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Kazakhstan – Skills Shortage Worsens

3 May 2013

The Kazakh Statistics Agency said today that the skills shortage in the country is getting worse, especially in manufacturing and construction sectors.The Kazakh economy is growing rapidly with GDP rising by +4.5% in Q1 2013, helped by high world oil prices. However in certain industries there ar...


Australia – Skilled Group hit by mining slowdown

2 May 2013

Australian staffing company Skilled Group (SKE:ASX) is feeling the effects of a slowdown in the country’s lucrative mining sector, the company said in a presentation released to shareholders this week.Skilled Group dominates the Australian staffing market with almost twice the market share of its...


Australia – Rubicor expects earnings to slump

2 May 2013

Rubicor (ASX:RUB), one of Australia’s largest staffing firms, said the recruitment market remained challenging with the company expecting a significant drop in profits this year, following tough trading seen in previous months.The firm provided a market update for the full year ending 30 June 201...


Brazil – Small businesses boost employment

2 May 2013

Small firms in Brazil helped generate nearly 40% of the 15 million new jobs created in the country between 2001 and 2011, according to a new government report. This found that 95% of these firms fully complied with all labour laws.The report, ‘Voices of the New Middle Class’, was carried out by t...


Korea – More support wanted for laid-off workers

2 May 2013

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation (OECD).  The ‘Back to Work: Korea’ report says the country has avoided the worst effects of...


Brazil – Mother’s Day boosts temporary employment

1 May 2013

The Brazilian job market is set to benefit from the upcoming Mother’s Day in May with thousands of temporary workers expected to find jobs in the period running up to the day, according to new research by the Brazilian recruitment trade bodies Asserttem / Sindeprestem.Along with Christmas and Eas...


Australia – Talent2 ordered to pay in legal battle against rival

1 May 2013

An on-going legal battle between two staffing companies in Australia, HRX and Talent2, has reached a temporary conclusion today as the New South Wales Supreme Court today awarded costs in HRX's favour.HRX is an Australian staffing firm which stands in direct competition to Talent2, one of the lar...


Japan – Yume Technology revenue falls

1 May 2013

Japanese staffing firm Yume Technology (2458: JA) posted half-year revenue of USD 18.01 million (JPY 1.76 billion) for the six months to March. This compares to USD 19.75 million (JPY 1.93 billion) in the previous half-year period, a reduction of -9%.Operating profit in the six months amounted to...


Brazil – Training key to job success, finds Kelly Services

1 May 2013

Brazilian employees are increasingly taking charge of their professional training and skills development in order to manage their careers and stay competitive, according to the latest findings from the Kelly Global Workforce Index.The survey also shows that employers who invest in staff training...


Japan – Unemployment drops surprisingly

30 April 2013

Unemployment in Japan eased last month with government data on Tuesday showing a decline in joblessness while the availability of jobs also improved. The news points to a recovery in the economy.According to the official figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped to 4.1% in March from 4.3%...