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Japan – Recruiter Hito Communications releases forecasts

10 April 2013

Temporary staffing and outsourcing business Hito Communications Inc. (3654:TO) today reports in a brief trading update that sales in the six months to February amounted to JPY 9.83 billion (USD 99.4 million) with operating income reaching JPY 916 million (USD 9.23 million). During the six-month p...


Singapore – Pasona partners with prestigious university to help students

9 April 2013

Japanese staffing giant Pasona this week announced a partnership with a Singaporean university to help students find work experience in the region. The recruiter, the 11th largest in the world, will partner with Nanyang Technological University to launch its so-called Internship Matching Service....


UAE – Technology helps HR directors with recruitment drive

9 April 2013

Companies in the Middle East are plagued by candidate shortages and other recruitment challenges with more HR directors now relying on technology to support their wider recruitment drive, according to new research from Robert Half UAE.A survey found that nearly four in 10 (37%) UAE HR directors s...


India – Hiring improves in March, driven by BPO and pharma

9 April 2013

Hiring activity in India improved in March, according to the latest employment index by job portal Naukri.com. This showed that employment levels in the country’s formal sector rose by +11.5% when compared to a year ago.But month-on-month, hiring activity in March dropped by -1.1%, after witnessi...


Around the web – Contingent workforce recruitment overhauled

9 April 2013

The government in New South Wales (NSW) in Australia is overhauling its contingent workforce recruitment, Government News writes today. The state has released a list of its preferred recruitment suppliers. This is part of the state government’s new supplier prequalification scheme to cover the co...


Japan – Pasona revenue jumps but so do costs

8 April 2013

Japanese recruiter Pasona Group (2168:TYO) reported on Friday that net sales in the nine months to February rose by +13.5% to JPY 153.6 billion (USD 1.57 billion) from JPY 135.2 billion (USD 1.38 billion) a year ago. However, at the same time, SG&A expenses increased by +14.8%, ahead of the r...


Japan – S-Pool reports mixed quarter, demand for temporary staffing high

8 April 2013

Japan-based staffing business S-Pool (2471:HS) reported on Friday that revenue in the three months to February fell -3% to JPY 1.21 billion (USD 12.4 million) from JPY 1.25 billion (USD 12.8 million) a year ago. The firm said this was mainly due to a lack of bigger projects.Operating profit in th...


Japan – Trading remains tough for Career Bank

8 April 2013

Japanese staffing business Career Bank Co (4834:JP) saw sales in the nine months to February fall by -9.5%, the firm reported on Friday. Sales dropped to JPY 3.91 billion (USD 40.0 million) from JPY 4.32 billion (USD 44.2 million) in the prior year.Operating income in the period fell to JPY 63 mi...


Australia – Job ads slip, hiring intentions uncertain

8 April 2013

The number of jobs advertised across Australia declined by a monthly -1.5% in March after reaching a five-month high in February, according to the latest ANZ Job Advertisements Series. The Australian banking group said a sustained pick-up in hiring activity remains uncertain.The data also shows t...


Australia – ICT contractors see higher pay rates

8 April 2013

The latest SkillsMatch Contractor Rates Trend Analysis by ITCRA (Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association) mirrors a number of trends that hourly pay rates for ICT contractors appear to have found a floor.“This stabilisation appears, at first glance, to have come at the expense...