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New Zealand – Construction worker demand for Canterbury rebuild

22 August 2013

Mobilising labour in order to rebuild the town of Canterbury, presents the greatest labour market challenge in a generation, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. In the latest quarterly labour market report, the ministry said that the Canterbury rebuild would require...


Singapore – CFOs look externally for their successors

22 August 2013

Recruitment firm Robert Half surveyed 1,256 chief financial officers (CFOs) and finance directors from 17 countries and asked who would succeed them in their job. Of those responding, 150 currently work in Singapore.The survey found only 14% of finance leaders expect the job to go to a local inte...


Australia – Strong international growth boosts SEEK results

21 August 2013

Australia-based job board SEEK Limited (SEK: ASX) reported revenue of AUD 620.2 million (USD 563.2 million) for the year ending 30 June 2013, a +40% increase on AUD 442.3 million (USD 401.6 million) in revenue last year boosted by overseas acquisitions.Across Australia and New Zealand domestic re...


Australia – Clarius struggling in tough job market

21 August 2013

Australian recruiter Clarius Group (CND: ASX) reported a -17.6% drop in revenue for the full year 2013, falling to AUD 225 million (USD 204.3 million) from AUD 273 million (USD 2.47.9 million) last year. Group operating loss after tax for the period was AUD 900,000 (USD 817,227), accurately predi...


Hong Kong – Business groups want more foreign workers

21 August 2013

One of Hong Kong’s most influential business groups is working on a proposal calling on the government to allow an influx of foreign workers; warning that it is the only way to solve the city’s labour shortage, according to the South China Morning Post.The General Chamber of Commerce reports that...


India – LinkedIn nipping at the heels Naukri

21 August 2013

In a continually difficult economic climate, Info Edge Ltd’s online job board Naukri.com is bracing itself for stiffer competition from social networking site LinkedIn, according to Cogencis.Ambarish Raghuvanshi, chief financial officer of Info Edge Ltd, commented: “We see a threat [from LinkedIn...


Chile – Temporary jobs up +25% and predicted to climb

20 August 2013

A +25% increase in temporary positions is being partly attributed to the introduction of maternity leave in Chile, according to Randstad. The introduction of the new legislation in October 2011, enabled new mothers to take six months maternity leave. While not the sole contributing factor, the ne...


Australia – Workpac buoyant despite mining sector slowdown

20 August 2013

Workpac, one of Australia’s largest recruitment firms, are reporting record sales as a result of providing a steady labour supply for mines, infrastructure works, and hospitals around the country, according to the Brisbane Business News.Phil Smart, managing director at Workpac, commented: “There...


Japan – Sony employees sent to ‘bored’ room

20 August 2013

Sony Japan is being lumbered with employees it no longer needs but is unable to make redundant, according to the Economic Times India. This unusual situation has prompted an unusual solution. Employees falling into this category are consigned to a room where they spend their days reading newspape...


India – Labour market stuck in quagmire

20 August 2013

India’s labour market has been stuck for 20 years, with 100% of job growth in the low-quality informal sector, according to Manish Sabharwal, co-founder and chairman of recruitment firm TeamLease Services. In an article for Forbes India, Mr Sabharwal outlined the five primary causes of India’s jo...