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Spain — Three out of four employers expect 2010 to be similar to or worse than 2009

12 January 2010

A new survey carried out by the Spanish subsidiary of staffing giant Adecco among 1,000 Spanish employers reveals that 40% believe that the economic recovery will not happen until 2011. A further 25.1% believe that it will happen in 2012 and 31.4% don't expect it to arrive until 2013. 77.4% of e...


Europe — Online recruitment activity stays level in December

12 January 2010

  The latest Monster Employment Index Europe compiled by Monster Worldwide Inc. reveals that online recruitment activity held steady at the end of 2009, as businesses maintained their recruitment levels during the busy holiday season. Despite the flat reading, the Index noted three percent grow...


France — Temporary employment down by 28.7% in 2009

11 January 2010

  According to the latest statistics published by the Association of Temporary employment Agencies (PRISME), temporary employment in 2009 was down by 28.7% or 175,000 job losses. This compares to a fall of 8.3% in 2008 or 55,000 job losses. In total, 230,000 jobs have been lost in the temporary...


Germany — Pension age of 67 is unavoidable says Minister

11 January 2010

  After the decision of the Dutch government to extend the legal pension age from 65 to 67 over a period of time, the German government is now considering to do the same thing. The German Minister for Labour, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) told Bild-Zeitung, "the pension age of 67 is unavo...


Netherlands — Top civil servant criticised for comments on unemployment benefit

11 January 2010

  The recent comments by the most senior civil servant at the Economic Affairs Ministry, Secretary General Chris Buijink, that a reduction in the length of time income-related unemployment benefit is paid would be an important stimulus to find new work, particular among older workers, have been...


Europe — Euro area unemployment up to 10% in November 2009

11 January 2010

The latest unemployment figures published by the Statistics Office of the European Union (Eurostat) reveal that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in the 16 EU countries which have the Euro as their legal tender (EA16) in November 2009, compared with 9.9% in October. It was 8.0%...


UK — Under 35s twice as likely to call in sick

11 January 2010

  New research by recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) firm Elemense (part of AIM listed Matchtech Plc) among 1,086 working adults aged 18+ shows that workers aged under 35 are twice as likely as their older colleagues to be off work in the winter because they are 'under the weather'. They are...


Germany — Pension age of 67 is unavoidable says Minister

11 January 2010

  After the decision of the Dutch government to extend the legal pension age from 65 to 67 over a period of time, the German government is now considering to do the same thing. The German Minister for Labour, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) told Bild-Zeitung, "the pension age of 67 is unavo...


UK — Under 35s twice as likely to call in sick

11 January 2010

  New research by recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) firm Elemense (part of AIM listed Matchtech Plc) among 1,086 working adults aged 18+ shows that workers aged under 35 are twice as likely as their older colleagues to be off work in the winter because they are 'under the weather'. They are...


Europe — Euro area unemployment up to 10% in November 2009

11 January 2010

  The latest unemployment figures published by the Statistics Office of the European Union (Eurostat) reveal that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in the 16 EU countries which have the Euro as their legal tender (EA16) in November 2009, compared with 9.9% in October. It was 8....