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Europe – EU 27 unemployment at 9.5%

1 March 2011

The latest unemployment figures published today by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) show that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the euro area (EA17) was 9.9% in January 2011, compared with 10.0% in December 20104. It was 10.0% in January 2010.

The unemployment rate in...

Europe – Eurociett welcomes EU flagship initiative

1 March 2011

In a position paper on the European Commission's 'New Skills and Jobs Flagship Initiative', the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) has today welcomed the four main priorities put forward by the European Commission to contribute to inclusive growth, namely to promote better...

Switzerland – GDP up +3.1% in Q4 2010

1 March 2011

The latest data published today by The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), reveals that real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Switzerland grew by +0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010 when compared to the third quarter of 2010.

Positive growth came from investments, the trade balance for goods...

UK – Hays sees strong international performance

28 February 2011

Revenues were up by +22% from 1.288 billion Pounds during the six months ended 31 December 2009 to 1.576 billion Pounds during the six months ended 31 December 2010 at Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the fifth largest staffing company in Europe. At constant currency, revenues were up by +20%.

Half year results published...

UK – Staffline performs strongly in 2010

28 February 2011

Revenues were up by +79% from 115 million Pounds in 2009 to 206.2 million Pounds in 2010 at Staffline Group Plc (STAF:LSE), the recruitment and outsourced HR services provider to industry.

This reflects the impact of strong demand from existing customers, new business wins in 2009 and 2010 and also the...

Belgium – Agency worker accident rate falls dramatically

28 February 2011

The number and gravity of accidents at work among agency temporary employees has continued its downward trend, which started in 1999 according to the latest report by The Central Service for the Prevention of Accidents to Agency Temporary Employees (Pi).

The number of accidents at work among agency temporary...

UK – Private employers in job creation mode

28 February 2011

Job opportunities across the country rose even more sharply in February 2011 than January 2011, up +18 Index points (+16%) month-on-month according to the latest Job Index published today by recruitment website, reed.co.uk. Employer demand continued its steep rise to give a Job Index reading of 131,...

UK – Bumper bonus for City HR professionals

28 February 2011

HR professionals' incomes rose by +12% in 2010 according to research by HR recruiter Ortus (part of FiveTen Group), who polled almost 900 professionals in the second half of last year.
The increases were fuelled by higher than expected bonus payments as 2010 proved to be a bumper bonus year in...

Switzerland – GDP growth expected to accelerate in 2011

28 February 2011

The latest Economic Barometer published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) reached the high level of 2.18 points in February 2011, an increase of 0.02 points relative to the previous month.

The moderate downwards movement observed in the second half of 2010 has therefore been reversed. This indicates...

Norway – Good experience with Quotas for women

28 February 2011

In 2005, the Norwegian parliament passed a law requiring both genders to be represented by at least 40% on the boards of all public limited companies. The reform involves more than 400 companies, many of which are large and quoted on the stock exchange. The legal change meant many companies were forced...