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Australia – July business conditions reach four year high

13 August 2014

A measure of Australian business conditions hit the highest in four years in July as firms reported a sharp pick- up in sales and profitability, though many remained reluctant to hire new workers.
National Australia Bank's (NAB.ASX) survey of more than 400 firms showed its index of business conditions...

Singapore – Labour productivity falls in Q2

13 August 2014

Labour productivity in Singapore fell -1.3% in the second quarter of this year from a year ago, adversely affected hurt falling productivity in sectors such as accommodation and food and business services, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (‘MTI’). The drop in productivity was the first...

Philippines – POEA cancels recruitment firm’s license

13 August 2014

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has cancelled the license of recruitment agency Japhil 2000 International Agency Corporation which was found liable for charging excessive placement fee from a worker it deployed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said...

India - Job seekers duped after being promised employment

13 August 2014

A recruitment agency has allegedly duped thirty-six job seekers by promising them employment in UAE, according to Indian police. Harsh Kumar and his sixteen colleagues in a complaint to the Ghaziabad police said they had handed over their passports to a manager of a placement firm in Indirapuram, just...

China – 51 job report fall in net profit despite revenue rise

12 August 2014

Chinese job board and HR provider 51job Inc. (JOBS: NSQ) reported revenue of RMB 457.5 million (USD 73.8 million) for the second quarter ending 3 June 2014, a year-on-year increase of +13.1% from RMB 404.4 million (USD 65 million) in Q2 2013.

The company achieved a gross profit of RMB 325.8 million (USD...

China – Michael Page highlights stability of the Chinese employment market

12 August 2014

The Michael Page China Employee Intentions Report shows how China’s professional employment market continues to show signs of resilience, stability and growth. The company's most recent survey has found jobseekers remaining fairly positive and optimistic about the job market in the next year.


Morocco – Young graduates are faced with a growing jobless rate

12 August 2014

Figures from the High Commission for Planning (HCP) have highlighted a rise in unemployment between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014, particularly among youths.

The number of jobseekers in Morocco has reached 1,114,000, a rise of 65,000, with 39,000 living in urban areas and 26,000 living in rural areas. The unemployment...

Nigeria - Chartered Institute inaugurates charter to introduce international HR standards

12 August 2014

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) has inaugurated a charter to set national standards for all the core areas of human resource management, such as recruitment, workforce planning, learning and development.

The CIPM Charter has placed the responsibility for setting standards...

Australia – Freelancer revenue up profits down

11 August 2014

Freelancer.com (ASX:FLN), which has set its sights on becoming the amazon.com of the online staffing industry, announced total revenue of AUD 11.9 million (USD 11 million ) up +41% but an operating net loss after tax of AUD 0.6 million (USD 0.55 million) for the first half of the 2014 financial year...

Japan – Fullcast Holdings see a turnround in fortunes

11 August 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Fullcast Holdings Ltd., (4848: JP) has reported revenue for the six months ending 30th June, 2014 of JPY 9.43 billion (USD 92.4 million), a rise of +16% compared with JPY 8.15 billion (USD 80 million) for the same six month period last year.

The company reported an operating...