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World – Robert Half reports Q1 growth

24 April 2014

US-based recruitment firm Robert Half (RHI: NYSE) reported revenue of USD 1.08 billion for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014, a rise of +6% compared with USD 1.02 billion for the same period last year.The company achieved gross profit of USD 438.5 million, a rise of +7% from USD 410.3 millio...


Pakistan – Labour conference marred by protest threat

24 April 2014

Foreign labour ministers from six South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), EU dignitaries, representatives of Turkey and China, labour ministers from all four provinces of Pakistan, and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ar...


New Zealand – Canterbury labour demand rising

24 April 2014

The demand for labour in the county of Canterbury is growing at a greater rate than the national average while labour supply is limited, according to the Canterbury Job-Matching Report for the December 2013 quarter released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), reports v...


Brazil – Use of temporary workers criticised

23 April 2014

Assibge, the National Workers Union for the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) has criticised the excessive use of temporary professionals working at the Institute, reports mundosindical.com.br.Bianca Schmid, coordinator of the São Paulo branch of the union, said: “Temporary w...


Australia – Aviation and consumer goods most desirable industries

23 April 2014

A survey from recruitment firm Randstad found that the most coveted jobs in Australia were in aviation, fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG), and professional services, such as accounting, reports The Herald Sun.The Employer Branding survey asked nearly 10,000 Australian workers between the ages of...


Lebanon – Foreign firms avoid job fair over security concerns

23 April 2014

Foreign companies are showing increased interest in hiring Lebanese graduates, but the unstable political situation in the country is holding some of them back from recruiting locally, according to the recruitment director at the American University of Beirut (AUB), reports dailystar.com.lb.“Many...


Australia – Too many companies unwilling to employ older workers

23 April 2014

Too many Australian companies are unwilling to hire people over the age of 50, according to Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan. In an interview with Fairfax Ms Ryan said that raising the retirement age in Australia to 70, a move flagged by Treasurer Joe Hockey earlier this...


Singapore – A degree of workplace dissatisfaction is necessary

23 April 2014

“Workplace happiness goes beyond salary and benefits, but organisations often focus on the bottom line, and neglect their employees' personal well-being,” said Goh Jin Hian, Vice-President of the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), reports channelnewsasia.com.Dr Goh said: "It's easy...


Asia – Robert Walters – the accidental recruiter

22 April 2014

Robert Walters, eponymous CEO of international recruitment firm Robert Walters, is candid when asked what it takes to become a global business services provider and how he ended up in the industry.He said simply that he was “lucky”, adding that “it all began by total chance”.Speaking with Asia Fo...


Bahrain – New rules for recruitment companies

22 April 2014

Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has taken over responsibility from the Labour Ministry for the licensing of more than 100 recruitment agencies, reports The Gulf Daily News. According to new rules, all recruitment companies will have to deposit a minimum of BHD 10,000 (USD 26,0...