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Australia – Bluestone Global reports worse annual loss

18 October 2013

Recruitment firm Bluestone Global (BUE: ASX) reported revenue for the year ending 30 June 2013 of AUD 280.7 million (USD 269.1 million), a fall of -14.8% compared with revenue of AUD 329.2 million (USD 315.6 million) a year ago.The company reported a net loss of AUD 54.7 million (USD 52.4 million...


Australia – HiTech expects H1 break-even result

18 October 2013

At the company’s AGM today, HiTech (HIT: ASX) Chairman and CEO Ray Hazouri announced that the company expects the first half of the year, ending 31 December 2013, to have a break-even result. Addressing shareholders, Mr Hazouri said: “HiTech remains profitable, with a strong balance sheet an...


Japan – Labour reforms delayed as Prime Minister faces resistance

18 October 2013

Japan’s government has delayed key labour market deregulation, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces resistance to a core part of his growth strategy to revive the world’s third-biggest economy, reports Bloomberg.This decision comes swiftly on the heels of the Prime Minister’s pledge this week to cr...


Australia – Casual, agency and contract workers experiencing difficulty in meeting mortgage payments

18 October 2013

The number of homeless people in Australia with a job is 40%, according to the Centre for Policy Development (CPD), reports the Guardian. According to the CPD, the working homeless are part of a rising class of insecure workers.The report suggests that these workers are suffering the consequences...


Singapore – First recruiter fined following suspension order breach

17 October 2013

A Singaporean recruiter has become the first agency to be fined following its breach of a suspension order by entering into agreements with new clients, reports Channel News Asia. Sunway Employment was penalised for failing to comply with a cessation order from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and...


India – Flexible staffing growing in popularity

17 October 2013

As India continues to navigate its way out of a gloomy economic environment, employing flexi-staff is becoming more of a rule than the exception. Companies across traditional sectors; including retail, telecom, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and agriculture-based business, are increa...


Japan – Positivity and staff movement fuelling active jobs market

17 October 2013

Financial Controllers, Office Managers, and Web & Smartphone Application Developers are just three of the professionals sought by employers in Japan as the movement of candidates fuels an active recruitment market, reports recruitment firm Hays in Japan.According to the recruiter’s latest Hay...


Australia – Engineers transitioning out of heavy industries face difficulties

17 October 2013

Engineers who once flocked to the mining industry now face stiff resistance from employers when applying for roles in the consulting or public sectors, reports recruiters Hays Engineering. However, honesty can help secure the job.Simon Bristow, Senior Regional Director of Hays Engineering, said:...


Kyrgyzstan – Action needed to halt skills exodus

17 October 2013

Kyrgyzstan needs to revive its vocational education and training system to quell a labour exodus that threatens to drain it of a skilled workforce, analysts warn, reports Central Asia Online. Kyrgyz State Technical University Rector Turatbek Duishenaliyev told Central Asia Online. "...


Australia – ITCRA announces new board

17 October 2013

The Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA) announced the appointment of Richard Fischer to the position of President. Mr Fischer is currently the Managing Director of technology recruitment firm Greythorn.ITCRA is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors, made up of...