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China – Economic growth slows in first quarter

15 April 2013

China's economic growth slowed surprisingly in the first three months of the year, official data by the country’s national statistics office shows today. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by an annual 7.7% in the first quarter, down from 7.9% in the previous quarter.The results were below analyst...


Argentina – Employers to increase pay

15 April 2013

A new survey by Adecco Argentina found that the majority of companies plan to increase salary levels this year with a further 26% intending to increase headcount in 2013. But 18% still plan to cut their workforce this year.The survey of over 100 companies found that 88% of employers want to raise...


Around the web – Labour Solutions Australia to drive revenue

15 April 2013

Australian staffing firm Labour Solutions Australia is expected to make revenues of over AUD 100 million (USD 105 million) in the 2014 financial year, the Sydney Morning Herald writes. Founder Andrew Northcott anticipates demand for blue collar workers to continue to rise.The firm currently has a...


Vietnam – Japanese recruiter acquires leading job board

12 April 2013

One of Japan’s top online recruiters, en-japan, will acquire leading Vietnamese recruitment service provider Navigos Group, the company behind what is considered to be the country’s largest job site, VietnamWorks.Metrics of the deal were not published. en-japan is expanding into Vietnam as the co...


Japan – CareerLink net sales jump

12 April 2013

Tokyo-headquartered staffing firm Careerlink Co Ltd (6070:TYO) today reported that net sales for the 2012 financial year, ended in February, jumped +16.4% to JPY 17.90 billion (USD 179.65 million), compared to JPY 15.37 billion (USD 154.26 million) in the prior year.Operating income was JPY 1.03...


Australia – Hays reports hottest jobs this quarter

12 April 2013

Insurance professionals, childcare staff and energy maintenance workers are among the candidates in hottest demand in the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report by Hays Australia. This shows pockets of shortages for specific skills in a number of sectors including banking, childcare an...


Webinar – Introduction to the contingent workforce in the Middle East

12 April 2013

Join us for a tour around the contingent markets of the Middle East to learn about cultural attitudes towards flexible working, key market trends and legislative developments. To register, click here.When: Wednesday 17 April, 3 pm GMT (10 am EDT / 4pm EST / 11 pm Singapore time)The Middle East is...


Australia – Unemployment jumps unexpectedly

11 April 2013

Australia’s jobless rate has jumped to its highest level in over three years and analysts expect unemployment to rise further. According to the latest government data published today, the unemployment rate rose to 5.6% in March, up from 5.4% in February. This is the highest rate since November 20...


India – Recruit invests in online retailer

11 April 2013

Japanese staffing giant Recruit Holdings Co. has made  a significant investment in Snapdeal, India’s largest online shopping site. Along with eBay, Recruit is now one of the main investors in Snapdeal with the funding estimated to range between USD 30 million and USD 50 million, according to...


Australia – Job ads remain steady in March

11 April 2013

New job ad figures released today from Australian job board, Seek, show that the number of job ads rose marginally in March by +0.3%. Despite a surprising increase in unemployment last month, the recruiter said that this points to a continuation of a stable job environment, particularly across Ne...