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Japan – Recruitment boosted by improved market confidence

12 July 2013

The Japanese government’s fiscal strategy improved market confident, contributing to increased recruitment activity, according to Robert Walters in their 2013 half-year market update. Employers across Japan recruited in larger volumes, and more professionals sought to change career during 2013.“W...


Australia – Extended election campaign undermining job growth

12 July 2013

Recruitment company Clarius Group (CND: ASX) stated that the drawn out 2013 federal election campaign is holding back the Australian economy and damaging the employment sentiment among small and medium sized businesses.  “The beginning of the new financial year is traditionally a time w...


Australia – Competency-based interviews better than brain-teasers

12 July 2013

Employers are increasingly shifting away from brain-teaser style interview questions; according to research from recruitment company Hays. Competency based interviews remain the tried and tested format, particularly when interviewing external candidates.“Employers have used the brain-teaser quest...


China – Expat does not equal expert

12 July 2013

Chinese businesses have been cautioned about headhunting international talent. The number of foreign workers entering China has increased in the past three decades, reaching more than 520,000 in 2011. However, businesses have been warned that ‘expat does not equal expert’, reports China Daily.The...


Australia – Unemployment returns to 2009 peak

11 July 2013

Unemployment in Australia reached 5.7% in June, an increase of +11.9% when compared with June 2012, and its highest level since September 2009, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In June 2013, 699,700 people were unemployed across Australia.Economists survey...


World – Hays Q4 results show temporary recruitment remains resilient

11 July 2013

In the fourth quarter ending 30 June 2013, Hays Group reported that new fees increased +1% on a like-for-like basis compared with Q4 2012. Net fees for temporary recruitment equated to 58% of net fees for the quarter, an increase of +5%, year-on-year.“We have delivered a good performance in the f...


South Africa – Temporary workers boost employment

11 July 2013

Labour brokers, the government sector, and highly skilled professionals and management are the main drivers of employment growth, according to the Adcorp Employment Index for June 2013. Employment increased marginally in June, the first increase in six months after the formal sector created 2,587...


Middle East – Working hours cut for Ramadan

11 July 2013

Some companies in the Middle East that have been struggling with the summer working legislation limiting the number of hours some employees are able to work in hot conditions. They are now also faced with restrictions as a result of Ramadan.“The law says that you should work two hours less,” said...


Australia – Temporary agency professionals remain competitive in tight market

10 July 2013

The recruitment of agency professionals on a temporary basis increased over the last 12 months, according to the Michael Page Australia’s Salary and Employment Forecast. The flexible nature of temporary contracts remains an attractive alternative to permanent headcount for employers looking to re...


World – New regulation in financial services sectors boosts temporary employment

10 July 2013

The introduction of regulatory changed in the financial services sector has resulted in notable changes in recruitment, where the use of temporary, interim, and project professionals has become increasingly prominent, according to research from recruitment firm Robert Half Financial Services.The...