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Australia – Freelancer announces acquisition and appointment

4 November 2014

Australia-based global freelance platform Freelancer Ltd (FLN: ASX) yesterday announced that it has acquired the assets of Sydstart, which bills itself as the largest technology start-up conference and community in Australia.Financial details of the acquisition were not released.Sydstart was foun...


India – LinkedIn to introduce more “local flavour” to its website

4 November 2014

Viewing India as one of its key markets, professional networking website LinkedIn is looking at bringing out features specific for the users in the country, according to the Business Standard. The US-based company, which has over 8% of its 332 million global users based in India, its second...


Australia – Contract roles dominating IT sector recruitment

4 November 2014

Contract roles have continued to dominate the IT hiring sector in the past quarter with demand strongest for cloud and digital talent, according to the latest Peoplebank ICT Salary & Employment Index, reports The Australian. Digital transformation, expansion, and upgrade projects have be...


New Zealand – AWF Group’s H1 boosted by acquisition

3 November 2014

New Zealand-based temporary staffing provider Allied Workforce Group (AWF Group) (AWF: NZSX) last week reported revenue of NZD 98.6 million (USD 76.7 million) for the six months ending 30 September 2014, an increase of +57.8% from NZD 62.5 million (USD 48.6 million) during the same period last ye...


India – Temporary staffing set to boom but legal framework needs reform

3 November 2014

Organised flexible staffing in India is expected to reach nine million workers by 2025, up from 1.3 million at present, according to the President of the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) Rituparna Chakraborty writing for The Hindu Business Line. By enabling companies to focus on the core act...


Australia – Growth in job adverts slows in October

3 November 2014

The number of jobs advertised across Australia during October 2014 rose by +7.5% compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the ANZ Bank’s job advertisement survey. The latest rise marks the fifth consecutive increase in job adverts compared with last year.Month-...


Japan – Job availability worsens as companies more reluctant to hire

3 November 2014

Japan's job availability worsened in September for the first time in more than three years, signalling that companies are more reluctant to hire additional workers following April's [sales] tax hike, reports globalpost.com. The ratio of employment offers to seekers fell to 1.09 from 1.10 in...


Singapore – Slowest employment growth in two years

3 November 2014

Singapore experienced the slowest pace of employment growth in two years last quarter, weighed down by weak global growth and painful economic restructuring, reports business.asiaone.com. Expert, however, say this could become the norm over the next few years, given the maturing economy and restr...


Japan – SMS’ investments in efficiency savings temper H1 profits

31 October 2014

Japanese healthcare staffing provider SMS Co Ltd (2175: JP) reported revenue growth of +16.7% to JPY 7.5 billion (USD 68.8 million) for the six months ending 30 September 2014, up from JPY 6.4 billion (USD 58.7 million) a year ago.Operating profit for the period decreased by -2.9% to JPY 1.29 bil...


Japan – Quick Co achieves strong H1 growth

31 October 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Quick Co Ltd (4318: JP) reported revenue growth of +15.5% to JPY 5.8 billion (USD 53.2 million) for the six months ending 30 September 2014, up from JPY 5 billion (USD 45.8 million) last year.Operating profit for the period was JPY 1.1 billion (USD 10.1 million), an incr...