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India – Hiring set to grow over the next year

13 July 2015

Employers across India appear upbeat about government initiatives; such as digitalisation and smart cities, and are planning to increase hiring activity by up to 15% in sectors such as IT, manufacturing and construction, according to a survey from Indian staffing firm Genius Consultant, reports p...


New Zealand – Unions criticise changes to zero hours contracts

13 July 2015

New Zealand’s Council of Trade Unions has accused the Government of further entrenching the problems of zero hours contracts with its changes to employment laws, reports radionz.co.nz. The changes will make it illegal for employers to require workers to be available for work even if they hav...


Malaysia – Fraud and abuse warning over recruitment of Bangladeshi workers

13 July 2015

The Bangladeshi Government’s plan to export 1.5 million workers to Malaysia under a private agreement and without strict monitoring could create room for the abuse and exploitation of overseas jobseekers, as seen in the past, labour activists have warned, reports thedailystar.net.Malaysia last mo...


Pakistan – A hotbed of unskilled labour

13 July 2015

Pakistan is becoming a hotbed of unskilled labour, pushing the embattled economy further down and frustrating all strategic planning being mapped out by the government, reports tns.thenews.com.pk.Economist Dr Farhan commented: “Pakistan’s labour market needs at least one million skilled capital o...


Japan – Non-staffing businesses boost J-Com Holdings’ full year results

10 July 2015

Japanese staffing firm J-Com Holdings (2462: JP) reported revenue for the full year ending 31 May 2015 of JPY 18.1 billion (USD 149 million), an increase of 20.8% compared with JPY 15 billion (USD 123.3 million) the previous year.    2015 2014 Change Revenue JPY 18,...


Japan – Career Bank reports full year revenue and profit growth

10 July 2015

Japanese staffing firm Career Bank (4834: JP) reported revenue for the full year ending 31 May 2015 of JPY 6 billion (USD 49.9 million), an increase of 11.1% compared with JPY 5.4 billion (USD 44.9 million) a year ago.    2015 2014 Change Revenue JPY 6,047 million...


India – Online hiring activity up again in June

10 July 2015

Online hiring activity increased by 11% across India during June 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the Naukri Job Speak Index, reports The Economic Times of India.The strongest growth was reported in the accountancy/finance sector; with the banking, IT software, IT hardwa...


New Zealand – Two-thirds would quit if offered a job with greater flexibility

10 July 2015

Around two-thirds of New Zealand workers would consider leaving their current job if offered a comparable one with greater flexibility, according to a survey by recruitment firm OCG and diversity consultancy Divertas, reports nbr.co.nz.The survey of 1,300 New Zealand workers across 20 industry se...


Japan – Temporary staffing revenue up by a third at Hito Communications

9 July 2015

Japanese human resources provider Hito Communications (3654: JP) reported revenue for the nine months ending 31 May 2015 of JPY 19.4 billion (USD 159.2 million), an increase of 15.5% compared with JPY 16.8 billion (USD 137.8 million) during the same period a year ago.    1 Sept 14...


Australia – Job adverts up as employment market become increasingly candidate driven

9 July 2015

There were 10.8% more jobs advertised in June 2015 compared with a year ago, according to the latest employment data from Australian job board SEEK. The SEEK Employment Index, which measures supply against demand, recorded an 11% rise compared with a year ago, meaning that there are fewer applica...