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Switzerland — Slight recovery of the labour market

3 November 2009

The latest figures released by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), show that the employment situation in the country shows a slight improvement but is still noticeably negative. The so-called KOF employment index reached -7.2 points in October 2009. This is an improvement...


Germany — Temporary employment forecast to grow noticeably next year

2 November 2009

Vera Calasan, the new Managing Director of Manpower Deutschland, told German Press Agency (DPA), that "companies have realised during the crisis that flexibility is key to their success. After a downturn this year, temporary employment is going to grow noticeably next year and will very soon reac...


Europe — Euro area unemployment at highest level since 1999

2 November 2009

According to Eurostat ( the Statistical Office of the European Communities), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the euro area (EA16) was 9.7% in September 2009, compared with 9.6% in August. It was 7.7% in September 2008. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.2% in September 2009, compared...


France — Second job is none of the employer's business

2 November 2009

The French High Court (Cour de Cassation) has decided that a part-time worker who wishes to work for another employer during this spare time does not have to ask his current employer for his agreement. The decision is based on the fundamental principle of the "free execution of a professional ac...


Spain — Growth sectors rely on temporary employees

2 November 2009

In the country with more than double the average European unemployment rate, it comes as a surprise that several large international corporations have decided to go for growth. Furniture giant Ikea has decided to open several new superstores in Spain and will need to employ an extra 20,000 peop...


Portugal — New sanctions for social security evasion on temporary staff

2 November 2009

New legislation on social security contributions (Codigo Contributivo), to become effective from January 2010, will give the Portuguese government the right to sanction employers who have not registered temporary and contract staff with the social security authorities. Social security payments e...


UK/Poland — BPCC warns against AWD

30 October 2009

The British Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) has expressed its concerns about the new legislation on temporary workers' rights in the UK. The EU Agency Workers Directive (AWD), which was passed in 2002, and from which the UK had opted out, will finally become implemented into English law. The...


Germany — Unemployment down on previous month but up on previous year

30 October 2009

According to the latest statistics from the Federal Agency for Labour (BA), unemployment fell in October by -118,000 to 3.229 million people. The unemployment rate in October fell by -0.3 percentage points to 7.7%. However, when compared to October 2008, unemployment is still up by 232,000 indi...


Western Europe - Latest Research

30 October 2009

This is the latest research from Western Europe. WE Insight - Largest Staffing Firms in France - October 2008 This French overview is our fourth in a series of Lists, which focus on the largest staffing firms by country and within certain industry sectors (such as IT and accounting/finance etc...


Western Europe - Latest Research

30 October 2009

 VMS/MSP is becoming a vital component of the staffing sector. Members only can read our European report by clicking here.