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Ireland – GDP forecast to grow +1.8%

8 February 2011

The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), has published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook, which said that despite ongoing and very serious challenges, the economy had stabilised and the export-led recovery remains on track. The group said that tackling unemployment and bedding down...

Europe – Nobel Laureate confirmed for Staffing Industry Analysts Conference

8 February 2011

It was announced today that the 2010 Nobel Prize winning labour economist, Professor Christopher Pissarides will be the keynote speaker at the CWS Summit - Amsterdam which is to be held on 20 to 21 June 2011 at the Hotel Okura, Amsterdam.

The CWS Summit is designed for those who are responsible for buying...

UK – HCL shareholders rebel against chairman

7 February 2011

A number of major shareholder at staffing agency Healthcare Locums (HCL) have drawn up the paperwork required to request an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to vote HCL Chairman Alan Walker of the board unless he resigns prior to the meeting, The Guardian newspaper reports.

The move follows last month's...

Eastern Europe – Slovakia expects up to +40% growth in temporary employment

7 February 2011

The Association of Employment Agencies in Slovakia (APAS), predicts that agency temporary employment will grow by between +20% and +25% in 2011 when compared to the previous year, specialist publication La Voce della Slovacchia reports.

Major growth in agency temporary employment is expected to occur...

Europe – Franco-German fiscal pact faces opposition

7 February 2011

After France and Germany presented plans for a fiscal union in Brussels, some European Union (EU) partners reportedly indicated reluctance to accept the proposals. But according to a clause in the Lisbon Treaty, not all countries would have to sign up for the union, say sources. 

Germany and France's...

UK – Output and employment improve at SMEs

7 February 2011

Smaller manufacturers saw production pick up in the three months to January, as domestic demand for UK-made goods improved, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said today, but firms are facing strong cost pressures, which are now feeding through to higher domestic and exported goods prices.


Switzerland – Economy expected to remain solid

7 February 2011

Swiss companies abide by a positive assessment of their business situation. Hence, further growth of the Swiss economy is expected to have occurred in the fourth quarter of 2010. This is the result of the KOF Business Tendency Surveys carried out in January 2011. Growth in individual sectors even accelerated,...

UK – Deferred bonuses questioned

7 February 2011

A new survey of over 1,000 banking staff questions the value of offering a deferred bonus. Survey findings from recruiting expert Hays Financial Markets show that 51% of the City's banking staff do not believe deferred bonuses support their organisation in terms of reducing risk, and most of those who...

France – New President at Prisme's Recruitment Commission

7 February 2011

Olivier Gélis, Managing Director of Robert Half International France, has succeeded Fabrice Lacombe, President of Michael Page France as new President of the Recruitment Commission of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).

In 2011 Prisme's Recruitment Commission...

Denmark – Jobindex's revenues up +84% in Q4 2010

7 February 2011

Revenues were up by +83% from 1.97 million Euro in Q4 2009 to 3.6 million Euro in Q4 2010 at Jobindex A/S (JOBNDX:CPH), the Denmark-based internet job board.

Preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2010 and the entire financial year of 2010 released today show that full-year revenues were up by...