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Australia – Employee or independent contractor? The uncertainty continues

12 August 2015

The test for determining whether a worker is a contractor or an employee continues to trouble Australian businesses, according to Michelle Isaac, Special Counsel at Australian law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

This is because there is no single factor which is determinative. It is necessary to weigh...

New Zealand – Businesses need to better manage contract workers

12 August 2015

Businesses must better manage contractual workers to avoid high staff turnover rates, increased labour costs, and lost productivity, according to James Kissell, Marketing Director at WFS: A Workforce Software Company, reports computerworld.co.nz.

A recent report from Staffing Industry Analysts, entitled...

Japan – Recruit Holdings to offer unrestricted telecommuting for all

12 August 2015

In an unusual move in a country strongly associated with workplace “presenteeism”, Japanese recruitment giant Recruit Holdings has announced that it plans to give all of its employees the option to telecommute, reports asia.nikkei.com.

Even more unusually, the company will not set any limit on the...

Japan – Acquisitions boost Temp Holdings’ results

11 August 2015

Temp Holdings (2181: JP), the second largest staffing firm in Japan, reported revenue for the first quarter ending 30 June 2015 of JPY 119.2 billion (USD 957.2 million), an increase of 24.4% compared with JPY 95.8 billion (USD 769.2 million) during the same period last year. 

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China – 51job reports revenue and profit growth, completed two acquisitions

11 August 2015

Chinese job board and HR provider 51job Inc (JOBS: NSDQ) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2015 of RMB 508 million (USD 81.7 million), an increase of 11% compared with RMB 457.5 million (USD 73.6 million) during the same period last year. 

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Japan – Revenue and profits flat but Crie Anabuki income up by a third

11 August 2015

Japanese HR services provider Crie Anabuki (4336: JP) yesterday reported revenue for the first quarter ending 30 June 2015 of JPY 1.6 billion (USD 12.7 million), a decrease of 0.9% compared with the same period last year. 

  Q1 2015 Q1 2014 Change
Revenue JPY 1,582 million ...

Australia – Professional jobs set to grow, as labourer numbers look set to dwindle

11 August 2015

There will be plenty of job opportunities opening up for health, IT, or social work professionals over the coming five years, but those looking to work on factory production lines are unlikely to find securing a new job easy, reports theaustralian.com.au.

Occupations set for the fastest growth are those...

Japan – Recruit grows following acquisition spree, plans for more

10 August 2015

Japanese staffing giant Recruit Holdings (6098: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 30 June 2015 of JPY 344.2 billion (USD 2.8 billion), an increase of 12.5% compared with JPY 305.8 billion (USD 2.5 billion) during the same period last year. 

  Q1 2015 Q1 2014 Change...

Japan – Trust Tech’s revenue driven by engineering recruitment

10 August 2015

Japanese technical staffing firm Trust Tech (2154: JP) on Friday reported revenue of JPY 20.8 billion (USD 167.6 million) for the year ending 30 June 2015, an increase of 18% compared with JPY 17.6 billion (USD 142 million) the previous year. 

  FY 2015 FY 2014 Change
Revenue ...

India – Staffing sector should be licensed

10 August 2015

The President of the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), Rituparna Chakraborty, has called for the implementation of a licensing system for India’s staffing industry, due the speed at which new staffing companies are being created, reports deccanherald.com.

Speaking with the Deccan Herald, she said: “Only...