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World – Heidrick & Struggles: Europe struggles while America and Asia-Pacific grow

31 July 2013

US-based executive search provider Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NASD) reported revenue growth across the Americas and Asia-Pacific, but losses in Europe during the second quarter of 2013. Year-on-year net revenue increased +11.4% in the Americas and increased +6.5% in Asia Pacific (approximate...


Japan – Meitec’s Q1 revenue and operating profits rise

31 July 2013

Japanese engineering staffing firm Meitec Corporation (9744: TO) reported revenue of JPY 17.51 billion (USD 178.5 million) for the three months ending June 2013, a +4.8% increase compared with the same period last year.Operating profit rose +3.1%; from JPY 1.34 billion (USD 13.7 million) in Q1 20...


World – Executive search outlook more positive

31 July 2013

In two separate worldwide studies, the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and career management service BlueStep report that the outlook among executive search consultants became more positive during the first half of 2013.The 2013 Mid-Year Executive Search Industry Global Outlook...


Australia – Hays: Salary expectation gap widening

31 July 2013

Despite a conservative salary outlook, more than one in five candidates expects to receive a salary increase of more than 6% in the current pay review period. Of the employers responding to the survey, however, 89% plan to keep salary increases below that level, according to research carried out...


Singapore – Unemployment continues to edge up

31 July 2013

Preliminary estimates showed that unemployment increased for the second consecutive quarter, though remained low, according to recent figures from the Ministry of Manpower. The seasonally adjusted overall unemployment rate was 2.1% in June 2013, up from 1.9% in March 2013 (Q1 2013) and 1.8% in De...


China – Apple accused of abusing temporary agency workers

30 July 2013

Pegatron, a supplier to Apple, has been accused of violating workers’ rights (including temporary workers) by China Labour Watch. The Taiwanese supplier has been accused of using underage workers, paying insufficient wages, and forcing employees to work overtime. China Labour Watch (CLW) accused...


India –Young and older workers struggle to find jobs but disregard temporary work

30 July 2013

Randstad’s Workmonitor survey reveals that 66% of young people and 79% of older people in India are struggling to find suitable work. As a result, 79% of young people and 71% of older people have accepted jobs below their level of education.Young people, below the age of 25, responded that 76% wo...


Japan – Temporary and part-time workers reach record high

30 July 2013

Japanese temporary employment number rose +0.1% in June compared with May. The number of female temporary and dispatch workers rose; while male temporary and dispatch worker number fell between May to June, narrowing the wide gap between male and female employment. Female unemployment remains a g...


South Africa – New Temporary Employment Services legislation delayed

30 July 2013

Amendments to the Labour Relations Act (‘LRA’) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) are currently before the South African Parliament. Changes to the legislation could present new challenges for Temporary Employment Services, commonly referred to as ‘labour brokers’ in South Africa.N...


China – Measures adopted to halt ‘brain-drain’

30 July 2013

China is planning to lure back 2,000 top Chinese specialists in order to halt the growing ‘brain-drain’. Specialists in the fields of IT, biotechnology, aerospace, environmental protection, agricultural technology, and transportation are of top priority, according to China Daily.China has impleme...