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Hong Kong: Shortage of tech, engineering and IT professionals

22 April 2013

According to Bradley Miller, the Northeast Asia managing director of recruitment firm Spring Professional, quoted in the South China Morning Post  "there are simply too few experienced engineers and IT professionals for the demands of the market, which presents a tremendous recruitment...


Around the Web: Indonesian Recruiter Profiled

22 April 2013

The Jakarta Post carried a profile of Mariko Yoshihara, managing director of international recruitment and consultancy firm JAC Recruitment over the weekend. Asked to rate the quality of Indonesian human resources, Yoshihara said that Indonesians were very people-oriented, cared about others and...


China: Graduates find opportunities in rural areas

22 April 2013

A Chinese national programme started five years ago aims to encourage young college graduates and postgraduates to lend their talents to poorer countryside areas according to the Shanghai Daily.As an incentive, the volunteers are given titles as "village officials." Other sweeteners inc...


South Africa: Kelly Group sells US staff outsourcing business

22 April 2013

Kelly Group, the South Afrian provider of “people management solutions” (not to be confused with the US staffing firm of the same name) announced that it has sold its its wholly owned US staff outsourcing business, MSquared Consulting, to US professional services firm Solomon Edwards. The USD 11...


Australia – Fewer independent contractors in job market

19 April 2013

The number of people working as independent contractors in Australia has dropped over the last two years, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is mainly due to fewer male contractors working in the job market.The statistics show that in November...


Japan – Pay rates for temporary workers decline

19 April 2013

In March, starting wages for temporary workers in three of Japan’s major metropolitan areas dropped for the first time in seven months, according to a survey by the country’s largest staffing firm, Recruit Holdings.This also found that hiring demand grew last month across the Kanto, Tokai and Kan...


India – Online hiring grows +7%

19 April 2013

Online hiring activity continued to rise in March, according to the latest employment index by Monster. This registered a +7% rise in hiring activity last month from the same time a year ago.The index signals an improvement in business confidence by local companies, the survey found. This is desp...


Around the web – South African employment equity “not serious”

19 April 2013

Top management positions in South Africa are still mainly filled by white people, online newspaper Sowetan writes. According to a survey by the Employment Equity Commission, nearly 73% of these jobs were taken by white people, down from 81.5% in 2002. The number of black people filling such top r...


Brazil – Economy adds 112,450 jobs

18 April 2013

Brazil’s labour ministry reported a rise in formal jobs during March, following an increase in economic activity. But the number of jobs added grew at a slower pace compared to a year ago.Brazil’s economy created 112,450 jobs last month, an increase of +0.3% from February, with the number of jobs...


Hong Kong – Labour demand buoyant, but unemployment edges up

18 April 2013

Unemployment in Hong Kong rose to 3.5% in the three months to March, the local Census and Statistics Department said on Thursday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 3.4% in the December to February period.The underemployment rate was also up from 1.5% to 1.6%. Meanwhile, tot...