of...


Netherlands — Market recovery continues for USG People

21 April 2010

USG People N.V. (USG.AEX), the staffing, secondment and HR services group, has today announced interim results for the first quarter of 2010, ended 31 March. Revenues were down by -9% from 755 million Euro in Q1 2009 to 684 million Euro in the same period of this year. Gross profits were down by...


Netherlands — Temporary employment in industry back on track

20 April 2010

The latest market development report published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), shows that the number of hours worked by temporary employees fell by -6% in March (weeks 9 to 12) this year when compared to the same period last year. Revenues generated by temporary employ...


UK — Knee-jerk cuts will not deliver sustainable employment, says REC

20 April 2010

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has responded to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) predictions, published in the Daily News yesterday, that 500,000 public sector jobs could be cut over the next five years. Commenting on the report, Kevin Green, the RE...


Eastern Europe — Russian oligarch proposes labour legislation reform

20 April 2010

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who heads the Labour Committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, has proposed to alter Russian labour law, which currently provides for an eight hour workday and limits total overtime to 120 hours per year or approximately 2.5 hours per week....


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20 April 2010

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UK — Hung parliament could stifle 'green shoots' in construction and manufacturing

20 April 2010

Research carried out by de Poel, the expert procurers of temporary agency labour, reveals that temporary agency labour usage in the construction sector has seen a +101% increase since January 2010, indicating that the industry is seeing a rapid recovery from the economic downturn. The manufacturi...