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Japan — Starting salaries rise for graduates

20 November 2015

The average monthly starting salary for new university graduates in Japan rose 0.8% in 2015 to JPY 202,000 (USD 1,640) from the previous year, according to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. It was the second year in a row that starting salary had increased.

Starting salary for graduates...

Brazil — Unemployment up, workers’ income dips

20 November 2015

The unemployment rate for Brazil was 7.9% in October, up from September’s 7.6%, and up year-over-year from 4.7% in October 2014, according to Brazil’s Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica. October’s rate is the highest rate for the month since 2007. In addition, the average real income...

Singapore — Agency serves up fine for pub employment agent

20 November 2015

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower fined an unlicensed employment agent SGD30,000 (USD 21,175). The man, Lim Soo Chye, was involved in placing 20 foreigners at various pubs in Singapore without a valid employment agency license; Chye pleaded guilty in court on Thursday.

Chye performed employment agency...

Australia — Programmed revenue falls 1%

19 November 2015

Programmed (ASX: PRG), an Australia-based provider of maintenance and staffing services, today reported that revenue fell 1.0% in the first half of its fiscal year ended 30 September 2015. EBITDA fell 3.8% to AUD 25.3 million.

The company reported a non-cash goodwill impairment of AUD 28 million (USD...

Australia — PeopleScout merges with HRX

19 November 2015

PeopleScout, a Chicago-based RPO company announced today its integration with HRX, an Australia-based RPO and Human resources solution specialist.

The merger was announced at HRX’s Innovation Forum which took place in Sydney on 18 November. HRX locations will now be branded as PeopleScout as part of...

China — Zhaopin says revenue up 19%

19 November 2015

Zhaopin Limited (NYSE:Z PIN), a China-based career portal, said revenue rose 19.1% to CNY 349.5 million (USD 55.0 million) in its fiscal first quarter ended 30 September 2015. Gross margin was 93.5% compared with 92.8% in the year-ago quarter.

Online recruitment services revenue was CNY 312.7 million...

Singapore — Demand rises for temporary accounting/finance professionals

19 November 2015

Demand for accounting, finance and banking professionals is growing in Singapore as companies finalise their accounts before year-end and to kick-start strategies that will benefit their businesses in the New Year, according to Robert Half Finance.

A survey of CFOs released today by Robert Half Finance...

Asia — Professional job ad volumes rise 1%

18 November 2015

Job advertising volumes for professional positions in Asia increased 1% in the third quarter when compared with the same period last year, according to the Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) Asia Job Index report for the third quarter. The report tracks job ad volumes for executive appointments across job boards...

India — Government needs HR Department, staffing federation says

18 November 2015

India should have a human resources department for civil servants same as private firms provide their employees, the Indian Staffing Federation said in an opinion item in the Hindustan Times.

“A study said in 2012 that relative to the population, India has only one-fifth of the number of public servants...

Japan — Another deal for Recruit in online payment platform

18 November 2015

Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd. (TYO: 6098) announced another investment in a technology firm — this time it’s taking a stake in Align Commerce Corp., an international online payment provider for independent contractors and others.

The amount of the investment was not announced. San Francisco-based Align...