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World – Finance & accounting recruitment trends 2013

8 July 2013

International recruitment for finance and accounting roles was cautiously optimistic during the first half of 2013, according to the recent Morgan McKinley trend report. Recruitment consultants responding to the survey believe that the situation is getting better; despite companies continuing to...

Australia – Job advertisement numbers continue to fall

8 July 2013

The number of jobs advertised fell in June 2013 by more than 30,000 compared with a year ago, according to the Australia New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). In June 2013, 129,720 positions were advertised, equating to a drop of -18.7% year-on-year.Australian job numbers are still struggling to recov...

Malaysia – Skills shortage among young candidates

8 July 2013

Businesses across Asia are struggling to find skilled workers, according to the latest Thornton International Business Report. 68% of businesses across Malaysia struggle to recruit suitably skilled candidates, coming third in Asia behind 86% of businesses in Vietnam and 76% of the Philippines wit...

Saudi Arabia – Labour amnesty results in employment gap

8 July 2013

The struggling Saudi Arabian construction industry has had to rely on short term workers to overcome the chronic shortages in available manpower, according to arabnews. Three companies, comprising 13 recruitment firms in the Kingdom, are to hire out workers on a short-term basis to contractors ne...

World: Executives in demand as CEO optimism improves

5 July 2013

Sustained CEO confidence due to stabilising global economies and growing digitalisation and e-commerce have resulted in an increase in talent acquisition in key sectors, according to the Boyden Executive Outlook.“CEOs and decision makers have only recently gained enough direct confidence to add t...

Latin America – Adecco promotes youth employability

5 July 2013

Crecer + (Grow +) is the name of the joint youth employability programme launched by Adecco and electricity provider Endesa. The purpose of the programme is to support young people at risk of social exclusion in gaining knowledge and soft skills to better enable their integration into working lif...

Hong Kong – Labour force to peak in 2018 then decline

5 July 2013

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, CY Leung, has warned that the labour force is expected to increase gradually over the next five years, before starting a prolonged decline in 2018. Mr Leung warned that the manner in which the problem is addressed will have implications for Hong Kong’s economic develo...

Vietnam – Demand for skilled workers

5 July 2013

The Hanoi People’s Council intends to draft a resolution to attract educated and skilled workers to work for local governments. Part of the incentive could be salaries up to 20 times the national base level. Educators and instructors producing top level talent will also be rewarded.The local gove...

US – National Holiday

5 July 2013

Please be advised that there will be no news coverage from North America today due to the 4 July Independence Day holiday. Our American office was also closed 5 July.Our normal news coverage of North America will resume later today. 

Japan – Pasona annual results revised

4 July 2013

Japanese recruiter Pasona Group (2168: TYO) revised their previously published annual results on Wednesday showing lower revenue than expected but stronger profitability. In April, the company estimated that operating revenue for the year to the end of May would be JPY 212 billion (USD 2.12 billi...