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28 Jun, 2012

German unemployment rate rises to 6.8%

According to offical figures, the number of people out of work in Germany rose by 7,000 in June to give a jobless rate of 6.8% of the workforce.  However, the relatively modest rise left the percentage of the workforce without a job unchanged.   The German Employment Agency’s figures recorded...

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27 Jun, 2012

London Games 2012

With a month to go, a CBI survey of more than 250 London companies reveals that the majority are positive about the 2012 Games. Nearly all firms (92%) think that hosting the Olympics and Paralympics will help promote London internationally, three-quarters (76%) think they will boost tourism, and 63%...

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25 Jun, 2012

Graduate Prospects

Higher university fees and a difficult jobs market could make education fraud more widespread, reports a survey by Graduate Prospects as it launches a new degree verification service with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Universities UK. Graduate Prospects, the leading provider of graduate careers advice,...

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25 Jun, 2012

British jobseekers

British jobseekers are too reserved to effectively sell themselves while job hunting, according to new research from Gumtree.com.  Employers claim that nearly half (42 per cent) of job candidates regularly undersell themselves, and a third of job seekers (28 per cent) downplay their skills and capabilities in interviews*. 92...

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22 Jun, 2012

German businesses worries about Eurozone crisis

German businesses are increasingly worried about the impact of the eurozone crisis, a survey suggests. The business climate had worsened in the past month, according to the Ifo index of business sentiment, which fell to its lowest level since March 2010.   The drop in expectations for the six months...

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21 Jun, 2012

Public sector employers

Public sector organisations face increased problems in recruiting and retaining staff, particularly at a senior level, as skilled individuals shy away from the sector as the impact of the cuts is felt and the image of the sector wanes. These are the top line findings of the annual Chartered...

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20 Jun, 2012

Young people ill equipped to find suitable careers

As the Office for National Statistics releases its latest batch of unemployment figures, a new report published today reveals that far too many young people are ill informed about their career options. New joint research from the Financial Skills Partnership and Career Academies UK, based on a survey of...

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20 Jun, 2012

UK unemployment falls

Unemployment in the UK fell by 51,000 to 2.61 million in the three months to April, official figures have shown. The jobless rate fell to 8.2%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. But the claimant count – the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – increased by 8,100...

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18 Jun, 2012

Gender balance in the boardroom

Is gender imbalance on company boards an EU issue, or should it be a matter for national governments? What is the case for gender diversity on boards? Does it bring economic benefits, does it benefit corporate culture, or is it simply the right thing to do? These questions and...

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18 Jun, 2012

Permanent placements increase

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs signalled a further improvement to the Scottish labour market in May. Both permanent and temporary placements rose strongly over the month, but at sharply reduced rates from the highs recorded in April. Recruitment firms generally attributed higher staff placements to greater...

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15 Jun, 2012

Health benefits

Organisations reviewing their benefits packages are most likely to be scrutinising their health benefits provision, according to research from HR specialists XpertHR. Based on a survey of 356 organisations’ benefits packages, the research reveals that health benefits feature among the most popular benefits on offer. Private medical insurance is...

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14 Jun, 2012

Rigorous compliance

Recruiters voted unanimously to introduce a rigorous new compliance regime at the Annual General Meeting of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) today. The new compliance regime which received formal approval at this morning’s AGM means that from 1st July 2012 all recruitment agencies wishing to obtain REC membership...

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14 Jun, 2012

European governments

Although many governments around Europe took drastic action to control public spending in the midst of the last recession, austerity measures have eased considerably over the last year. In Latvia, for instance, where between 2008 and 2010 the government cut civil service jobs by 10% and slashed public sector...

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11 Jun, 2012

UK Business prospects have improved

A survey of UK businesses says short-term business prospects have improved, with the consensus on current trading levels at a 12-month high. However the eurozone crisis may harm longer-term growth, says the report on the survey by the Centre for Economic and Business Research for business services firm BDO...

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08 Jun, 2012

French Economy

There has been mixed news on the outlook for the eurozone’s biggest economies. The Bank of France expects the French economy to contract by 0.1% between April and June this year, having predicted that there would be zero growth less than a month ago. But the German central bank...

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