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Japan – Career Bank posts profit after breaking even last year

4 October 2013

Staffing company Career Bank Co (4834: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 August 2013 of JPY 1.29 billion (USD 13.2 million), an increase of +5.7% from JPY 1.22 billion (USD 12.5 million) a year ago.The company reported an operating profit for the period of JPY 29 million (USD 2...


New Zealand – Job market growth continues

4 October 2013

The New Zealand employment market is continuing to grow, according to an analysis of over 50,000 roles listed job board Trade Me Jobs. The number of job listings increased by +9.8% compared with a year ago, following on from a double digit growth in the last quarter.The Head of Trade Me Jobs, Pet...


Asia – Social media still an unknown factor in recruitment

4 October 2013

Business leaders in Asia are using social media more often as a tool for recruitment; however, some remain sceptical about the reliability of scattered information posted online to assess whether a candidate is suitable, reports the Jakarta Post.Andrew Grant, from consulting firm McKinsey & C...


South Africa – COSATU condemns IMF report

3 October 2013

The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU), which represents 2.2 million workers, is flabbergasted by the International Monetary Fund's Annual Article IV Country Report on South Africa.In their statement, COSATU says that the IMF lays the blame for the poorly performing economy of South A...


Taiwan – Government under fire for using leased employees

3 October 2013

Following criticism of the increasing number of leased employees in various government departments, which is said to be to blame for the stagnation of wages. The Directorate-General of Personnel Administration Minister Frank Huang yesterday said he would address the issue, reports the Taipei Time...


Australia – OneShift announces partnership with Programmed

3 October 2013

OneShift, an online recruitment platform for shift and short-term work, has announced an equity partnership with staffing and facility management company Programmed, according to startupssmart.com.au.In exchange for a 27.5% equity stake, OneShift will receive AUD 5 million (USD 4.7 million) and a...


Nepal – Overseas workers exploitation begins at home

3 October 2013

The migrant labourers' journey from Nepal to exploitation and even forced labour in Qatar usually begins with the recruiting agents at home, who promise lucrative jobs abroad but often fail to deliver, reports The Guardian.Limited understanding of English means that workers across Nepal are often...


New Zealand – Filipino workers drowning in debt

3 October 2013

Filipino workers on the Christchurch rebuild are being forced to pay thousands of dollars to overseas loan sharks for the right to work in New Zealand, as part of a larger recruitment industry that some are labelling ethically dubious, reports tvnz.co.nz.Most recruitment agencies in the Philippin...


Australia – Work/life balance trumps promotion

3 October 2013

Australians are more concerned about achieving a healthy work/life balance and having an interesting job than climbing the corporate ladder, with the nation having some of the least aspirational workers in the world, reports theaustralian.com.au.Only 8% of Australians are strongly focused on prom...


New Zealand – AWF Group acquires white collar staffing firm

2 October 2013

New Zealand-based blue-collar temporary staffing provider AWF Group (AWF: NZSX ) has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Maddison Recruitment Ltd and Madison Force Ltd, known collectively as the Madison Group.AWF Group will acquire the Madison Group for a maximum purchase price...