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Australia – Acquisitions boost Freelancer’s growth

3 August 2015

Freelancer (FLN: ASX), the Australia-based online freelance platform, last week reported net revenue for the six months ending 30 June 2015 of AUD 16.8 million (USD 12.3 million), an increase of 40.8% compared with AUD 11.9 million (USD 8.7 million) during the same period last year. 


Australia – Growth in job adverts eases

3 August 2015

The number of jobs advertised in Australia increased by 9.3% during July 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s job advert survey.

The latest growth was a below the 10.8% increase reported in June and the 14.1% increase in May; however, it should...

Singapore – No easy choices on foreign worker, immigrant policies, says Prime Minister

3 August 2015

Moves to impose curbs on immigration and the size of the foreign worker population are not because the government has decided to be populist, but are a recognition of real problems that can affect Singapore society, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reports news.asiaone.com.

It’s not just about how...

UAE – Hiring slows, weighed down by oil prices

3 August 2015

Companies in the UAE showed some reluctance to hire in recent months, partly due to falling oil prices. As a result, the number of jobs created decreased by 1% in Q2 2015 compared with Q1 2015, according to the latest UAE Employment Monitor report from Morgan McKinley, reports gulfnews.com.

There were...

World – LinkedIn continues strong growth in Q2

31 July 2015

LinkedIn (LNKD: NYSE), the online professional network, yesterday reported revenue for the second quarter ending June 2015 of USD 712 million, an increase of 33.3% from USD 534 million during the same period last year.

Unique visiting members to jobs-related pages improved approximately 40% year-over-year,...

Japan – Labour market continues ‘on recovery path’

31 July 2015

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at a seasonally adjusted 3.4% in June, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced. That was above forecasts for 3.3%, which would have been unchanged from the May reading. This represented the first rise in unemployment for five months.

The job-to-applicant...

Singapore – Ministry responds to slowing employment figures

31 July 2015

It was reported yesterday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up from 1.8% in March to 2.0% in June. Among residents, unemployment rose to 2.8% while for citizens, unemployment rose to 2.9%, similar to the situation a year ago.

Overall employment grew by 15,700 in the second quarter,...

Oman – Amnesty extended for illegal migrant workers

31 July 2015

Oman has extended its amnesty for illegal foreign workers to leave the country without being fined to the end of October, according to a press note from the Ministry of Manpower. More than 14,000 illegal workers have applied for the amnesty so far.A Ministry official stated that more than 60,000 foreigners,...

World – Robert Walters reports revenue growth across all regions

30 July 2015

International recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) reported revenue of £377.6 million for the six months ending 30 June 2015, an increase of +25% in constant currency compared with £310.0 million last year.

Revenue and Gross Profit during H1 2015 was as follows:

  H1 2015 H1 2014...

Australia – Report highlights pay gap for women

30 July 2015

More Australian women are working than ever before, but they continue to lag behind men in terms of pay, according to an ANZ white paper.

The ANZ Women's Report, ‘Barriers to Achieving Gender Equity’, states that the income disparity begins early in careers and the gender pay differences are deeply...