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Europe — Van Rompuy announces EU summit on the economy and employment

7 January 2010

The European Union's (EU) first full-time President, the former Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, has announced that he is summoning national heads of government to Brussels on 11 February 2010 for a special summit, which will concentrate on boosting the EU's competitiveness, economic gro...


UK — Hays reports stabilisation in demand in all major markets

7 January 2010

  Hays Plc (HAS:LSE), the specialist recruitment group, has today published a trade updating for the fourth quarter of 2009 ended 31 December. Like-for-like (LFL) organic net fee growth at constant currency was down by -30% in Q4 2009 compared to the same period last year. Permanent staffing LF...


UK — Today's unemployed must not become tomorrow's unemployable says Prince's Trust

7 January 2010

The latest 'YouGov Youth Index' published by the Prince's Trust, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to help young people, reveals that those out of work are significantly less happy with their health, friendships and family life than those in work. One in ten young people (11%) claim th...


Spain — Increase in unemployment slows down by 61% in December

6 January 2010

  The latest labour market statistics published by the Ministry for Labour and Immigration reveal that the month-on-month increase in unemployment in December 2009 was 61% lower than in the same period of 2008. Month-on-month unemployment rose by 1.4% or 54,657 people to 3,923,603 people. In 20...


Germany — Nightmare scenario of 4 million unemployed now unlikely

6 January 2010

  Following the better than expected unemployment figures published yesterday, most economic research institutes now believe that the dreaded threshold of 4 million unemployed will not be reached in Germany. Volker Treier, Chief Economist at the Federation of German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK)...


UK — REC backs food chain ombudsman proposals

6 January 2010

  The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed calls from Nick Herbert, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to set up a so-called 'Supermarket Ombudsman' to rule on disputes between supermarkets and their suppliers. Herbert told a farming confer...


Germany — Nightmare scenario of 4 million unemployed now unlikely

6 January 2010

Following the better than expected unemployment figures published yesterday, most economic research institutes now believe that the dreaded threshold of 4 million unemployed will not be reached in Germany. Volker Treier, Chief Economist at the Federation of German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) tol...


UK — Permanent placements and temporary billings up in December

6 January 2010

  The latest report on jobs published by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), based on data provided by recruitment companies reveals faster increases in both permanent and temporary/contract employment during December 2009. December data pointed to a fifth consecutive m...


Spain — Increase in unemployment slows down by 61% in December

6 January 2010

The latest labour market statistics published by the Ministry for Labour and Immigration reveal that the month-on-month increase in unemployment in December 2009 was 61% lower than in the same period of 2008. Month-on-month unemployment rose by 1.4% or 54,657 people to 3,923,603 people. In 2008...


UK — Permanent placements and temporary billings up in December

6 January 2010

The latest report on jobs published by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), based on data provided by recruitment companies reveals faster increases in both permanent and temporary/contract employment during December 2009. December data pointed to a fifth consecutive mont...