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Europe – Economic sentiment broadly unchanged in January

31 January 2011

In January 2011, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained broadly unchanged, at 105.8 in the entire European Union (EU) and 106.5 in the Euro Area. After 7 months of uninterrupted improvement, the indicator stands well above its long term average.

A majority of member states reported either an...

Switzerland – Job advertisements shift further to the web

31 January 2011

The latest Swiss Job Market Index, published by Zürich University on behalf of staffing agency Adecco, shows that personnel demand rose by +1% in December 2010 when compared to September 2010.

Compared to December 2009 personnel demand was up by +31%.

The number of jobs advertised on companies' own websites...

UK – Workplace dispute reforms proposed by government

31 January 2011

The government has yesterday announced the next steps in its comprehensive review of employment laws.

New plans to improve the way in which workplace disputes are resolved have been published alongside an 'Employer's Charter'. The measures are designed to give businesses more confidence to take on workers...

World – Corporations lack leadership to deal with change

31 January 2011

More than two-thirds of corporate executives see great danger in leadership being overwhelmed by the complex challenges brought about by the current trend in which companies are experiencing convergence, according to a new study released by executive search firm Egon Zehnder International.


Netherlands – Economic situation more favourable

31 January 2011

According the latest analysis published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the economic situation has improved further at the end of January 2011 relative to the end of December 2010. Indicators in the Business Cycle Tracer improved across the board. The heart of the scatter in the Tracer is located in...

UK – NHS Counter Fraud rumoured to investigate HCL

31 January 2011

National Health Service (NHS) Local Counter Fraud Specialists have been conducting investigations into work done by a company supplying staff to primary health care trusts, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports.

The Daily Telegraph understands that the probe is focused on work Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL),...

Eastern Europe – Polish companies to step up investments in 2011

31 January 2011

"Large companies are optimistic about 2011. 80% of them plan to step up their investments" Henryka Bochniarz, President of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers (PKPP Lewiatan) told a conference entitled "Large Companies 2011, Opportunities and Threats" organised by Lewiatan...

UK – Innovative Collaboration between APSCo and Henley Business School

31 January 2011

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and Henley Business School have launched an MBA programme specifically designed for recruitment executives.

The programme has the title of MBA and concentrates on International Recruitment Management. It will be delivered by flexible learning...

World – Robert Half beats consensus with net income up +84%

27 January 2011

Revenues were up by +15% from $737.4 million in Q4 2009 to $851.6 in Q4 2010 at Robert Half International Inc. (RHI:NYQ), the US-quoted specialist staffing and risk consulting services group.

Total operating income rose from $22.5 million in Q4 2009 to $43 million in Q4 2010.

Operating income from temporary...

Ireland – CPL's revenues up by +22%

27 January 2011

Revenues were up by +22% from 91.4 million Euro in H2 2009 to 111.9 million Euro in H2 2010 at CPL Resources Plc. (DQ5:ISE), the Ireland-based staffing group.

Interim results for the 6 months ended 31 December 2010 reveal that gross profit was up from 12.9 million Euro in H2 2009 to 17.1 million Euro...