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Japan – Yume Technology reports strong engineering outsourcing growth

28 April 2015

Japanese outsourcing services company Yume Technology (2458: JP) reported revenue for the six months ending 31 March 2015 of JPY 2.3 billion (USD 19 million). An increase of 22.1% compared with JPY 1.9 billion (USD 15.6 million) during the same period last year.   H1 2015 H1 2014...


Asia – Job advertising volumes up by a fifth in Q1

28 April 2015

Hiring activity in Asia picked up in Q1 2015, with job advertising volumes up 22% compared with a year ago, according to the latest Robert Walters Asia Job Index.Japan led the regional growth, as the shortage of professional talent continued to spur job advertising. South Korea also saw a lift in...


Australia – Ashley Services downgrades earnings forecast

27 April 2015

Australian training and labour hire company Ashley Services (ASH: ASX) today advised that the company’s half-year EBITDA forecast has been reduced to between AUD 21 million (USD 16.4 million) and AUD 23 million (USD 18.0 million), against earlier guidance of AUD 29.3 million (USD 22.9 million).Th...


China – Job creation rate slowing

27 April 2015

Urban employment in China held up in the first quarter even as economic growth slowed to a six-year low, reports khaleejtimes.com. However, the labour ministry warned that authorities cannot be “blindly optimistic” as the pace of job creation is slowing.The urban unemployment rate was at 4.05% at...


Korea – Thousands strike against labour reforms

27 April 2015

Thousands of South Korean workers and civil servants rallied in Seoul on Friday in response to a nationwide general strike call against government labour reforms, reports zeenews.india.com.The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) said more than 260,000 people across the country p...


Australia – Majority of women and half of men believe having children impacts career progress

27 April 2015

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of women believe having a child impacts a person’s ability to achieve career goals, compared with slightly more than half of men (53%), according to recent research from Morgan McKinley Australia.The poll of 873 professionals revealed some of the reasons why, despite a...


World – Protiviti and Technology divisions boost Robert Half’s results

24 April 2015

Robert Half (RHI: NYSE), the US-based international professional staffing firm, yesterday reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 March 2015 of USD 1.2 billion, an increase of 11.1% compared with USD 1.1 billion in Q1 2014. (millions) Q1 2015 Q1 2014 Change Revenue U...


South Africa – VMA Group opens first regional office

24 April 2015

Corporate and marketing communications recruitment firm VMA Group has opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa, marking its eighth global practice and first in Africa. The new office adds significant reach for local and multinational organisations operating across the Africa markets. T...


Singapore – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions opens regional hub

24 April 2015

UK-headquartered global energy recruitment firm Worldwide Recruitment Solutions (WRS) announced that, following the successful launch of their Kurdistan office in 2014, the company has now launched their Asia hub office in Singapore.This is a strategic move by the business to service their client...


Malaysia – Government, not foreign workers, to pay contentious visa renewal fees

24 April 2015

A contentious fee of MYR 35 (USD 9.66) to be paid by foreign workers to a private company for the online renewal of worker permits will be scrapped from 2 May 2015, reports freemalaysiatoday.com. The Cabinet decided that the government would instead pay the cost from the MYR 125 (USD 34.49)...