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India – Thomas Cook enters HR market with $47m acquisition

7 February 2013

UK-based travel company Thomas Cook this week signed an investment agreement to acquire a 74% stake in IKYA Human Capital Solutions, an HR staffing solutions business headquartered in India.  The deal is worth around USD 47 million (INR 256 crores).IKYA offers human resources services includ...


Japan – Jac Recruitment boosts revenue

7 February 2013

Japan-based recruiter Jac Recruitment (2124:OS) today reported that total sales in 2012 amounted to USD 65.3 million (JPY 6.12 billion), compared to USD 53.3 million (JPY 4.99 billion) a year ago, an increase of 23%.Operating income in the period increased 74% to USD 14.6 million (JPY 1.37 billio...


Australia – Part-timers boost employment figures

7 February 2013

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%t in January, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The number of people employed increased by 10,400 to 11,549,100 last month.The increase in employment was driven by increased part-time employmen...


Australia – IT recruiter HiTech sees revenue fall -7%

6 February 2013

Australian ICT staffing company HiTech Personnel (HIT:ASX) saw a -7% plunge in revenues during the six months to December 2012. Sales revenue fell to AUD 4.2 million from AUD 4.5 million a year ago, the company reported on Wednesday. This was due to both a decline in the temporary and permanent r...


Brazil – Easter time brings 70,000 temp jobs

6 February 2013

In Brazil, the holiday seasons prove to be the busiest time for temporary agency workers and hiring is set to rise in the months running to Easter. According to new data, around 73,000 temporary jobs are expected to pop up by the end of March.This is according to research by the Brazilian recruit...


India – Monster launches new section for contract workers

6 February 2013

Job board Monster has launched a new section for temporary and contracts jobs as demand for contract workers is growing due to economic uncertainty. The new section, Contract Jobs, targets professional, temporary and contract hiring.  “India's rapid economic growth trajectory has caused the...


Asia – More employers use flexible staffing, finds Robert Half

6 February 2013

Over half of employers in Asia (52%) use flexible staffing solutions, primarily through temporary or contract work, according to the latest salary guide by Hays. This also found that a quarter use temporary or contract staff on an ongoing basis.The survey looked at recruitment trends across Hong...


Netherlands – Stricter monitoring demanded for foreign staffing companies

5 February 2013

There should be tighter controls for foreign staffing companies which allow lorry drivers to work in the Netherlands, the Dutch Transport and Logistics (TLN) association said on Tuesday. It criticised that a lack of inspections could lead to abuses in the industry.In a press release today, the or...


Singapore – Tighter rules on foreign workers hit businesses

5 February 2013

Stricter regulations on foreign workers could have a negative impact on the economy in Singapore, according to a number of foreign chambers of commerce. In an open letter to the minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan-Jin, the business networks said that the country may lose out in the future.The Americ...


Australia – Job ads slip for 11th month

5 February 2013

Job ads in Australia have fallen for the 11th consecutive month, according to the latest monthly figures provided by banking group ANZ. This found that the number of job ads were down -0.9% in January.The result follows particularly large falls in job advertising towards the end of 2012 with the...