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Spain — Highest levels of temporary employment in Europe in spite of huge job losses

12 February 2010

  The latest Labour Market Monitor (Avance del Mercado Laboral) published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), points to a stabilisation in the labour market and estimates that there will be 18.3 million employed in Spain at the end of the current quarter. The year...


Europe — Hudson Highland Q4 revenues down on previous year but up on Q3

12 February 2010

Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:HHGP), the US-based provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services, which in 2008 generated 47% of its gross margin in Europe, has published financial results for the fourth quarter of 2009 ended 31 December. Revenues were dow...


Germany — Unions go back on agreement with temporary employment agencies

12 February 2010

  The minimum wage agreement signed in late January by the Association of Temporary Employers (BZA) and the German Confederation of Trading Unions (DGB), now risks being cancelled because two of DGB's sub-unions (IG Metall and Verdi), are contesting the negotiated outcome. The minimum wage agre...


Spain — Highest levels of temporary employment in Europe in spite of huge job losses

12 February 2010

The latest Labour Market Monitor (Avance del Mercado Laboral) published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), points to a stabilisation in the labour market and estimates that there will be 18.3 million employed in Spain at the end of the current quarter. The year-on...


Netherlands — Otto Work Force buys Polish operations from Olympia Flexgroup

12 February 2010

Otto Work Force, the staffing group which specialises in supplying Eastern European temporary workers to the Dutch market, has acquired the Polish operations of Olympia Flexgroup, the troubled staffing franchise. Otto's Chairman, Frank van Gool, said "we are increasingly engaged in the fast grow...


Germany — Unions go back on agreement with temporary employment agencies

12 February 2010

The minimum wage agreement signed in late January by the Association of Temporary Employers (BZA) and the German Confederation of Trading Unions (DGB), now risks being cancelled because two of DGB's sub-unions (IG Metall and Verdi), are contesting the negotiated outcome. The minimum wage agreeme...


Greece — Unemployment reached 10.6% in November 2009

12 February 2010

  As Eurozone ministers hold crisis talks to avert a collapse in the Greek economy, the latest Labour Force Survey published by the National Statistical Service of Greece reveals that the unemployment rate in November 2009 was 10.6% compared to 7.8% in November 2008 and 9.8% in October 2009.   T...


Netherlands — Flirting with colleagues is okay but not with the boss

12 February 2010

  Just before Valentine's Day, temporary staffing firm Unique (part of USG People), has carried out research on the acceptability of flirting in the workplace. 61% of surveyed employees said that flirting with colleagues is acceptable. 37% said that flirting at any level of the corporate hierar...


Netherlands — Flirting with colleagues is okay but not with the boss

12 February 2010

Just before Valentine's Day, temporary staffing firm Unique (part of USG People), has carried out research on the acceptability of flirting in the workplace. 61% of surveyed employees said that flirting with colleagues is acceptable. 37% said that flirting at any level of the corporate hierarchy...


Netherlands — Otto Work Force buys Polish operations from Olympia Flexgroup

12 February 2010

  Otto Work Force, the staffing group which specialises in supplying Eastern European temporary workers to the Dutch market, has acquired the Polish operations of Olympia Flexgroup, the troubled staffing franchise. Otto's Chairman, Frank van Gool, said "we are increasingly engaged in the fast g...