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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....


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...


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 — Party Chairman criticises avoidance of minimum salary via in-house temporary staff

8 January 2010

  The systematic avoidance to pay sector-negotiated minimum salaries by some major German corporations is still causing great controversy in the country, Frankfurter Rundschau reports. Drugstore chain Schlecker stands accused of hiring temporary staff via their in-house temporary staffing agenc...


Switzerland — Unemployment at 12 year high but low in a European context

8 January 2010

The latest unemployment figures published today by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) reveal that seasonally adjusted unemployment was up at 4.2% in December 2009, which is the highest percentage since March 1998. Unadjusted unemployment rose to 4.4% from 4.2% in November 2009....


UK — InterQuest results in line with market expectations

8 January 2010

InterQuest Group (ITQ:LSE), the information technology recruitment firm, has issued a trading update for the year ended 31 December 2009. Full year results are expected to be in line with market expectations and the company continues to invest in the five new businesses which were started in 2009...


Netherlands — Concern about too generous unemployment benefits

8 January 2010

In his traditional New Year article published in 'Economisch Statistische Berichten' (ESB) the most senior civil servant at the Economic Affairs Ministry, Secretary General Chris Buijink, said that a reduction in the length of time income-related unemployment benefit is paid would be an important...