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Middle East – Gulf Cooperation Council states mulling regional foreign worker recruitment policy

2 February 2015

A Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-wide team of senior officials has been formed to look into developing a regional policy for hiring workers, reports arabianbusiness.com.The team was formed following a meeting of the Federation of GCC Chambers in Saudi Arabia last week and will look at ways a regi...


World – Robert Half reports strong Q4 revenue growth

30 January 2015

Robert Half (RHI: NYSE), the US-based international professional staffing firm, yesterday reported revenue of USD 1.2 billion for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2014, up by 12.7% from USD 1.1 billion last year.  (US$m) Q4 2014 Q4 2013 Change FY 2014 FY 2013 Ch...


World – Kelly Services Q4 earnings impaired by restructuring charge

30 January 2015

US-based recruitment firm Kelly Services (KELYA: NSDQ) reported revenue for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2014 of USD 1.43 billion, up by 5.7% in constant currency (CC) from USD 1.39 billion during the same period last year.  (US$m) Q4 2014 Q4 2013 Change (CC) FY 201...


Japan – JAC Recruitment’s revenue up by a third in 2014

30 January 2015

Japanese staffing firm JAC Recruitment (2124: JP) reported revenue during the full year ending 31 December 2014 of JPY 9.3 billion (USD 78.7 million), an increase of 29.3% compared with JPY 7.2 billion (USD 90.9 million) during 2013.   FY 2014 FY 2013 Change Revenue JPY...


Saudi Arabia – Calls to delay Saudisation as quotas too difficult to meet

30 January 2015

Business leaders in Saudi Arabia say targets set by the Ministry of Labour under the third phase of its ambitious Nitiqat plan, to get more nationals into private sector employment, are going to be tough to meet, reports constructionweekonline.com.Under the next phase of the Nitaqat programme, du...


New Zealand – Job ads jumped 10% in 2014

29 January 2015

There were more than 20,000 more jobs advertised in New Zealand during 2014, compared with 2013, equating to year-on-year growth of 10%; according to job board SEEK, reports business.scoop.co.nz.Janet Faulding, General Manager of SEEK New Zealand, commented: “2014 was a stellar year with media an...


India – Investment in recruitment sector start-ups continues

29 January 2015

Mumbai-based recruitment start-up Aasaanjobs has raised USD 1.5 million in seed funding from technology venture capital fund IDG Ventures and US-Indian venture firm Inventus Capital Partners, reports The Times of India.Dinesh Goel, co-founder of Aasaanjobs, commented: “We are looking at...


Malaysia – Returning nationals to ease talent crunch in 2015

29 January 2015

The Malaysian employment market is likely to remain largely candidate-driven in 2015, with top performing professionals commanding multiple job opportunities, as well as counter offers, according to the latest annual Global Salary Survey from recruitment firm Robert Walters.Local companies h...


China – Premier pledges to create 10 million jobs

28 January 2015

China`s Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to create at least 10 million new jobs in 2015, despite the slowing of the country’s economic growth last year, which is at its weakest pace for nearly a quarter of a century; reports zeenews.india.com, quoting state run newspaper China Daily.Beijing views h...


Indonesia – Employment agencies threaten to stop sending workers to Malaysia

28 January 2015

Indonesian employment agencies have threatened to stop sending workers to Malaysia following a sharp increase in the visa-processing fee. The cost increased from MYR 15 (USD 4) to MYR 250 (USD 69) last month after the process was outsourced to a private company, reports news.asiaone.com. The...