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Asia – Recruit Holdings acquires large executive recruiter

26 April 2013

Japanese recruitment giant Recruit Holdings has acquired additional shares in what has been described as Asia's largest executive search company, Bó Lè Associates Group. The acquisition was made through a subsidiary of Recruit, RGF Hong Kong.“By bringing together the assets of Bó Lè and the exten...


China – 3.42 million new jobs in Q1

26 April 2013

The number of people with new jobs in China rose by 3.42 million in the first quarter, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Thursday. He also revealed that the registered urban unemployment rate stood at 4.1% in the quarter.Spokesperson Yin Chengji added tha...


Latin America – ManpowerGroup calls for better collaboration

26 April 2013

ManpowerGroup has called for greater collaboration between business, government and education to implement effective training and development programmes that will drive Latin America's future growth.Monica Flores, regional managing director of the firm’s Latin America division, said: “Educational...


Japan – Nichii Gakkan projects higher revenues

25 April 2013

Japan-based healthcare staffing firm Nichii Gakkan (9792:TYO) reported its full-year forecasts on Wednesday for the 12 months running to March 2013. The company, among the five-largest recruiters in Japan, projects full-year revenues of USD 2.374 billion (JPY 236.20 billion). This slightly tops t...


Singapore – Court fines recruiter, employers punished

25 April 2013

A 33-year-old man from Singapore was this week fined thousands of dollars for operating an employment agency without a valid licence from the Commissioner of Employment Agencies.Regulations in the country are tight regarding the operation of staffing companies and legislation punishes offenders w...


India – Signs of a troubled IT market

25 April 2013

Hiring slowdowns and the demand for diverse skills are taking a toll on the minds of Indian IT professionals, according to The Economic Times. Concerns have grown over the mental health of India's three-million strong IT workforce even as the industry slashes fresh hiring, demands better and more...


Australia – Temporary agency workers decline over past decade, unions condemn “insecurity”

24 April 2013

Australia's casual workforce remained relatively stable over the past decade, according to a new Productivity Commission paper that analyses forms of employment between 2001 and 2011. It found that casual and fixed term employees were no more prevalent at the end of the decade than at the start.N...


Asia - Unemployed bankers accept contracts on 25% less pay

24 April 2013

More contract positions have sprung up in the last six months because banks in Asia are under pressure to keep employee costs under control according to efinancial careers. Contractors usually do stints of between three and 12 months and , because they’re usually paid through recruitment agencies...


India - Employers optimistic about hiring in H1

24 April 2013

The consistent economic slowdown and the consequent pessimism in many sectors notwithstanding, employers in select sectors are upbeat on hiring "intent" for April to September this year, with Tier I & II cities holding out more promise for aspiring employees.Paradoxically, business...


Libya – Workers from Pakistan needed for reconstruction

24 April 2013

Following the overthrow of the Gaddafi’s regime and, notwithstanding yesterday’s bombing of the French Embassy, Libya needs a large number of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers to help with the development and reconstruction processes according to The Diplomatic Insight.The main sectors...