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Asia – Fear of losing staff most acute in Singapore and Hong Kong

29 April 2013

A new survey by recruitment specialist Robert Half reveals challenging employment markets in banking and financial services with the fear of losing staff being most acute in Singapore and Hong Kong.Nearly 90% of financial services leaders surveyed globally find it challenging to find skilled fina...


Singapore – Layoffs rose +10% in 2012

29 April 2013

Although overall employment levels increased in Singapore last year, there was also a +10% rise in layoffs from the previous year. According to a new report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), this reflected an economic slowdown and restructuring processes at companies.In 2012, 5.8 workers per 1,0...


India – Expats not keen on Indian job market, fear about safety prevails

29 April 2013

India has become a less popular destination as a potential workplace for expat professionals, following recent cases of attacks on foreigners. A survey by MyHiringClub.com found that expats who were keen to work in the country last year are now looking at other countries such as the Philippines,...


Greater China – ManpowerGroup MD pockets fellowship

29 April 2013

The regional managing director of ManpowerGroup Greater China, Lancy Chui, has been granted Fellowship by the Asian College of Knowledge Management (ACKM), the recruiter announced Monday.The ACKM was founded in Hong Kong in 2001 as a non-profit organisation to develop and apply knowledge manageme...


Asia – Recruit Holdings acquires large executive recruiter

26 April 2013

Japanese recruitment giant Recruit Holdings has acquired additional shares in what has been described as Asia's largest executive search company, Bó Lè Associates Group. The acquisition was made through a subsidiary of Recruit, RGF Hong Kong.“By bringing together the assets of Bó Lè and the exten...


China – 3.42 million new jobs in Q1

26 April 2013

The number of people with new jobs in China rose by 3.42 million in the first quarter, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Thursday. He also revealed that the registered urban unemployment rate stood at 4.1% in the quarter.Spokesperson Yin Chengji added tha...


Latin America – ManpowerGroup calls for better collaboration

26 April 2013

ManpowerGroup has called for greater collaboration between business, government and education to implement effective training and development programmes that will drive Latin America's future growth.Monica Flores, regional managing director of the firm’s Latin America division, said: “Educational...


Japan – Nichii Gakkan projects higher revenues

25 April 2013

Japan-based healthcare staffing firm Nichii Gakkan (9792:TYO) reported its full-year forecasts on Wednesday for the 12 months running to March 2013. The company, among the five-largest recruiters in Japan, projects full-year revenues of USD 2.374 billion (JPY 236.20 billion). This slightly tops t...


Singapore – Court fines recruiter, employers punished

25 April 2013

A 33-year-old man from Singapore was this week fined thousands of dollars for operating an employment agency without a valid licence from the Commissioner of Employment Agencies.Regulations in the country are tight regarding the operation of staffing companies and legislation punishes offenders w...


India – Signs of a troubled IT market

25 April 2013

Hiring slowdowns and the demand for diverse skills are taking a toll on the minds of Indian IT professionals, according to The Economic Times. Concerns have grown over the mental health of India's three-million strong IT workforce even as the industry slashes fresh hiring, demands better and more...