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Webinar – Introduction to the contingent workforce in the Middle East

11 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 – Job opportunities in financial sector plummet

10 April 2013

Australia’s financial services job opportunities plummeted by over a third (-34%) in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. This was the largest decline experienced across the leading global financial centres, according to latest jobs barometer from professional career sit...


South Africa – 33,000 jobs shed in March, finds Adcorp

10 April 2013

South Africa’s economy last month shed 33,202 jobs with employment declining by -2.1% in March when compared to a year ago. The latest research by local staffing firm Adcorp found that mainly permanent, full-time workers suffered from the job losses.The retail and wholesale trade and manufacturin...


South Korea – Employment picks up, unemployment falls

10 April 2013

Unemployment in South Korea dropped in March from the prior month with job creation picking up significantly during the month, government data showed on Wednesday. Statistics Korea said that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 3.2% in March from 3.5% in February.The unadjusted unemployme...


Japan – Recruiter Hito Communications releases forecasts

10 April 2013

Temporary staffing and outsourcing business Hito Communications Inc. (3654:TO) today reports in a brief trading update that sales in the six months to February amounted to JPY 9.83 billion (USD 99.4 million) with operating income reaching JPY 916 million (USD 9.23 million). During the six-month p...


Singapore – Pasona partners with prestigious university to help students

9 April 2013

Japanese staffing giant Pasona this week announced a partnership with a Singaporean university to help students find work experience in the region. The recruiter, the 11th largest in the world, will partner with Nanyang Technological University to launch its so-called Internship Matching Service....


UAE – Technology helps HR directors with recruitment drive

9 April 2013

Companies in the Middle East are plagued by candidate shortages and other recruitment challenges with more HR directors now relying on technology to support their wider recruitment drive, according to new research from Robert Half UAE.A survey found that nearly four in 10 (37%) UAE HR directors s...


India – Hiring improves in March, driven by BPO and pharma

9 April 2013

Hiring activity in India improved in March, according to the latest employment index by job portal Naukri.com. This showed that employment levels in the country’s formal sector rose by +11.5% when compared to a year ago.But month-on-month, hiring activity in March dropped by -1.1%, after witnessi...


Around the web – Contingent workforce recruitment overhauled

9 April 2013

The government in New South Wales (NSW) in Australia is overhauling its contingent workforce recruitment, Government News writes today. The state has released a list of its preferred recruitment suppliers. This is part of the state government’s new supplier prequalification scheme to cover the co...


Japan – Pasona revenue jumps but so do costs

8 April 2013

Japanese recruiter Pasona Group (2168:TYO) reported on Friday that net sales in the nine months to February rose by +13.5% to JPY 153.6 billion (USD 1.57 billion) from JPY 135.2 billion (USD 1.38 billion) a year ago. However, at the same time, SG&A expenses increased by +14.8%, ahead of the r...