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World – CDI Corp’s Q1 revenues rise but operating profits fall

8 May 2014

US-based engineering and technology services firm CDI Corp (CDI: NYSE) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014 of USD 276.3 million, an increase of +3% compared with USD 269.5 million last year.Gross profit for the period rose marginally by +1% to USD 50.8 million, up from USD...


Australia – Recruitment industry lobbies against unfair visa programme

8 May 2014

The recruitment industry, in its submission to the Independent Review of Integrity in the Subclass 457 Programme, is calling on the Australian government to no longer require on-hire labour companies to enter into a Labour Agreement before they can secure visas for skilled overseas workers.The 45...


Australia – Job creation outpaces forecast, unemployment may have peaked

8 May 2014

Job growth in Australia outpaced expectations for a third consecutive month during April, providing further evidence that unemployment may have peaked far earlier and lower than even optimists had expected, reports brecorder.com.The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that 14,200 new j...


Asia – Robert Walters: Economic recovery boosting job growth

7 May 2014

The Asian economy saw signs of recovery during Q1 2014, as figures from the countries included in the Robert Walters’ Asia Job Index showed largely positive annual growth compared with Q1 2013.Across the region, there was an overall increase of +23% in job volumes compared with last year. The gre...


Australia – SEEK affirms profit guidance

7 May 2014

Australian job board SEEK (SEK: AU) announced yesterday that it is on track to meet its guidance for the second half of the 2013/14 financial year, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Andrew Bassat, Chief Executive of SEEK, said that he expects net profit for the second half of the year to exceed...


Middle East – NES Global expands regional presence

7 May 2014

Technical manpower specialist NES Global Talent announced today that it is expanding in the Middle East in order to take advantage of oil and gas opportunities across the region; in locations including Iraq, Kurdistan, and Abu Dhabi.The company recently opened a second office in the Iraq region....


Philippines – Recruitment firm suspended for failing to repatriate workers

7 May 2014

A Filipino recruitment agency has had its licence suspended for 40-months after failing to repatriate its distressed workers deployed in Saudi Arabia, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), reports abs-cbnnews.com.Hans Leo Cacdac, Administrator for POEA, said that...


Australia – Artificial inseminators wanted

7 May 2014

The agriculture and construction industries want the ability to hire semi-skilled foreign workers for short-term projects, saying labour supply cannot be guaranteed nationwide, reports farmweekly.com.au.The National Farmers' Federation is interested in hiring foreign dairy operators, artificial i...


China – Zhaopin to launch on NYSE

6 May 2014

Chinese job board Zhaopin Ltd has filed a registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise up to USD 100 million in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), reports foxbusiness.com.SEEK International Investments Pty Ltd, a su...


Australia – What ICT skills shortage?

6 May 2014

Offshoring has decimated the local information and communications technology (ICT) market in Australia resulting in a large and increasing oversupply of ICT professionals, according to a survey from recruitment firm Clarius Group, reports itwire.com. The latest Clarius Skills Indicator revea...