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UK – Glass ceiling for women reduces profitability

22 February 2011

73% of women believe the glass ceiling exists and say there are still barriers for women looking to be appointed to senior management and board level positions in the UK, according to research by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). In contrast, just 38% of men believe there is a glass ceiling....

Germany – Minimum wage agreed for temporary employees

21 February 2011

The coalition government (Conservatives and Free Democrats) and the Social Democrat opposition have finally agreed on a nationally binding minimum wage for temporary employees, which is to come into effect on 1 May 2011 when the German labour market opens up to staffing agencies from Eastern European...

UK – HCL drama continues

21 February 2011

Alan Walker has announced his resignation as chairman of the beleaguered staffing firm Healthcare Locums (HCL) together with Alasdair Liddel, who is stepping down from his position as Non-Executive Director, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports.

HCL suspended Executive Vice-Chairman Kate Bleasdale and...

Germany – Business climate improves further

21 February 2011

The latest Business Climate Index for German industry and trade published by research institute IFO rose in February 2011 for the ninth time in succession. More companies have reported a better business situation than in the previous month. With regard to their business prospects for the coming six months,...

France – Output growth at 6-months high

21 February 2011

The latest Flash France Composite Output Index published by research firm Markit, based on around 85% of normal monthly survey replies, signalled the fastest growth of French private sector output for six months in February 2011. The headline index posted 59.5, up from 57.6 in January 2011.

The improved...

Switzerland – Economic outlook unchanged in February

21 February 2011

The economic outlook for Switzerland in February 2011 was virtually the same as in the previous month. The relevant Credit Suisse ZEW Indicator edged up marginally by 1.2 points, reaching the -17.2 mark. Overall, 11.4% (+6.1 percentage points) of the experts surveyed forecast an improvement in economic...

UK – Private sector reluctant to take on ex-public sector workers

21 February 2011

The latest Barclays Corporate Job Creation Survey 2011 based on interviews with 500 executives of UK businesses of all sizes reveals that the majority of firms plan to create new jobs this year, but only if sales grow first.

57% of companies said they planned to create jobs over the coming 12 months.


Netherlands – Skilled migrants scheme under review

21 February 2011

The immigration service is to step up its checks on the salaries paid to workers under the skilled migrants scheme to make sure the system is not being abused, Immigration Minister Gerd Leers said last week.

People who come to the Netherlands as highly-skilled migrants and are aged 30+ years have to earn...

Portugal – New HSE guide for temporary employment

21 February 2011

The Association of Private Employment Agencies (Apespe) has published a new Guide on Health and Safety at Work (HSE).

The guide is designed as a tool for staffing agencies and final employers to enable them to form strategies on the prevention of accidents at work.

The guide is also available to temporary...

Germany – 91% support equal pay for equal work

18 February 2011

The negotiations between the coalition government and the main opposition party on how to deal with the opening of the labour market to temporary staffing agencies from Eastern European member states of the European Union on 1 May 2011 have become a farce.

In order to prevent so-called 'wage dumping'...