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13 February 2013

“Studies show that in advanced countries like Australia, more than half of all growth in productivity comes from innovation. We know that growing productivity is the best way to create and support jobs for the long-term,” said Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a NICTA Techfest forum in C...


Japan – World Intec posts revenue growth

12 February 2013

Japanese staffing and outsourcing company World Intec (2429.OS) reported a +40% increase in revenue for the fiscal year ending December 2012 as revenue grew to USD 569.9 million (JPY 53.01 billion) from USD 407.4 million (JPY 37.89 billion) a year ago.  The rise in revenue was helped by an a...


Middle East – Jobsite named best employer to work for

12 February 2013

Middle East based job site Bayt.com has been named as one of the ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’ by the Great Place to Work Institute, a global research and management consultancy. The ranking looks at the 15 best employers in the UAE, based on employee feedback and a review of management...


Australia – Social media, no one-size-fits all strategy

12 February 2013

Social media has become one of the instruments used by recruiters worldwide to source talent but staffing firm Hays has warned of the hidden dangers which could damage employer branding.“Engaging with the array of social media sites that potential jobseekers use gives organisations a means to boo...


Around the Web – Thai recruiters warning over job market

12 February 2013

The Asean Economic Community (AEC) said the job landscape in Thailand required job seekers to change their strategy when looking for a new job or retaining an old one. This follows concerns by staffing firms which warned that the AEC – an economic union of states including Indonesia, Malaysia, Si...


South Africa – Economy sheds over 50,000 jobs

11 February 2013

Employment in South Africa fell dramatically in January at an annualised rate of -3.2% which saw the economy lose 51,495 jobs, according to the latest job index by recruitment company Adcorp. Permanent jobs were hit the most.“Job losses occurred across all contract types and in all economic secto...


Japan – Founder of Japan’s largest staffing firm dies

11 February 2013

Hiromasa Ezoe, founder of Japan’s largest staffing company Recruit Holdings (formerly Recruit Co.), died on 8 February 2013 at the age of 76. He originally established the business as an advertisement company in 1963 and managed the firm for 25 years.His business grew rapidly and became a success...


UAE – DBM and Adecco merger complete

11 February 2013

A merger that started in 2011 between Lee Hecht Harrison, part of the Adecco Group, and talent solutions firm DBM is now complete. DBM’s UAE affiliate, DBM Arabian Gulf, has changed its name to LHH Gulf. The firm operates under Leadership Coaching Solutions (LCS), FZ LLC, a licensee of Lee Hecht...


Malaysia – Young workforce is highly employable

11 February 2013

Graduates in Malaysia stand a good chance of finding a job within six months after graduation, according to the country’s higher education minister. He said up to 70% of graduates secured employment within a few months of leaving university.The minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said: “W...


Australia – Staffing industry criticises union demands on workers’ rights

8 February 2013

An Australian union this week called for a wider application of the portable leave scheme which allows workers to transfer their annual leave and entitlements when they move jobs. But the trade body representing the staffing industry in the country dismissed the demands, which aim to oust flexibl...