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France — Unemployment rises very modestly in November

28 December 2009

  The latest monthly unemployment figures published by DARES on behalf of the French National Jobcentres (Pole Emploi) show a modest unemployment rise of 3,100 or 0.1% in November 2009 compared to the previous month. Year-on-year unemployment was up by 22.1% in November 2009 when compared to th...


UK — Purchase of Shares in Close Period

28 December 2009

Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE) announces that it has entered into an irrevocable arrangement with Citigroup Global Markets U.K. Equity Limited to purchase on its behalf ordinary shares in Michael Page International Plc during the close period relating to the year ending 31 December 2009...


Spain — Unemployment expected to rise to 4.5 million

28 December 2009

  The latest labour Euro Index (Euroindice) published by IESE Business School on behalf of Adecco Spain reveals that youth unemployment (under 25 year olds) in Spain in the third quarter of 2009 had reached 38.6% whilst unemployment for the over 25 year olds was 15.6%. These are the highest unem...


UK — Purchase of Shares in Close Period

28 December 2009

  Michael Page International Plc (MPI:LSE) announces that it has entered into an irrevocable arrangement with Citigroup Global Markets U.K. Equity Limited to purchase on its behalf ordinary shares in Michael Page International Plc during the close period relating to the year ending 31 December 2...


UK — REC concerned about the workability of pension schemes for temporary employees

28 December 2009

  The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) External Relations team has rounded off the year with a concerted campaign on the new pensions provisions which will apply to the temporary workforce from 2012. It is envisaged that all employers will automatically enrol workers into a pens...


UK — REC concerned about the workability of pension schemes for temporary employees

28 December 2009

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) External Relations team has rounded off the year with a concerted campaign on the new pensions provisions which will apply to the temporary workforce from 2012. It is envisaged that all employers will automatically enrol workers into a pension...


UK — Undercover temporary employees witness Royal Mail chaos

28 December 2009

  Two Daily Mail reporters who worked undercover as temporary employees at two separate Royal Mail depots during the peak period before Christmas have witnessed scenes of utter chaos and mis-management. The British Post Office has recently been faced with a series of enormous problems from a 10...


UK — Feud over Supporta acquisition

24 December 2009

  Allied Healthcare International Inc. (AHCI:NSQ), the US quoted provider of healthcare staffing services in the UK, has reacted to speculation in the press regarding a potential cash offer for Supporta Plc. (SOR:LSE), the diversified support services group. Allied Healthcare says in a statemen...


Germany — Unemployment projections for 2010 massively reduced

24 December 2009

Instead of the forecast 4.5 to 5 million unemployed people in Germany expected for 2010 earlier this year, the Institute for Economics (ifo) has reduced their predictions to 3.6 million. Professor Hans-Werner Sinn, the head of ifo, told BILD "we are experiencing a small miracle in the German lab...


Austria — Wearing the burka prevents women from getting a job, says Minister

24 December 2009

  Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Minister for women, regards the wearing of the burka as 'one step too far' and believes that banning it would give Muslim women easier access to the labour market, das Journal reports. Carla Amina Baghajati, spokeswoman for the Islamic community in Austria explains...