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Singapore – Q2 economic boost may not lift recruitment

15 July 2013

Labour economists and HR specialists doubt that Singapore’s economic growth will improve the already tight labour market, according to Channel News Asia. This is despite a +3.7% economic growth, compared with the same period last year.   According to Ronnie Tan, group executive vice pre...


Vietnam – Recruitment company and college unite to produce more skilled workers

15 July 2013

Vietnam’s goal that 80% of students graduating from IT, electronics, and telecommunications be work-place ready by 2020 is under threat. Recent statistics have shown that 72% of IT students lack practical experience, 42% have no teamwork skills, and 100% are unsure of their employment sector. Bus...


Middle East – Employees under increased pressure

15 July 2013

Economic constraints are increasing the strain on the employment market in the Middle East, according to recent research carried out by specialist recruitment provider, ReThink MEA. The survey was carried out with the intention of identifying current employment challenges across the region.Many p...


Hong Kong – Rising jobs vacancies hampering economic growth

15 July 2013

An acute labour shortage in certain sectors is hurting Hong Kong’s competitiveness and undermining its economic growth, according to the South China Morning Post. There are currently more than 14,000 vacancies in the food and beverage sector, 17,300 in social and personal services sector, and ove...


Bangladesh – Recruitment quota causes protests

15 July 2013

Hundreds of student protestors are demanding that employment quota provisions for the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) be scrapped. The protestors are demanding that the quota be scrapped to allow recruitment on merit basis. At present, 55% of candidates are recruited as a direct result of quota re...


World – Robert Walters sees net fee income rise

12 July 2013

Net fee income rose in all international sectors, reports recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE). Group net fee income rose +7% compared with Q2 2012, with quarter-on-quarter net fee growth of +10%.“The Group continues to trade in line with expectations and delivered a solid performance in th...


Japan – Recruitment boosted by improved market confidence

12 July 2013

The Japanese government’s fiscal strategy improved market confident, contributing to increased recruitment activity, according to Robert Walters in their 2013 half-year market update. Employers across Japan recruited in larger volumes, and more professionals sought to change career during 2013.“W...


Australia – Extended election campaign undermining job growth

12 July 2013

Recruitment company Clarius Group (CND: ASX) stated that the drawn out 2013 federal election campaign is holding back the Australian economy and damaging the employment sentiment among small and medium sized businesses.  “The beginning of the new financial year is traditionally a time w...


Australia – Competency-based interviews better than brain-teasers

12 July 2013

Employers are increasingly shifting away from brain-teaser style interview questions; according to research from recruitment company Hays. Competency based interviews remain the tried and tested format, particularly when interviewing external candidates.“Employers have used the brain-teaser quest...


China – Expat does not equal expert

12 July 2013

Chinese businesses have been cautioned about headhunting international talent. The number of foreign workers entering China has increased in the past three decades, reaching more than 520,000 in 2011. However, businesses have been warned that ‘expat does not equal expert’, reports China Daily.The...