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New Zealand – Randstad appoints Country Manager

6 March 2015

Recruitment firm Randstad has appointed Brien Keegan to the position of Country Manager for New Zealand, reports guide2.co.nz.

Having worked within Randstad for almost nine years, Mr Keegan has most recently been responsible for product management and new product development across Randstad Asia Pacific...

Japan – Recruit to acquire German restaurant booking business

5 March 2015

Japanese recruitment juggernaut Recruit Holdings (6098: JP) announced that it has agreed to buy German online restaurant reservation service provider Quandoo for €198.6 million (USD 219 million), reports Reuters.

Recruit, which already owns 7.1% of Quandoo, will acquire the rest of the company, it said...

UAE – Fines increased for recruitment agencies and employers in breach of labour market rules

5 March 2015

The UAE’s Ministry of Labour will today begin fining companies for failure to issue labour contracts, the non-renewal of work permits during the grace period, and the non-renewal of the trade licence of private recruitment agencies, reports khaleejtimes.com.

Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary...

Australia – Older workers facing another decade of uncertainty

5 March 2015

Older workers face another decade stuck with a workplace hangover where the dream of retiring early isn't an option and spending 70 weeks trying to get back into the workforce is the grim reality, reports sbs.com.au.

The Australian workforce needs to be much more accommodating for older workers and mature...

World – Q4 impairment charges send CDI into loss

4 March 2015

US-based engineering and technology services firm CDI Corp (CDI: NYSE) yesterday reported revenue of USD 266.7 million for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2014, a decrease of 3.8% from USD 277.1 million during the same period last year.

  Q4 2014 Q4 2013 Change
Revenue USD 266.7 million ...

Singapore – Higher salary main draw for jobseekers, but work/life balance also important

4 March 2015

A higher salary is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the top priority for Singapore jobseekers in 2015, according to new research from recruitment firm Hudson. Work/life balance and cultural fit are not far behind, among the top nine attributes that professionals look for in a new role.

Hudson’s “The Hiring...

China – Rising pay demands making migrant worker recruitment more difficult

4 March 2015

Companies in Shanghai are struggling to recruit and retain skilled migrant workers due to their rising pay demands, reports Shanghai Daily.

Gong Yanhua, human resources manager at one company commented: “It’s getting hard to keep people because they want higher and higher salaries.”

Mr Gong said...

Singapore – Review employment laws to foster long-term employment relationships says MP

4 March 2015

Employment laws should be more protective of employees to foster longer employment relationships but not to “the extreme of some of the Western counterparts”, according to MP Vikram Nair, reports channelnewsasia.com.

Mr Nair said that one of the reasons Singapore has a very low unemployment rate is...

India – Gi Group says recruiters need to combine flexibility with security

3 March 2015

“Staffing firms face the challenge of helping their units in every country combine flexibility for customers and providing security to those getting hired,” according to Stefano Colli Lanzi, Founder and CEO of Italian staffing firm Gi Group, reports the Economic Times of India.

Gi Group; which operates...

Australia – Demand for ICT professionals up as business confidence rises

3 March 2015

The jobs outlook in Australia for ICT professionals is strengthening, month-on-month, as both government and private sector employers express confidence in the year ahead, according to the latest ICT Salary and Employment Index from recruitment firm Peoplebank, reports itwire.com.

The ICT jobs market...