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Argentina – Sharp decline in temporary jobs

15 January 2015

The number of temporary jobs in Argentina decreased by nearly 25% during 2014, according to data from the country’s Institute for National Statistics (INDEC). The number of temporary jobs fell from 69,666 in 2013 to 52,834 in 2014. 

There are 16 million workers in Argentina, comprising 11 million...

Australia – Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain hiring to pick up in 2015

15 January 2015

Demand for Transport, Logistics, and Supply Chain staff across Australia increased by 22.4% between December 2013 and December 2014, according to the LabourForce Impex Job Index. The Index reported a month-on-month decrease of 4.6% in December 2014, the first decline reported since June 2014.


Australia – Recruit Holdings announces two major acquisitions

15 January 2015

Japanese staffing giant Recruit Holdings (6098: JP) announced that it has acquired Australian staffing company Chandler MacLeod Group (CMG: AU) and Australian IT recruitment firm Peoplebank.

Recruit Holdings has agreed to commence procedures for the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of Chandler...

South Korea – President calls for reform of inflexible labour market

15 January 2015

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has asked labour and management officials to come up with fundamental measures to address South Korea's rigid labour market by March, reports the Korea Herald.

The government is seeking to ease "inflexibility" in employment at large businesses and public...

West Africa – Governments not investing in the labour market

15 January 2015

A study by the Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland (SASK) and the Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) conducted in three West African countries on decent work has revealed that governments in those countries have failed to invest in the labour market and labour institutions according to ghanaweb.com...

Malaysia - 60% of jobseekers use social media

15 January 2015

While the Malaysian C-suite may be slow to hop on the social media bandwagon, going digital is increasingly becoming the best way for recruiters to fill open positions, reports Human Resources Online.

At least three in every five jobseekers in Malaysia used social media in their job hunt in the past year,...

Japan – Pasona reports H1 revenue growth but net profit loss

14 January 2015

Recruitment firm Pasona Group (2168: JP), one of the largest staffing firms in Japan, reported revenue for the first six months ending 30 November 2014 of JPY 113.8 billion (USD 954.2 million), an increase of 10.9% compared with JPY 102.6 billion (USD 865.7 million) last year.  


Japan – Hito Communications reports strong growth in temporary staffing revenue but operating profit slips

14 January 2015

Japanese human resources provider Hito Communications (3654: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 30 November 2014 of JPY 6.3 billion (USD 53.3 million), an increase of 15.4% from JPY 5.5 billion (USD 46.5 million) a year ago.

  Q1 2014 Q1 2013 Change
Revenue JPY...

India – IKYA Human Capital Solutions and TeamLease Services reportedly mulling IPOs

14 January 2015

Indian staffing firms Ikya Human Capital Solutions and TeamLease Services are looking to raise as much as USD 350 million in two separate stock market listings, sources told Reuters.

The listings, which are expected to happen in the first half of 2015, could mark a recovery in Indian flotations. Despite...

Australia – Seventh consecutive year-on-year increase in job adverts during December

13 January 2015

There were +11.4% more jobs advertised in Australia during December 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the ANZ Bank’s job advertisement survey. The latest rise marks the seventh consecutive increase in job adverts compared with last year.