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Eastern Europe — Russian oligarch proposes labour legislation reform

20 April 2010

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who heads the Labour Committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, has proposed to alter Russian labour law, which currently provides for an eight hour workday and limits total overtime to 120 hours per year or approximately 2.5 hours per week....

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20 April 2010

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UK — Hung parliament could stifle 'green shoots' in construction and manufacturing

20 April 2010

Research carried out by de Poel, the expert procurers of temporary agency labour, reveals that temporary agency labour usage in the construction sector has seen a +101% increase since January 2010, indicating that the industry is seeing a rapid recovery from the economic downturn. The manufacturi...

UK — IES reveals key policy whitepaper for employment and skills

20 April 2010

Ahead of the May election, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has unveiled the priorities that need to be tackled by the next government to raise employment and skill levels across the UK. The IES whitepaper identifies half a dozen policy issues that will be first across the desks of Min...

UK — Immediate spending cuts would threaten the recovery, says CIPD

19 April 2010

With the latest official unemployment figures due to be released this week, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) today publishes an assessment of the policies for economic recovery and jobs contained in the General Election manifestos of the three main UK political parties....

UK — Scottish labour market recovery continued in March 2010

19 April 2010

The Bank of Scotland Labour Market Barometer published today, signals a fourth straight improvement in job market conditions. Although the index posted the highest reading in over two years, at 54.2, up from 52.9, it remained below its UK equivalent (compiled from data produced in the KPMG/REC Re...

Italy — Insurance and engineering the most sought after in 2010

19 April 2010

According to research carried out by staffing group Randstad Italy, insurance and services sales people will be the most sought after workers this year. Second in line are financial and business positions such as controllers and payroll officers. In third place come engineers, especially those...

G20 countries — Governments must tackle rising youth unemployment, says OECD

19 April 2010

A new working paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), published in advance of the G-20* Labour Ministerial in Washington D.C. (20-21 April 2010), states that "the short term prospects for youth unemployment in the OECD countries remain rather gloomy." Unemploy...

Germany — Temporary employment sector must not be destroyed, says Minister

19 April 2010

Employment Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, is determined that the temporary employment sector in Germany should resolve the issues it is currently facing without government intervention but she is prepared to intervene as a measure of last resort. Von der Leyen told German daily Die Welt "I hope...

Europe — Debt troubles will create a two-speed Eurozone

16 April 2010

According to the latest Eurozone Forecast Spring 2010, published today by Ernst & Young, countries in the Eurozone started to emerge from recession earlier than many other major developed economies. Germany and France returned to positive growth in 2009 Q2, ahead of the US, with the Eurozone as...