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Indonesia – Rising labour costs could discourage investment

16 December 2013

There are concerns that the current account deficit of Indonesia could hit USD 31 billion by the end of the year and the -19% devaluation of the rupiah has also taken its toll on investor confidence, according to a survey carried out by the British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia, reports the Borne...


World – AESC CEO announces retirement in 2014

16 December 2013

In a joint release today, long-time AESC CEO Peter Felix and board chair, James Hertlein, a Houston-based managing partner with Boyden Global Executive Search, announced Peter’s planned retirement next year as Chief Executive of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).Mr Hertlein n...


Australia – Top talent trends for 2014

16 December 2013

Multi-level knowledge, working out which ‘Big Data’ skills are actually needed, and a better understanding of social media as a channel are among the talent trends that will shape the recruitment landscape in Australia in 2014, according to recruitment firm Hays. Nick Deligiannis, Managing D...


Japan – Ministry plans to ease restriction on staffing firms

13 December 2013

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare plans to revise a rule to limit temporary staffing periods to up to three years, officials said on Thursday.All workers with open-ended contracts with staffing agencies will be exempted from the rule and be allowed to continue to work at the sam...


China - Employers forecast big pay rises next year

13 December 2013

Many Chinese employers expect to see as much as double-digit salary increases for their employees in 2014, according to the China 2014 Salary & Employment Forecast released by Michael Page and reported by China Daily.A total of 63% of the 5,000-plus respondents from 700 corporations said they...


Australia: oDesk mulls expansion

13 December 2013

oDesk is considering expanding its operations into Australia according to Technology Spectator. In what was his second trip to the country since September, oDesk’s VP of its international division Matt Cooper said that a move into Australia is in consideration, but declined to comment any further...


Philippines: Huge' potential for workers in Japan

13 December 2013

The Philippine embassy in Japan sees huge potential for Filipino teachers and possibly domestic helpers in Japan. Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez said with a new law requiring Grade 5 and 6 Japanese students to learn English, Filipinos will have a big opportunity to gain employment he...


New Zealand - Donna Lynch Appointed Managing Director for Adecco NZ

13 December 2013

 Donna Lynch Chief Operating Officer at Adecco Personnel Services has been appointed Managing Director for Adecco New Zealand, following the promotion of Mike Davies to Operating Officer, Adecco Australia & New Zealand.Donna will take responsibility for the continued growth of Adecco in...


Japan – JPN Holdings reports muted improvement

12 December 2013

Japanese staffing services provider JPN Holdings Co. Ltd. (8718: JP) reported revenue for the nine months ending 31 October 2013 of JPY 5.1 billion (USD 49.7 million), a fall of -3.8% compared with JPY 5.3 billion (USD 51.6 million) last year.The company reported an operating profit of JPY 19 mil...


Malaysia – Female leaders are critical in the workplace

12 December 2013

Leadership talent is key to ensuring the success of Malaysian organisations in today’s innovation economy, according to 37% of Malaysian business leaders, whilst 58% believe women will play a critical role, reports themalayamilonline.com.These were among the findings of the 2013/2014 Randstad Wor...