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New Zealand – AWF Group acquires white collar staffing firm

2 October 2013

New Zealand-based blue-collar temporary staffing provider AWF Group (AWF: NZSX ) has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Maddison Recruitment Ltd and Madison Force Ltd, known collectively as the Madison Group.AWF Group will acquire the Madison Group for a maximum purchase price...


Singapore – Employment policy to exacerbate talent struggle

2 October 2013

Singapore’s latest employment measure promises to aggravate the already intense talent war, according to campaignasia.com. The new policy, which is scheduled to take effect next August, requires companies in Singapore to try to source employment candidates in Singapore before looking to recruit f...


Australia – Broker slams inadequate recruitment firms

2 October 2013

A Western Australian insurance broker has spoken of his frustration at recruitment agencies charging thousands of dollars to fill high-salary positions in the insurance industry with drastically under experienced applicants, reports insurancebusinessonline.com.au.Central Insurance Brokers over th...


Australia – Job seeker demands to view recruitment agency files

2 October 2013

Despite a solid CV that is currently on-file with a slew of recruiters, Adam Ezekiel, a former chief technology officer for an online shopping start-up is unable to find a job, reports theage.com.au. With more than 17 years of high-tech experience, Mr Ezekiel has founded two software ventures, be...


Asia Pacific – Pontoon appoints President

2 October 2013

Workforce solutions company Pontoon (part of Adecco) have announced the appointment of Rishi Kapoor as President of their APAC division. Mr Rishi will be responsible for driving sales and operational delivery for Pontoon across India, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australasia, and the broad...


World – Skills mismatch a global problem

1 October 2013

The causes of unemployment go beyond the state of the economy. Unemployment and unfilled vacancy numbers are rising across global markets and the global education systems are failing to deliver the requisite skills and talents to employers, according to a new report from recruitment firm Hay...


China – Overseas recruitment list to be created

1 October 2013

China will publish a list of work skills most in demand to aid recruitment from overseas, a top official in charge of foreign affairs has revealed, reports china.org.cn. Speaking ahead of the 2013 Friendship Award ceremony on Saturday, Liu Yanguo, deputy director of the State Administration of Fo...


Hong Kong – Employees increasingly disconnected at work

1 October 2013

Many employees in Hong Kong have become disengaged from their work, with less than half feeling valued by their employers. Almost one-in-two workers say that they frequently think about quitting, according to the latest survey results from global workforce solutions provider, Kelly Services, repo...


Hong Kong – Heidrick & Struggles appoints first female Global Managing Partner in Asia

1 October 2013

Executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles International (HSII: NSDQ), announced that Karen Fifer has been appointed to lead the Global Consumer Markets Practice in Hong Kong, where she will also serve on the firm's operating committee.Jory J. Marino, Interim CEO, Heidrick...


Japan – J-Com’s revenue and profits fall

30 September 2013

Recruitment firm J-Com Holdings Ltd (2462: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 August 2013 of JPY 3.12 billion (USD 31.9 million), a decline of -26.8% compared with JPY 4.26 billion (USD 43.5 million) a year ago. The company’s operating profit for the period declined significantl...