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Singapore – Elance: Online work gains momentum

17 June 2013

The number of businesses hiring on freelance platform Elance in Asia, particularly in Singapore, has increased dramatically, driving strong growth in freelancer earnings. In Asia, new client registrations reached 24,959 in Q1 this year, a +51% increase compared to Q1 2012. More than 27,000 job po...


Australia – Skilled Group: Share price drop remains mystery

14 June 2013

Australian staffing company Skilled Group (SKE:ASX) has denied rumours that information potentially leaked to the market resulted in a sharp fall in the company’s share price on Thursday, together with an increase in trading volumes.Skilled Group dominates the Australian staffing market with almo...


Singapore – Unemployment remains low, vacancies rise

14 June 2013

Unemployment in Singapore remained low while redundancies declined during the first quarter, new figures show on Friday. According to official data by the Ministry of Manpower, more jobs became available for job seekers as vacancies rose in the quarter.The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in...


Australia – Skills shortage bites

14 June 2013

Hays Australia reports that 63% of employers believe that skills shortages will affect their business this year, leading 61% of companies to consider sponsoring candidates from oversees, up from 59% last year.“Our 2013 Hays Salary Guide shows that skills shortages are still evident within the Acc...


Latin America – Mobile service model attracts new investment

14 June 2013

Assured Labor, a staffing agency aimed at low and middle class workers across Latin America, successfully closed USD 5.5 million in funding, led by Mexican private equity firm Capital Indigo.Assured Labor launched in Brazil under the name TrabalhoJá in mid-2012 where it now boasts 500,000 job see...


Australia – Recruitment market “close to the bottom”

13 June 2013

Managing director of Australian recruiter Clarius Group (CND:ASX), Kym Quick, said the Australian recruitment market is “very close to the bottom” with the firm not expecting “any significant uplift” until early 2014 after the election and the seasonal downturn.In an interview with Open Briefing,...


South Africa – Restrictions on staffing firms opposed

13 June 2013

The South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI) has warned that amendments to the labour bill, including changes to temporary employment services, could have a negative impact on the economy.The parliamentary labour portfolio committee met this week to discuss the labour bill, with t...


Australia – Unemployment eases to 5.5%

13 June 2013

The latest data by Australia’s Bureau of Statistics shows a slight drop in unemployment which eased to 5.5% from 5.6% in April. The unexpected fall of -0.1% equates to an additional 1,100 employees entering the workforce. The number of full-time jobs declined by 5,300 in May, but part-time employ...


Australia – Seek: Job ads drop

13 June 2013

The number of new jobs advertised online in May dropped by -3.2% in May from the previous month, according to the latest figures released by SEEK, a job site covering Australia and New Zealand.  The most significant drop has been recorded in Western Australia reflecting a decline of -6.5%. A...


Singapore – Robert Half: IT projects out of control

13 June 2013

Poor management and planning is causing the scope and cost of IT projects to get out of control, according to a survey by recruitment specialist Robert Half. This found that 76% of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in Singapore are concerned about scope creep...