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UK – Immigration cap hampers hiring

25 February 2011

Demand for migrant workers has increased despite rising levels of unemployment, with more than a fifth of employers planning to recruit migrant workers in the first quarter of 2011.

These are the findings of the latest study on skills, migration and off-shoring in the Labour Market Outlook report published...

UK – Impellam board changes

25 February 2011

Impellam Group Plc (IPEL:LSE), the international provider of staffing solutions, human capital management and outsourced people-related services, as part of the continued repositioning of the group, today announces that Noël Harwerth, John Rowley and Valerie Scoular are stepping down from the Board...

UK – Capita revenue growth subdued

24 February 2011

Revenues were up by +2% from 2.687 billion Pounds in 2009 to 2.744 billion Pounds in 2010 at Capita Group Plc (CPI:LSE), the provider of business process outsourcing solutions and professional support services.

Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2010 reveal that underlying operating profit...

UK – 13% distrust their line manager

24 February 2011

New research carried out by performance development consultancy Lane4 shows that the wave of redundancies, restructuring and changes in senior leadership in UK companies over the last 12 months has led to 13% of workers actively expressing distrust in their line manager with 21% trusting them less than...

Germany – Agency personnel means flexibility not wage dumping

24 February 2011

Car manufacturing giants Volkswagen (VW) and Daimler (Mercedes) have commented on today's national demonstrations against the fact that 'equal pay for equal work' has not been adopted by the government. Instead, a nationally binding minimum wage for temporary employees was agreed by the coalition government...

Germany – GDP growth slows down in Q4 2010

24 February 2011

The upturn of the German economy slightly slowed down towards the end of 2010 according to an analysis by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose +0.4% on the previous quarter upon price, seasonal and calendar adjustment.

Economic growth...

UK – CIPD welcomes Davies review

24 February 2011

Jackie Orme, Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has today welcomed the publication of Lord Davies' review, Women in the Boardroom, which calls for firms to adopt voluntary targets in order to achieve a minimum of 25% female representation on boards by 2015....

Ireland – Upward trend for jobs

24 February 2011

The latest Jobs Index published by recruitment website IrishJobs.ie has revealed a steady upward trend at the close of 2010 as the number of jobs advertised online increased by +3% in the fourth quarter compared with Q3.

The Jobs Index, which measures jobs advertised online, revealed that figures for...

UK – Sickness absence lowest in recession

24 February 2011

Instances of sickness absence in the UK fell during the recent recession. In the first quarter of 2009, 2.1% of employees had a spell of sickness absence, down from 2.5% before the start of the recession, new analysis by the Office of National Statistics reveals.

However, in the final quarter of 2010,...

Greece – General strike turns nasty

24 February 2011

What started off as a peaceful rally of 30,000 demonstrators against the government's austerity measures quickly turned into riots as mobs started throwing fire bombs at the police, The Press and Journal reports.

The 24-hour general strike halted trains, ferries and most public transport across the country,...