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Italy — 125 staffing agencies have shut up shop this year

30 November 2009

  A new report by the research centre of the Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce based on information issued by Companies House (Registro Imprese) and the Italian Institute for Statistics (Istat) reveals that 125 staffing agencies had to close over the last year, 50% of which were temporary st...


Sweden — Responsibility for assisting immigrants in finding work to shift

30 November 2009

A new bill presented to Parliament aims at giving the Swedish National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsformedlingen) greater responsibility for assistance in finding jobs for immigrant workers. A responsibility which currently lies with the country's 290 municipalities, Svenska Dagbladet reports....


France — Little confidence in management and unions

30 November 2009

A new research report carried out by TNS Sofres on behalf of Adecco subsidiary Altedia Human Resources among 1,005 employees in the public and private sectors reveals that French employees have little confidence in their management on the one hand and in the unions on the other, Les Echos reports...


Switzerland — Restrictions on immigrant workers considered

30 November 2009

In an interview with 'NZZ am Sonnatg' the Minister for the Economy Doris Leuthard said that the decision by the Swiss Parliament (Bundersrat) not to invoke restrictions on immigration for work purposes was with hindsight a mistake. Switzerland, which is not a member of the European Union (EU) ha...


France — Little confidence in management and unions

30 November 2009

  A new research report carried out by TNS Sofres on behalf of Adecco subsidiary Altedia Human Resources among 1,005 employees in the public and private sectors reveals that French employees have little confidence in their management on the one hand and in the unions on the other, Les Echos repo...


Belgium — Modest growth in temporary employment

27 November 2009

The latest temporary employment statistics published by the Federation of Human Resources Agencies (Federgon) reveal that overall temporary employment in October 2009 was up by 1% compared to September 2009. Among blue collar workers the number of hours worked by temporary employees grew by 1.4%...


France — Unemployment up by 2%

27 November 2009

  According to the latest statistics published last night by the Ministry for the Economy, category A unemployment (job seekers, out of work) in October was up by 2% to 2.62 million compared to 2.57 million in the previous month. Compared to October 2008, category A unemployment is up by 25%. U...


UK — Interim Managers streamline local councils

27 November 2009

Local councils are increasingly turning to interim managers as they are facing government pressure to cut budgets as well as improve services and change the way they are delivered, the Guardian reports. According to the latest figures from the Interim Management Association (IMA) local councils...


UK — FDM Group offer agreed

27 November 2009

Private equity group Inflexion is set to load 13 million Pounds of debt on to FDM Group (FDMG:LSE), the international IT services company after it won backing for a 141 Pence per share takeover offer, the Financial Times reports. The independent board of FDM yesterday backed a third offer, which...


France — Unemployment up by 2%

27 November 2009

According to the latest statistics published last night by the Ministry for the Economy, category A unemployment (job seekers, out of work) in October was up by 2% to 2.62 million compared to 2.57 million in the previous month. Compared to October 2008, category A unemployment is up by 25%. Unem...