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World – Procurement chiefs more confident but challenges remain

7 May 2015

While challenges remain in some markets, Chief Procurement Officers on balance are increasingly confident; especially in the consumer business, banking, pharmaceuticals, and business services sectors, according to a recent study by Deloitte in collaboration with executive search firm Odgers Berndtson....

India – Recruitment platform Talentpad acquires rival

7 May 2015

Talentpad, a Delhi-based recruitment platform for mid-level and senior professional roles, has acquired Bengaluru-based recruitment and candidate assessment platform OptimizedBits for an undisclosed sum, reports the Economic Times of India.

With this acquisition, Talentpad will embed a centralised assessment...

India – Talent communities an important aspect of recruitment

7 May 2015

Nearly 61% of organisations are engaging passive talent through talent communities, in order to build a robust talent pipeline, according to a recent study from IT community platform TechGig.com.

Of these organisations, 12% said that these communities have also helped them in building their brand and...

Australia – Healthcare Australia acquires Randstad’s regional care recruitment business

6 May 2015

Healthcare Australia (HCA), a privately owned healthcare recruitment firm, announced today that they are acquiring Randstad Care, the Healthcare & Community Care business of Dutch staffing firm Randstad, reports medianet.com.au.

The acquisition will allow HCA; which provides nurses, midwives, carers,...

Japan – Recruit acquires European hair and beauty marketplace

6 May 2015

Japanese staffing giant Recruit Holdings (6098: JP) has acquired a majority stake in UK-based Hotspring Ventures Ltd, also known as Wahanda, a hair and beauty booking website that operates in the UK, Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, and Austria.

Recruit previously held a 10% stake in the company, but...

South Africa – Adcorp forms strategic alliance with Singaporean workforce management group

6 May 2015

South Africa’s largest staffing firm Adcorp (ADR: JSE) announced yesterday that it has acquired an option in, and entered into a strategic partnership with, Singapore-based workforce management group APBA Pte Ltd.

Invested across a number of Asian countries; including Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan,...

World – Global disconnect between employee aspirations and employers’ performance expectations

6 May 2015

A new global career survey of employees released today by Right Management, the global career experts within ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), founds that only 10% of employees define career success as high performance and productivity.

As employers struggle to find skilled and motivated individuals to meet...

India – Government looking to slash number of labour laws

5 May 2015

India’s central government is looking to slash the number of the country’s labour laws from 44 to just five. The government is seeking to make it easier for companies to do business in India and recapture the momentum it has lost in recent months, reports livemint.com

Four laws will deal with...

Australia – Job advert number continue to rise

5 May 2015

The number of jobs advertised across Australia increased by 7.3% in April 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s job ads survey. Job advert levels have increased every month since June 2014, when compared with the same month the previous year.


Japan – Jobs-to-jobseeker ratio hits 23-year high

5 May 2015

The ratio of effective job openings to jobseekers rose to 1.11 in fiscal 2014, hitting its highest level since fiscal 1991 when the ratio stood at 1.34. A ratio above 1.00 means the number of job offers exceeds the number of jobseekers, reports business.asiaone.com.

The fiscal 2014 figure was also the...