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Singapore – Highest proportion of highly skilled workers in Asia Pacific

25 May 2015

Singapore has the highest proportion of high-skilled workers across Asia Pacific, according to the Human Capital Report 2015 by Mercer and the World Economic Forum.

More than half (54%) of the country’s workforce is highly skilled, relatively higher than in New Zealand and Australia,...

Singapore – UK’s CIPD partners with local counterpart

25 May 2015

Singapore’s Public Service Division (PSD) has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK’s professional body for HR and people development, to help its HR teams play an active role in building a workforce that is equipped for the future.

The CIPD has just opened...

India – Workers most productive in the morning, least productive after lunch

25 May 2015

The first two hours in the office are the most productive time of day for the majority of workers in India, according to a new survey from JobBuzz, a subsidiary of Indian job board TimesJobs.com. The least productive time is the two-hour period after lunch. 

Over 65% of all respondents said...

India – How to keep temporary workers motivated

22 May 2015

Research recently published by Staffing Industry Analysts showed that only 10% to 20% of organisations make any significant efforts to take a Total Talent Management approach to engaging and motivating their non-employed workforces.

In a recent interview; Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO of Randstad India, predicted...

New Zealand – Invitation-only local freelance platform launched

22 May 2015

A new freelance platform, Yudoozy, catering for freelance designers, project managers, developers, marketing, and writers has been launched in New Zealand, reports stuff.co.nz

Yudoozy is free for freelancers to join but costs NZD 200 (USD 146) a month for employers wanting to find talent. The company...

Vietnam – Calls for increased recruitment transparency

22 May 2015

The recruitment of new employees should be done in a transparent manner, with salary ranges advertised clearly for positions, according to job board Jobstreet.com, reports vietnamnews.vn.

“Transparency in recruitment would also enhance the competitiveness of the country in an international business...

Niger – ILO Convention on private employment agencies ratified

22 May 2015

Niger, the largest country in West Africa, has become the latest country to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Convention No. 181 on Private Employment Agencies (1997).

This marks the second ratification this month, following Mongolia, and the third since the French Assembly voted to adopt...

Japan – Strong international growth from acquisitions boosts en japan’s results

21 May 2015

Japanese staffing firm en japan (4849: JP) reported revenue of JPY 19.6 billion (USD 162.2 million) for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, an increase of 17.1% compared with JPY 16.8 million (USD 138.5 million) the previous year. 

  2014 2013 Change
Revenue JPY 19,623...

China – Strong demand for talent in the first three months of the year

21 May 2015

The vast majority (91.8%) of surveyed companies on China’s mainland increased headcount during the first quarter of 2015; according to The RMG Recruitment Insider Survey, a nationwide quarterly revenue conducted by RMG Selection, a China-focused international recruitment and HR consultancy, reports...

Australia – Prime Minister under fire over “try before you buy” jobseeker comment

21 May 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under fire for suggesting employers “try before they buy” when hiring long-term unemployed people, reports The Guardian.

Mr Abbott made the comments during an address to the Queensland Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning, where he...