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Singapore – Most preferred recruitment firms listed

8 January 2015

Recruit Express, Robert Walters, and PageGroup have emerged as the most preferred recruitment firms overall in Singapore, according to the Vendors of the Year 2014 report published by Asia-based HR publication Human Resources.

Recruit Express, which came in second place last year, shot to the top of the...

Australia – Public sector hiring freeze delivers cash bonanza for recruitment firms

8 January 2015

Recruitment firms reaped a bonanza of more than AUD 100 million (USD 80.7 million) in Commonwealth contracts during 2014, cashing in on the Abbott government's public services’ hiring freeze, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Spending by government departments soared by nearly +50% last year to AUD...

Singapore – ZW HR Consulting appoints Managing Director

8 January 2015

ZW HR Consulting, a Chinese mid-senior level staffing solutions and talent management services provider, has appointed Mervin Chui as Managing Director of its Singapore operations.

Frank Yu, Chairman of ZW HR Consulting said, “Mervin will be responsible for leading and driving all of ZW HR Consulting’s...

Australia – Proposal to allow temporary overseas workers to work without 457 visa criticised

7 January 2015

A new temporary-entry permit proposed by Australia’s Department of Immigration that would allow overseas workers to stay in the country for a year without a skilled temporary 457 visa will create "open slather" on the Australian labour market. At a time it faces growing unemployment, unions...

China – Firms struggling with compliance talent shortage

7 January 2015

The Chinese job market will see rising demand for compliance professionals in 2015 with huge growth in demand for compliance experts the most important trend in the next 12 months, according to a report from recruitment firm Hays, reports China Daily.

The government’s anti-graft campaign, as well as...

World – Using an executive search firm versus self-hiring

7 January 2015

There has been a growing trend toward “dis-intermediation” in the executive search business over the past few years, according to Randeep Bhattacharya, CEO of Thailand-based executive search firm Saitech Solutions, reports nationalmultimedia.com.

By “dis-intermediation”, Mr Bhattacharya means...

Hong Kong – Talent Rover expands presence in Asia

7 January 2015

Talent Rover, a provider of cloud-based software to the staffing industry, announced the opening of an office in Hong Kong. The new office will serve staffing and recruitment firms throughout Asia Pacific.

In addition to its new Hong Kong office, Talent Rover has a local presence in San Francisco, London,...

Japan – Increased demand and lower costs boost Career Bank’s H1

6 January 2015

Japanese staffing business Career Bank Co (4834: JP) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 November 2014 of JPY 3 billion (USD 24.8 million), an increase of +14.5% compared with JPY 2.6 billion (USD 21.6 million) during the same period last year.

Operating profit for the period increased by +54.6%...

India – Strong job creation and pay increases expected in 2015

6 January 2015

Indian companies are planning to create close to one million new jobs and award pay increases of up to +40% to their best performers in 2015 according to recruiters, reports Business Today.

Average salary increases could be as high as +20%, compared with +12% during 2014. High-tech sectors, such as e-commerce,...

India – Government urged to give low-wage workers more control over their salaries

6 January 2015

A consortium of more than 500 companies in India, including staffing firm TeamLease, have sent a petition to the government, requesting that low-paid workers have a greater say in how their salaries are paid and contributions invested, reports The Economic Times of India.

The petition asks the government...