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Europe – Germany wants an end to automatic wage indexation

6 February 2011

The German government will propose a comprehensive anti-crisis package to a summit meeting of European Union (EU) countries later this week. This includes a call for an end to wage indexation in a number of EU member states such as Belgium, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta where wages for many groups of...

Europe – Agency staffing sector up by +23% y-o-y in October 2010

6 February 2011

The Agency Work Business Indicator (AWBI) for January 2011 published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) reveals that the agency work industry in Europe grew by +23% in October 2010 compared with the same period in 2009.

The agency work industry in Europe entered the...

UK – Majority of regional staffing agencies found in breach of the law

3 February 2011

The majority of 52 Exeter employment agencies visited by National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Employment Agency Standards (EAS) enforcement officers this week have been found in breach of employment laws.

17 officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC-NMW) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

UK – More than 150,000 jobs at risk in the public sector due to spending cuts

3 February 2011

The GMB union has published a list of 150,059 public sector jobs at 260 Local Authorities, which are under threat due to the government's spending cuts.

In nearly all these councils a 90 day statutory consultation period is underway on how to deal with these job losses. Most councils have given notice...

UK – Allegis buys Aston Carter

2 February 2011

Allegis, the largest privately owned staffing company in the world, has acquired Aston Carter, the recruitment firm which specialises in consultancy, finance and IT, from venture capitalists Baird Capital Partners Europe, the Financial Times reports.

Baird bought a majority stake in Aston Carter for 13...

UK – Kellan Group expects to break even in H2 2010

2 February 2011

The Kellan Group Plc (KLN:LSE), the IT, accountancy, hospitality, leisure and professional services recruitment group, has issued a trading update for the financial year of 2010. The company says in a statement:

"After reporting a loss at EBITA level of 419,000 Pounds during the first half of 2010,...

Germany – One in three job offers is in agency temporary employment

2 February 2011

A new report on agency temporary employment published by the Federal Agency for Labour (BA), reveals that in June 2010 there were 16,100 staffing agencies in Germany, 63% of which were solely engaged in temporary employment.

One in three of all jobs offered by the government's job centres (Arbeitsamt)...

Italy – Agency temporary employment up by +27% y-o-y in December 2010

2 February 2011

According to the latest data published by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp), the seasonally adjusted amount of wages paid to agency temporary employees was up by +27% in December 2010 compared to December 2009.


Germany – Unemployment up in January 2011 but down seasonally adjusted

2 February 2011

The latest Labour Market Report published by the Federal Agency for Labour (BA), shows that unemployment was up by +331,000 individuals to 3.347 million in January 2011 when compared to the previous month.

Year-on-year, unemployment was down by -270,000 individuals in January 2011 when compared to January...

World – Growth of production and new orders lead to record job creation in January 2011

2 February 2011

The Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) published by economic research firm Markit on behalf of JPMorgan rose to a nine-month high of 57.2 in January 2011, up from 55.6 in December 2010. The PMI has remained above the neutral 50.0 mark, signalling expansion, for 19 consecutive months....