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France — Open-ended strike against raising retirement age

13 October 2010

French commuters face a second day of chaos today as unions pressed on with an open-ended strike against the government's plan to raise the retirement age by two years, the Press Association reports.

Yesterday 1.2 million people marched in protest, according to police figures. Unions put the figures...

Europe — Agency work promotes job mobility, says Eurociett

12 October 2010

A new leaflet published by the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett), presents best-practice examples illustrating how the agency work industry provides access to the labour market, facilitates transitions in the labour market and supports the re-integration of long-term unemployed...

UK — Recovery slows in Q3 but double dip can be avoided, says BCC

12 October 2010

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), with over 5,000 business responses, suggest that the UK economy slowed considerably in the third quarter of 2010, following unusually strong growth recorded in the second quarter of the year. But UK growth remained...

Sweden — Economics Nobel prize awarded for labour market analysis

12 October 2010

Two Americans and a British-Cypriot economist have won the 2010 Nobel economics prize for developing a theory that helps explain why many people can remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies, Associated Press reports.

Federal Reserve board nominee Peter Diamond was honoured along with...

UK — 11.5% of households are workless

12 October 2010

A new report entitled 'More Producers Needed: why tackling workless households can lead to growth' published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), reveals that:

  • Of all the largest EU economies, the UK has the highest incidence of workless households (11.5% of all UK households are workless).
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UK — 80% of HR professionals have no idea about the AWR

12 October 2010

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has published a new update on the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR).

The AWR are due to come into force on 1 October 2011. They implement the Agency Workers Directive (Directive) which became European law in December 2008.

The new legislation...

OECD Countries — Stronger signs of peak in expansion

12 October 2010

OECD Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs, designed to provide early signals of turning points in business cycles) for August 2010 reinforce signals of slowing economic expansion already seen last month. The CLI for the OECD area decreased by -0.1 point in August 2010, marking the fourth month in a row...

Finland — Men with children fared well during the recession

12 October 2010

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), employment levels among fathers remained positive during the 2008 to 2009 recession. Although the recession had a negative impact on employment levels among men, the employment rate remained high among...

UK — Shortlist and judging panel for 2010 APSCo awards announced

12 October 2010

The finalists for the 2010 APSCo Staffing Industry Awards have been unveiled, with the winners to be announced on 26 November at the APSCo ball.

The shortlisted companies will attend a Q&A session with judging panel, which will decide the winners following face-to-face interviews. The winners will be...

Europe — Online recruitment opportunities up by +21% y-o-y in September

12 October 2010

The latest Monster Employment Index Europe published today by job board Monster Worldwide Inc, shows that across Europe, there is a cautious hint of improvement, with external indicators such as business and consumer confidence reaching three year highs. The Index is beginning to mirror this sentiment...