Unemployment levels in Europe may well be starting to fall but the recovery in the jobs market will be "long and slow", the chief executive of HR company ManpowerGroup has told CNBC.
"For Europe as a whole, we can expect a long and slow process of recovering the jobs that we lost during the recession," Jonas Prising, told CNBC Thursday.
Showing that unemployment in the 18-country euro zone is slowly decreasing, the jobless rate in the region stood at 11.5 percent in November 2014, according to the latest figures available from Eurostat, unchanged from October but slightly down from 11.9 percent the previous year.
While the lower unemployment rates were recorded in Austria and Germany (4.9 percent and 5 percent, respectively) unemployment is stubbornly high in Greece, where a quarter of all adults are unemployed, and in Spain where the jobless rate is almost 24 percent. Among young people, the figures rise substantially – in Greece, for example, almost half of all people aged 15-24 are without work.