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Japan – Recruit Co. Holdings reportedly proposes takeover of Freelancer.com

10 September 2013

Japanese human resources and job site firm Recruit Co. Holdings Ltd has made a takeover bid of AUD 432 million (USD 400 million) for Freelancer.com, the Australian online job outsourcing platform, according to the AustralianFinancial Review.Although Recruit Co. Holdings’ policy is not to comment...


India – Contract workers bearing the brunt of redundancies

10 September 2013

Employment creation in India’s eight key industrial sectors, for the three months ending 30 June 2013, slumped compared with the previous quarter, according to new employment data released by the Labour Bureau, showing the extent of the downturn in the economy.The survey, which covered 2,300 indu...


Nepal – Government planning to resume issuing licences to recruitment agencies

10 September 2013

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has referred a new draft of guidelines for recruitment agencies to the Nepalese Cabinet, according to the Kathmandu Post. The guidelines, which are expected to incorporate new rules and regulations for recruitment agencies, will potentially resume the...


Australia – 457 visa programme backtrack possible under new government

10 September 2013

There is a chance that the recent changes to highly skilled, temporary workers on 457 visas in Australia making them more expensive and tougher for employers to obtain, could be reversed with the change of government, according to australiaforum.com.New Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who will be off...


Japan – Gakujo reports improved revenue

9 September 2013

Japan-based recruiter Gakujo Co. (2301: JP) issued a trading update for the nine months to 31 July 2013, reporting that revenue rose to JPY 1.87 billion (USD 18.9 million) from JPY 1.71 billion (USD 17.2 million) a year ago. Year-on-year, revenue increased by +9.9%.Operating profit for the period...


World – Is LinkedIn a threat to recruitment agencies?

9 September 2013

With 238 million professional members worldwide, LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE:LNKD) is a powerful recruitment tool. And there is an obvious risk of substitution for a professional recruitment agency, according to istockanalyst.com.William Vanderpump, an analyst at Swiss-based global financial services co...


Australia – Job adverts fall for sixth consecutive month

9 September 2013

There are signs of further weakness in Australia's labour market, as the number of jobs advertised fell for the sixth month in a row. The latest ANZ job advertisements survey shows the number of positions advertised online and in newspapers fell by -2% in August. The number of job ads is now just...


New Zealand – Labour market gaining momentum

9 September 2013

New Zealand’s labour market continues to gain momentum with a boost of 91,000 jobs advertised in the last four months, according to voxy.co.nz. Data released by SEEK today shows confidence is growing with an increase of almost 8,000 roles advertised on seek.co.nz in the four months to August comp...


Japan – Employment referees still have an important role to play

9 September 2013

Referees are still very relevant in today’s jobs market despite the explosion of social media and online recommendations, says recruiting experts Hays in Japan. Online recommendations are great for showing the skills you are best known for but they are not a substitute for the role references pla...


World – Robert Walters continues positive growth in H1

6 September 2013

Professional recruiter Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) today reported that revenue for the six months to 30 June 2013 was £288.8 million, an increase of +5% from £275 million for the same period last year. Profit for the six month period was £2.4 million, up +20% from £2.0 million a year ago.CEO, Rober...