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Australia – Skilled Group performs well in difficult market

14 August 2013

Skilled Group (SKE: AXE), the largest staffing firm in Australia, reported revenue for the year ending 30 June 2013 of AUD 1.87 billion (USD 1.7 billion), a fall from AUD 1.89 billion (USD 1.72 billion) a year ago, equating to a drop of -1.1%. However, profit for the period increased to AUD 56.2...


Australia – Chandler MacLeod full year revenue and net profit down

14 August 2013

Chandler MacLeod (CMG: ASX), one of the largest recruitment firms in Australia, announced revenue for the full year ending 30 June 2013 of AUD 1.5 billion (USD 1.37 billion), a fall of -3% from AUD 1.55 billion (USD 1.41 billion) in 2012. Gross margin increased from 13.6% in 2012 to 13.8% in...


World – Executive searches favour quality over quantity

14 August 2013

Executive search industry statistics reveal an increase in the value of recruiting assignments during the second quarter of 2013, against a reduction in volume, according to research released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).Worldwide executive search industry revenues an...


Australia – Temporary staff could relieve pressure in workplace

14 August 2013

More than a quarter of employers report that their people are clocking up increasing amounts of overtime and more than 60% say that those extra hours are unpaid, according to Australian recruitment firm Hays.  Pressure on organisations to increase productivity means that existing teams are b...


Australia – Bring Your Own Devices driving ICT recruitment

14 August 2013

Concepts like Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) are driving new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), according to a recent Experis survey of the Australian market.Bring Your Own Device involves staff members using their personal technological devices; such as laptops, tablets, mobile ph...


Japan – Recruit acquires India’s largest executive search firm

13 August 2013

Japan-based Recruit Holdings, one of the largest staffing firms in the world, announced that it has acquired 100% of the shares of Indian executive search firm NuGrid Consulting. NuGrid will now be renamed RGF Executive Search India Private Ltd.Recruit has been developing its services and operati...


Australia – 457 Visa changes implemented

13 August 2013

The purpose of the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Programme is to allow employers to fill short-to-medium term skills shortages by recruiting qualified workers from outside Australia, when local skilled workers cannot be sourced.In the middle of June 2012, the Department of Immigration and Citizen...


Philippines – Anti-ageism law proposed for recruitment agencies

13 August 2013

A Filipino MP is proposing a Bill that would prohibit discrimination against any individual with respect to compensation and terms and conditions of employment on the basis of age, according to the Filipino Star.Rep. Eric Olivarez, who proposed the ‘Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 20...


Hong Kong – Job site user numbers growing

13 August 2013

With the evolution of internet technologies, job seeking behaviour has undergone many significant changes. According to the Nielsen Telebus Survey 2013, 83% of Hong Kong people seek jobs through job sites - higher any other recruitment channels.Blue collar workers and the 45-54 age group have sho...


China – Signs of labour market resilience

13 August 2013

China’s labour market is showing signs of resilience providing evidence of a stabilising economy, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). One of the major indicators is the number of new job opportunities posted in July on Zhaopin.com, one of the country’s largest recruitment websites, up +53...