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Japan – Pasona’s US 401(k) pension plan to include temporary workers for the first time

8 April 2015

Pasona (2168: JP) will become the first Japanese staffing company to offer company matching pension contributions for US-based temporary workers.The 401(k), most commonly used in the United States, helps workers save and invest portions of their salary before any tax is deducted. An estimated 36%...


Singapore – Salaries and job prospects up for HR professionals in 2015

8 April 2015

Recent findings from the Human Resources Salary Guide for 2015 from ZW HR Consulting, one of Asia's largest headhunting and HR consulting firms, revealed some interesting changes in the salary patterns within the diverse field of HR.Due in part to the "value added" services that HR prof...


Japan – J-Com reports strong revenue and profit growth

7 April 2015

Japanese recruitment firm J-Com Holdings Ltd (2462: JP) yesterday reported revenue for the nine months ending 28 February 2015 of JPY 13 billion (USD 109.3 million), an increase of 23.4% compared with a year ago.   26 Jun 14 – 28 Feb 15 26 Jun 13 – 28 Feb 14 Change Revenue...


Australia – Job adverts up for tenth consecutive month

7 April 2015

The number of job vacancies in Australia increased by 6.6% in March 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s job ads survey. The latest rise marks the tenth consecutive monthly increase compared with last year.On a month-on-month basis the seri...


Australia – Recruitment platform Rision announces IPO

7 April 2015

Cloud-based Australian recruitment platform Rision has announced that it is planning to list on Australia’s stock exchange in mid-May. The start-up will list through a reverse takeover of Reclaim Industries Limited (RCM), which fully acquired Rision in May 2014, reports theaustrali...


New Zealand – Job market set for another solid year of growth

7 April 2015

New Zealand’s employment market is in “excellent health” and set for another solid year of growth, despite the slowing down of the ICT industry, according to job board Trade Me Jobs, reports computerworld.co.nz.Analysis of the more than 54,000 roles listed on Trade Me Jobs in the first quarter of...


Japan – Revenue and profits up at S-Pool in Q1

2 April 2015

Japanese staffing business S-Pool Inc. (2471: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 28 February 2015 of JPY 1.7 billion (USD 13.9 million), an increase of 11.5% compared with JPY 1.5 billion (USD 12.4 million) a year ago.    Q1 2015 Q1 2014 Change Revenue...


South Africa – Jobs will be lost and unemployment will rise following labour act amendments

2 April 2015

The amendments to South Africa’s Labour Relations Act (LRA), which now give wider protection to staff employed through Temporary Employment Services (TES) or labour brokers (the local term for staffing agencies), have been criticised for having the potential to curtail employment opportunities, r...


Australia – Job vacancies hit 30-month high

2 April 2015

Job vacancies across Australia rose by 6.3% in the three months to February 2015, compared with the same period last year, hitting their highest levels since late 2012. The increase has been described as a moderately promising sign of improving demand for labour.Data from the Australian Bureau of...


Vietnam – Pasona expanding operations in preparation for ASEAN Economic Community

2 April 2015

Japanese recruitment firm Pasona (2168: JP) is expanding its operations in Vietnam in response to Japanese companies bolstering their businesses, as a result of the looming integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).With the launch of the AEC, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (AS...