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14 May, 2012

Workplace Sickness

The EEF employers’ group said that there had been a decline in short-term absence over the past five years.  However, the overall sickness absence rate had flattened off in 2011 and remained unchanged from 2010 at 2.2%.   EEF chief medical adviser Prof Sayeed Khan said a “fresh approach” was...

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11 May, 2012

Eurozone economy to shrink

Latest reports suggest the eurozone economy is forecast to shrink this year as its debt crisis continues to bite.  The prediction of a 0.3% contraction in 2012 in the economies of the 17 countries that use the euro. European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn said “a...

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10 May, 2012

Association of Recruitment Consultancies

The latest KPMG.REC report on jobs, which tells us that unemployment is continuing to rise despite a small increase in permanent placements, signals an end to the myth that regulation does not stifle growth. Historically the temping industry has worked well to help employers, never more so than at...

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10 May, 2012

UK HR Directors

Nearly three in four (72%) UK HR directors are concerned about losing top performers from their companies over the coming year, and in a bid to retain staff, are offering other incentives – other than financial remuneration – such as remote-working, according to a study by OfficeTeam, a leading...

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10 May, 2012

UK Company Growth

Almost half of UK companies have experienced an unexpected change in leadership in the last 12 months with some stating a detrimental effect on business. Almost 1 in 5 (19%) said that it had caused a loss of or slowed growth due to a lack of leadership or direction....

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09 May, 2012

German exports rise

Exports were up a seasonally adjusted 0.9% over the month, following a 1.5% increase in February.  German firms had the most success in markets outside the European Union, where they recorded growth of 6.1% compared with the year before.  The seasonally-adjusted trade surplus remained flat at 13.7bn euros from...

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09 May, 2012

Employment Index Results

The United States eQuest Employment Index showed a minimal gain in the month of April moving from 106.26 to 106.42.   The April gain was achieved with a small increase in overall job postings across most tracked industries but led by a large jump in the retail sector.  Energy and...

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08 May, 2012

Growing confidence among business services sector

While official figures show the UK economy contracted in the first quarter of the year, data from the business services sector in the Business Factors Index from Bibby Financial Services shows more positive activity for the period. Increases in new customers, orders and business enquiries contributed to firms enjoying...

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08 May, 2012

Government to think of SMEs

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech next week, the Forum of Private Business has urged the Government to ensure the Groceries Code Adjudicator has the necessary power to fine supermarkets who unfairly abuse their suppliers, and to ensure new laws on parental leave don’t unfairly harm small business, particularly with...

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04 May, 2012

Jobs Growth

The number of new job opportunities available in April showed steady year-on-year growth, in spite of a contracting economy during the first quarter of 2012. The Reed Job Index of new vacancies showed a seven per cent rise compared to April 2011, although the Easter holidays prompted a six...

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