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India – Skills shortages forcing firms to seek talent in other sectors

31 July 2014

A dearth of skilled professionals has resulted in increased cross-sector recruitment, with the trend becoming more significant than ever before, reports mydigitalfc.com.

Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO of Randstad India, commented: “Two significant shifts are seen in the hiring patterns in the staffing industry,...

Bahrain – Multi-lingual hotline to be set up for migrant workers

31 July 2014

A dedicated hotline, available in up to five different languages, is to be set up in Bahrain to help migrant workers, reports The Gulf Daily News. The initiative, spearheaded by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), will be up and running by mid-August and will be manned by trained volunteers. ...

World – Heidrick & Struggles’ revenue boosted by European growth

30 July 2014

Chicago-based international executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NSQD) yesterday reported revenue of USD 141 million for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +10.7% compared with USD 127.3 million a year ago.

The company reported an operating income of USD 12.5...

Japan – JAC Recruitment reports strong growth in healthcare staffing

30 July 2014

Japanese staffing firm JAC Recruitment (2124: JP) reported revenue during the six months ending 30 June 2014 to JPY 4.5 billion (USD 44.1 million), an increase of +26.6% from JPY 3.6 billion (USD 35.3 million) a year ago.

Operating profit for the period increased by +41.1% to JPY 1.4 billion (USD 13.7...

New Zealand – Talent2 to pay millions to exit contract

30 July 2014

Australian payroll software company Talent2 will soon exit a New Zealand schools payroll contract, with the New Zealand Government preparing to take full control of the problematic project, reports zdnet.com.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys advised that after pouring NZD 45 million (USD 38.3 million)...

China – The right talent is in short supply

30 July 2014

The Chinese labour market continues to be affected by skill gaps at manager level, with nearly a quarter of employers in China experiencing talent shortages, according to international recruitment firm ManpowerGroup, reports China Daily.

Zhang Jinrong, Managing Director of ManpowerGroup China, commented:...

East Africa – Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda to set up free movement of labour agreement

29 July 2014

Rwandans, Ugandans, and Kenyans will soon be free to set up businesses across borders without any restrictions once the three East African countries have endorsed a new deal seeking to open up their job markets, reports allafrica.com.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is due to be signed in October...

India – Monster exploring acquisition to power rural business plan

29 July 2014

Sensing an improvement in business sentiment, job board Monster is exploring acquisition opportunities in India as part of a business plan to push ahead in Tier II and Tier III cities, reports The Hindu Business Line.

Tier I includes major metropolitan cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata,...

World – Top jobs employers are struggling to fill

29 July 2014

Over 37,000 employers in 42 countries and territories participated in ManpowerGroup’s ninth annual Talent Shortage Survey. Just over a third (36%) of employers report difficulty filling jobs – the highest proportion since 2007.

The country with the greatest difficulty filling jobs is Japan, with 81%...

Macau – Gaming industry loses workers to the construction sector

29 July 2014

The number of workers in Macau increased by +0.7% but the gambling industry is losing workers to the construction and hotel sectors, reports macaubusinessdaily.com. The island’s unemployment rate has stabilised at 1.7%.

The gaming industry lost 1,500 workers between March and May 2014 and April and...