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Belgium — Randstad apologises for discriminatory job advertisement

13 October 2010

Staffing group Randstad Belgium has apologised for the wording of a job advertisement for a welding job, Belgian business daily Express reports.

The advertisement published on behalf of a Belgian metal firm stated that "the ex-employees of DAF are not eligible because they have a totally different approach...

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13 October 2010

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Italy — Number of temporary employees up by +21% y-o-y in August 2010

13 October 2010

According to the latest data published by Ebitemp, the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions, the seasonally adjusted amount of money paid to temporary employees was up by +24% in August 2010 compared to August 2009.

Month-on-month, the amount...

Germany — Employer President calls for minimum wage for temporary employees

13 October 2010

The debate among employers, unions and the government about the introduction of a legally binding minimum wage for temporary employees is hotting up.

Dieter Hundt, the President of the Association of German Employers (BDA), of all people, has now called for a minimum wage in the face of the opening...

Europe — Volt names Richard Herring as Managing Director Europe and Southeast Asia

13 October 2010

The European staffing business unit of Volt Information Sciences, the global talent acquisition and technology specialist, has announced the promotion of Richard Herring to Managing Director. Mr. Herring will be responsible for Volt's staffing operations in Europe and Southeast Asia. Herring, who has...

World — Global job creation grinds to near-halt in September

13 October 2010

The JPMorgan Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey, compiled by Markit, showed employment barely rose for the second successive month in September 2010, with the rate of job creation slipping closer to stagnation.

Comparisons of the PMI with official labour market data suggest that global employment...

UK — Unemployment falls slightly to 7.7% in three months to August 2010

13 October 2010

The latest Labour Market Statistics published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to August 2010 was 70.7%, up +0.2 on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over increased by 178,000 on...

World — Economic participation of women is key for future growth

13 October 2010

The World Economic Forum's latest Global Gender Gap Report shows that women are still falling behind men when it comes to economic participation.

Manpower Inc., a partner of the Forum's Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme, echoed the annual report's call for a true gender revolution to mobilise...

France — Open-ended strike against raising retirement age

13 October 2010

French commuters face a second day of chaos today as unions pressed on with an open-ended strike against the government's plan to raise the retirement age by two years, the Press Association reports.

Yesterday 1.2 million people marched in protest, according to police figures. Unions put the figures...

Europe — Agency work promotes job mobility, says Eurociett

12 October 2010

A new leaflet published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), presents best-practice examples illustrating how the agency work industry provides access to the labour market, facilitates transitions in the labour market and supports the re-integration of long-term unemployed...