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Australia – Merger of Programmed and Skilled would be in the interests of both parties, says Credit Suisse

12 January 2015

A proposed merger of staffing firms Programmed Maintenance Services and Skilled Group would be in the interests of both, according to analysts from Credit Suisse. The financial institution, however, added that Programmed would need to ­increase its offer to complete the deal, reports The Australian....

New Zealand – Double-digit growth in online jobs in Q4

12 January 2015

New Zealand-based job board Trade Me Jobs has revealed double-digit growth in the number of jobs advertised during Q4 2014, compared with the same period last year, reports nbr.co.nz.

The number of advertised jobs rose by almost +14%, year-on-year, for the last quarter of 2014, according to analysis of...

India – IT sector hiring in big numbers

12 January 2015

The Indian IT sector has been doing “extremely well” in terms of job creation and has been hiring in "big numbers", according to Info Edge, the company that owns Indian job board Naukri.com, reports NDTV.

Hitesh Oberoi, Managing Director and CEO of InfoEdge, told NDTV: "So far...

Philippines – Ban on placement fees for migrant workers travelling to New Zealand announced

12 January 2015

Following changes made to the country’s recruitment laws, Filipino migrant workers can no longer be charged exorbitant fees to secure jobs in New Zealand. This has been done in order to bring the Filipino laws in-line with New Zealand’s labour laws, reports stuff.co.nz.

Filipino workers had faced...

Japan – J-Com’s staffing division reports growth

9 January 2015

Japanese recruitment firm J-Com Holdings Ltd (2462: JP), which specialises in the provision of staff to the mobile phone industry, reported revenue of JPY 8.6 billion (USD 71.9 million) for the six months ending 30 November 2014, an increase of +37.9% compared with JPY 6.2 billion (USD 51.8 million)...

India – Executive search firms focusing on booming e-commerce sector

9 January 2015

With e-commerce firms across India, such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal fast becoming sought after employers, executive search firms have turned their attention to the rapidly growing e-commerce recruitment market, reports Livemint.

E-commerce companies and start-ups have traditionally used smaller,...

India – Younger workers embracing the benefits of temporary work

9 January 2015

Temporary jobs, or flexi-staffing as it is known in India, have growth in popularity over the past few years for young workers who are gaining an appreciation of the opportunities to work with top companies that offer attractive salaries. Even if it is for a short period of time, reports The Hindu Business...

Bangladesh – Overseas employment up, but disagreement over how much

9 January 2015

Bangladesh’s overseas employment rose by +4% in 2014 following initiatives by the government to increase foreign jobs, reports The Financial Express.

The number of overseas jobs stood at 425,684 in 2014 up from 409,253 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET). In 2013...

Japan – Tough market continues for Media Five

8 January 2015

Media Five Co (3824: JP) a software developer and provider of engineers to the IT industry, reported revenue for the six months ending 30 November 2014 of JPY 527 million (USD 4.4 million), an increase of +2.7% compared with JPY 513 million (USD 4.3 million) a year ago.

The company reported an operating...

Singapore – Most preferred recruitment firms listed

8 January 2015

Recruit Express, Robert Walters, and PageGroup have emerged as the most preferred recruitment firms overall in Singapore, according to the Vendors of the Year 2014 report published by Asia-based HR publication Human Resources.

Recruit Express, which came in second place last year, shot to the top of the...