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Singapore – CFOs facing skills shortages

10 December 2013

The biggest problem faced by finance leaders as the end of the financial year approaches, ending the 31 December 2013, is the lack of skills in their team, according to a survey by recruitment company Robert Half.In a survey of 150 Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Finance Directors in Singapor...


Asia – Diversity is the key factor in determining future success

10 December 2013

A survey from recruitment firm Korn/Ferry entitled ‘The Diversity Scorecard 2013: Measuring Board Composition and Diversity in Asia Pacific’, has found that while there has been incremental progress in improving gender diversity on boards in most Asia Pacific countries, the female representation...


Japan – Gakujo reports full year improvement

9 December 2013

Japanese recruitment firm Gakujo Co. (2301: JP) reported revenue for the year ending 31 October 2013 of JPY 2.8 billion (USD 27.2 million), an increase of +18.5% compared with JPY 2.3 billion (USD 22.3 million) a year ago.The company reported an operating profit of JPY 235 million (USD 2.3 millio...


Australia – Job adverts fall for a second month

9 December 2013

The number of jobs advertised on the internet and in newspapers fell for the second consecutive month, and there are no clear signs of the labour market bouncing back in the coming months, reports Sky News Australia.The total number of jobs advertisements fell by -0.8% in November following a -0....


Hong Kong – Social perceptions impacting on female career advancement

9 December 2013

Society’s perception of women’s role and the lack of work-life balance are holding women back from advancing in their career compared to men, according to a survey from global recruitment firm Robert Half.In the survey, HR directors were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with a list of reaso...


Malaysia – Social media changing how Malaysians hunt for jobs

9 December 2013

More than half of all Malaysian respondents (62%) reported they were contacted through social media about new employment opportunities in the past year, with a quarter of the respondents saying they had secured a job through social media, according to recruitment firm Kelly Services' latest Globa...


Indonesia – Outsourcing remains a controversial necessity

9 December 2013

One of the key points raised by labour unions during the recent strikes and demonstrations in Indonesia has been the use of outsourcing. Last month, thousands of workers across the country took to the streets to demand that employers stop using outsourcing companies and guarantee that all of thei...


Philippines – Two recruitment firms closed and facing legal charges

9 December 2013

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) closed two firms operating as recruitment agencies without the proper licences or the authority to recruit and deploy Filipino workers abroad, reports the Philippines News Agency.In a press statement, Hans Leo Cacdac, Head of the POEA, iden...


Japan – Artner reports fallen profits

6 December 2013

Japanese recruitment firm Artner Company Ltd (2163: JP) reported revenue of JPY 2.9 billion (USD 28.4 million) for the nine months ending 31 October 2013, a fall of -6% compared with JPY 3.1 billion (USD 30.4 million) last year.The company reported a substantial drop of -45.9% in operating profit...


Australia – Ambition Group forecasts full-year loss

6 December 2013

Australia-based boutique recruitment business Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) has released an update on the market conditions affecting the business and the expected result for the year ending 31 December 2013.In a statement, company Chairman Eric Dodd commented: “Business confidence has been subdued i...