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UK – Output growth rebounds

14 February 2011

Business activity across the English regions recovered strongly in January 2011 after the severe weather disruptions during December 2010, today's release of the regional Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, compiled by research firm Markit on behalf of Lloyds TSB, suggests.

Faster growth of output...

UK – Private sector job creation picks up

14 February 2011

Redundancies look set to rise sharply in the first quarter of 2011 in the public sector as government cuts bite, according to this quarter's Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and KPMG, but job creation in the private sector offers some hope to the...

Germany – Don't compare apples with pears, BZA tells the unions

11 February 2011

The Association of Recruitment Agencies (BZA) has commented on a new report published by the Federation of German Unions (DGB) entitled 'Low pay and wage dumping in temporary employment', which BZA describes as "containing incorrect information and semi-truths.

The DGB research states that agency...

France – Agency employment up +20.9%

11 February 2011

The latest statistics published today by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Research (Insee), reveal that agency temporary employment was up by an estimated +4.2% or up by +24,000 individuals to 596,300 in Q4 2010 when compared to Q3 2010.

This quarter-on-quarter growth was slightly faster...

Spain – 90.8% of new employment contracts are temporary

11 February 2011

The total number of employment contracts signed was down from 1,189,818 in December 2010 to 1,116,019 in January 2011, the latest data published by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) shows.

Out of all employment contracts signed in January 2011 only 102,733 were permanent employment...

Spain – Low acceptance of delayed retirement age

11 February 2011

Only 4% of Spaniards are willing to retire after the current retirement age of 65, which is under review by the government, new research carried out by staffing agency Randstad Spain among 790 Spanish workers aged between 18 and 60 reveals.

50.44% of workers would, in fact, prefer to retire before the...

Belgium – Slower rise in youth unemployment

11 February 2011

4,488,000 people residing in Belgium were employed and 424,000 were unemployed in the third quarter of 2010, according to the latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Belgium (Statbel).

The employment rate was 62.0%, the unemployment rate was 8.7% and the economic activity rate was 67.9%.


Greece – Unemployment rises to 13.9%

11 February 2011

The unemployment rate in November 2010 was 13.9% compared to 10.6% in November 2009 and 13.5% in October 2010, the latest Labour Force Survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority reveals.

The number of employed amounted to 4,307,054 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 692,577...

France – Crit's revenues up +16.3%

10 February 2011

Revenues were up by +16.3% from 298 million Euro in Q4 2009 to 346.7 million Euro in Q4 2010 at Groupe CRIT (CEN:PAR), the France-based temporary employment and airport assistance specialist.

Interim results for the fourth quarter of 2010, published last night, reveal that revenues generated from temporary...

Europe – Hudson Highland's revenues up +20%

10 February 2011

Revenues were up by +20% from $182.5 million in Q4 2009 to $219.1 million in Q4 2010 at Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (HHGP:NMQ), the US-based international provider of permanent staffing, contract staffing and talent management services. Compared to Q3 2010, revenues were up by +9.3%.

Financial results...