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South Africa – Staffing firms forced to diversify

4 May 2015

The recruitment industry is set to have fewer companies as its largest members continue to buy up smaller, more specialised firms, as they look to diversify their income streams.Companies operating in the labour services industry have had to change their profit-making strategies in a market with...


India – Start-up automates hard to find candidate search

4 May 2015

A few months ago, a Singapore-based bank was looking for candidates with knowledge of FORTRAN, a programming language that’s not in vogue anymore. Its search was desperate, as all its systems still run on FORTRAN. Yet, none of its attempts bore fruit, as reported by the Hindu.When it search final...


New Zealand - Jobs grow but wage rises are still modest

4 May 2015

Jobs are growing at a robust pace so far this year, but the unemployment rate may not come down much, if at all, economists say, as reported by the Taranaki Daily News.Tens of thousands of new jobs were created last year and economists expected many more jobs in March quarter figures due out on W...


Malaysia - Immigration warns against illegal employment of foreign workers

4 May 2015

The Sarawak Immigration Department has warned that employers who illegally employ foreign workers will be subject to legal action, even if their workers were brought into the country legally.Deputy director Hamfatullah Syawal Hamdan reminded all employers to apply for the foreign worker temporary...


Asia - Workers rally against government labour reforms

4 May 2015

Tens of thousands of South Korean workers held May Day rallies on Friday, vowing to wage an "all-out general strike" if the government pushes through with planned labour reforms, according to the Economic Times of India.Elsewhere in Asia, dozens of protesters in Taiwan threw smoke bombs...


World – Revenue up but increased costs impair LinkedIn’s results

1 May 2015

Online professional network LinkedIn (LNKD: NYSE) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 March 2015 of USD 637.7 million, an increase of 34.8% compared with USD 473.2 million a year ago.    Q1 2015 Q1 2014 Change Revenue USD 637.7 million USD 473.2 mil...


India – Staffing market set to become world’s largest, says Randstad’s regional CEO

1 May 2015

Economic volatility is a reality today and organisations need to be more flexible to accommodate market changes. The staffing market in India is already large considering the population in the labour pool and is poised for rapid growth. In the years to come, Indian staffing market will be the lar...


Australia – ICT contracting increasingly competitive, but hourly rates have dipped

1 May 2015

Finding ICT contractors continues to be a challenge for Australian recruiters, according to the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association’s (ITCRA) ICT Employment Trends Report for Q1 2015. But despite this difficulty, hourly rates for ICT contractors have decreased.The Report a...


India – Hundreds of IT jobs threatened as police uncover recruitment scam

1 May 2015

More than 200 professionals working in the southern city of Bengaluru, India’s IT centre, face losing their jobs after local police uncovered a scam involving fake work experience certificates, reports the Daily Mail.Police have arrested one person in connection with the scam and a search is curr...


Japan – Healthcare staffing firm SMS Co reports strong international growth

30 April 2015

Japanese healthcare staffing provider SMS Co Ltd (2175: JP) reported revenue for the year ending 31 March 2015 of JPY 15.1 billion (USD 126.6 million), an increase of 25% compared with JPY 12 billion (USD 101.3 million) during the same period last year.   FY 2015 FY 2014 Change...