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Germany — Economy and labour market slowly gain momentum

13 May 2010

The latest data published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), reveals that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by +0.2% in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the previous quarter. At the same time, the result for the fourth quarter of 2009 was slightly corrected upwards, now also sho...


UK — Initio International appoints non-executive Director

13 May 2010

Newly formed Recruitment group Initio International has appointed Jeff Grout as non-executive director. Initio Chief Executive Brendan Flood, commented "we are very grateful that Jeff has made the decision to join us. He brings a huge amount of industry experience and will be instrumental in men...


Spain — Employment up due to temporary employees

13 May 2010

According to the latest Labour Market Monitor published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) and international financial analysts AFI, shows that registered unemployment in April 2010 fell by -24,000 individuals whilst employment was up by +47,000 individuals. Howeve...


UK — City jobs have fluctuated in the month before the election

13 May 2010

The latest London Employment Monitor published by recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley shows that London's financial services jobs market registered a -12% drop in new jobs in April 2010 from 6,632 to 5,569 month-on-month. This follows three consecutive months of financial services job increas...


UK — Rethink Group 2009 revenues up by +15%

13 May 2010

ReThink Group plc (RTG:LSE), the recruitment and technology services firm, today publishes final results for the year ended 31 December 2009. Revenues were up by +15% from 43.4 million Pounds in 2008 to 49.7 million Pounds in 2009. Gross profits fell from 12.1 million Pounds in 2008 to 10.9 mil...


France — Synergie in international acquisition mood

12 May 2010

Synergie SA (SDG:PAR), the staffing and training services group, has last night published interim results for the first quarter of 2010. Consolidated group revenues were up by +19% from 205.5 million Euro in Q1 2009 to 244.5 million Euro in Q1 2010. On a like-for-like basis revenues were up by +...


OECD Countries — Tax burden on workers' earnings fell in 2009

12 May 2010

According to the latest edition of the annual 'Taxing Wages' report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), average tax and social security burdens on employment incomes fell slightly in 24 out of 30 OECD countries last year as governments struggled to shor...


UK — Agency workers key to recovery

12 May 2010

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) latest JobsOutlook* has again shown the importance employers are placing on the use of agency workers in both their short and long term planning. A total of 88% of employers surveyed, a rise of two per cent on last month, said they would be ei...


Netherlands — Independence of Olympia Netherlands approved by Dutch authorities

12 May 2010

The Dutch Competition Authority has formally approved the separation of staffing agency Olympia Netherlands from its German parent company Olympia Flexgroup AG, which applied for an insolvency regime to a German court in January this year, specialist magazine Flexmarkt reports. The Dutch staffin...


Belgium — Three women out of four suffer from a 'glass ceiling'

12 May 2010

New research carried out by research firm InSites Consulting on behalf of Tempo Team (previously Vedior, Randstad owned) among 200 employers and 600 workers reveals that there is no such thing as professional equality between men and women in the labour market. 40% of women said that they do not...