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Ireland — Weekly earnings down by 1.1% in year to Q2 2009

23 December 2009

  A new survey by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Earnings Hours and Employment Costs (EHECS), covering all sectors of the economy other than agriculture, forestry and fishing, shows that average weekly earnings fell overall by 1.1% from 706.03 Euro in Q2 2008 to 698.43 Euro in Q2 2009. T...


France — Immigrant workers without papers continue to cause disruption

23 December 2009

  Since mid-October 2009 several thousand immigrant workers without official papers (Sans Papiers) have been occupying temporary staffing agencies and work sites with the support of 11 unions and associations in order to obtain clear guidance from the government for local authorities on how to t...


Netherlands — 60% of workers prefer a bonus to a Christmas present

22 December 2009

  A new survey by staffing agency Unique (subsidiary of USG People) reveals that more than 60% of workers prefer to receive a Christmas bonus from their employers rather than a Christmas present. In 2008 this choice amounted to only 48%. Only 24% of employees prefer to receive a Christmas prese...


Netherlands — 60% of workers prefer a bonus to a Christmas present

22 December 2009

A new survey by staffing agency Unique (subsidiary of USG People) reveals that more than 60% of workers prefer to receive a Christmas bonus from their employers rather than a Christmas present. In 2008 this choice amounted to only 48%. Only 24% of employees prefer to receive a Christmas present...


UK — CBI predicts wage freezes and further job losses for 2010

22 December 2009

  The latest economic forecast by employer organisation 'Confederation of British Industry' (CBI) predicts that the recession will end when UK growth resumes in the fourth quarter of this year (0.5% quarter-on-quarter), helped by consumers bringing their spending forward to beat the VAT rise. S...


Germany — Shortage of 3 million staff expected by 2015

22 December 2009

  A new report by Prognos for the Association of the Bavarian Economy (VBW) reveals that Germany is heading for a massive shortage of skilled and unskilled workers by the year 2015, Handelsblatt reports. VBW President, Bertram Brossardt, said "it is more than surprising that the worst economic...


UK — CBI predicts wage freezes and further job losses for 2010

22 December 2009

The latest economic forecast by employer organisation 'Confederation of British Industry' (CBI) predicts that the recession will end when UK growth resumes in the fourth quarter of this year (0.5% quarter-on-quarter), helped by consumers bringing their spending forward to beat the VAT rise. Subs...


Germany — Shortage of 3 million staff expected by 2015

22 December 2009

A new report by Prognos for the Association of the Bavarian Economy (VBW) reveals that Germany is heading for a massive shortage of skilled and unskilled workers by the year 2015, Handelsblatt reports. VBW President, Bertram Brossardt, said "it is more than surprising that the worst economic cri...


France — Finance, IT and sales are doing well in the crisis

21 December 2009

  Even though the economic crisis has hit France hard, staffing agencies have identified three industry sectors, which are holding up remarkably well. Isabelle Rivard of staffing agency Expectra told French daily L'Express, that "financial management, especially credit management and debt recov...


UK — REC appoints new regional director and executive for Northern Ireland

21 December 2009

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has appointed a new regional director for Northern Ireland and an executive committee to drive forward the recruitment industry's voice in the province. The new regional director is Jim Berrisford, owner of Berrisford Recruitment Search Consult...