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India – Demand for HR professionals up in September

6 October 2015

Demand for talent rose by 4% during September, compared with August, driven by demand for talent in the Infrastructure sector and for HR professionals across several sectors, according to the latest Recruitex survey from Indian job board Timesjobs.com.

Vivek Madhukar, COO of Timesjobs, commented: "The...

India – Skilled manpower and jobs creation vital for sustainable future growth

6 October 2015

Creating enough skilled manpower and jobs to spur a “virtuous cycle” of higher growth, is one of the main challenges facing India, according to a report from global financial services firm Macquarie, reports The Economic Times of India.

India will add around 100 million people to its working-age population...

Malaysia – Pacific free trade agreement spells trouble for local employment

6 October 2015

Signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) could negatively impact Malaysia’s local labour market, according to Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, Executive Director of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), reports The Malaysian Insider.

The TPPA is a free trade agreement currently under negotiation...

Japan – Revenue and costs rise at S-Pool

5 October 2015

Japanese staffing firm S-Pool (2471: JP) reported revenue for the nine months ending 31 August 2015 of JPY 5.2 billion (USD 43.7 million), an increase of 8% compared with JPY 4.8 billion (USD 40.4 million) during the same period last year.

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Australia – Strong uptick in job adverts

5 October 2015

The number of jobs advertised across Australia rose by 12.8% in September 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank. On a month-on-month basis, job adverts rose by 3.9%.

The ANZ Bank job advert series has reported an increase in the number of jobs advertised...

Australia – Ashley Services’ CFO departs, strategic review announced

5 October 2015

Australian staffing company Ashley Services (ASH: ASX) announced that the company has continued to experience difficult trading conditions. Following a review of its financial performance for the three months ending 30 September 2015, the company expects that net profit after tax before intangible amortisation...

Zimbabwe – Short-term pain for long-term gain if Labour Act amendment passes

5 October 2015

Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has warned of the potential negative effects the country’s Labour Act amendment will have on labour market flexibility, reports newsday.co.zw.

He stated: “We are […] aware of the potential negative effects of labour market flexibility for both employers...

Japan – Job availability figures best for over 23 years

2 October 2015

Japan’s job availability figures continued to improve in August to their highest level in more than 23 years, the government announced today, reflecting companies’ willingness to hire more employees, reports Japan Times.

The ratio of job offers to seekers climbed from 1.21 in July to 1.23 in August,...

India – HackerRank names former Facebook exec President and COO

2 October 2015

Recruitment start-up HackerRank announced yesterday that it has hired former Facebook and Google executive Grady Burnett as its President and COO, reports livemint.com. The company is jointly headquartered in Bengaluru and California. 

The company, which received USD 7.5 million in funding from Japanese...

UAE – End of Service Benefits key to attracting and retaining talent

2 October 2015

The majority (80%) of companies in the United Arab Emirates expect to see an increase in headcount over the next three years, despite mounting macroeconomic and operational challenges, according to the third-annual End of Service Benefits (EoSB) report from investment management firm SEI.

The number of...