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World – Robert Half sees international revenue still in decline

31 January 2014

US-based recruitment firm Robert Half (RHI: NYSE) reported revenue, for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2013, of USD 1.08 billion, an organic increase of +3.3% compared with USD 1 billion a year ago. The company achieved a gross profit of USD 443.2 million, up from USD 416.4 million.Robert...


World – Kelly plans for growth following positive results

31 January 2014

Kelly Services Inc. (KELYA: NASDAQ) announced revenue of USD 1.39 billion for the fourth quarter ending 29 December 2013, an increase of +0.8% compared with USD 1.38 billion last year. The company achieved a gross profit of USD 231.5 million, a year-on-year rise of +4.1% from a gross profit of US...


Oman – Labour law review announced

31 January 2014

The Oman Ministry of Manpower has convened a committee to discuss the mechanisms of upgrading the Omani Labour Law; so that they meet international labour standards and keep pace with the latest developments in the job market, reports omanobserver.om.A seminar, held at the Oman Tourism College, w...


India – Only a third of graduates are employable

31 January 2014

An assessment of a hundred thousand students on various skills found that only 34% were employable, with women faring better than men in the tests, according to the National Skill Report 2014 survey carried out by Wheebox, an online assessment firm, reports The Economic Times India.The top 10 cit...


Japan – Government panel recommends relaxing dispatch regulations

30 January 2014

The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry yesterday recommended that the regulations on temporary workers (known locally as dispatch workers) be relaxed to allow employers to offer the same temporary positions for more than three years, reports globalpost.com.A bill to revise the Worker Dispatching...


Hong Kong – Labour dispatch regulations issued

30 January 2014

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued, on the 24 January 2014, the Provisional Regulations on Labour Dispatch (“Labour Dispatch Regulations”), which clarify many important issues regarding the use of dispatched/contingency workers left unaddressed in the Employment Contract L...


Singapore –Skilled jobs creation to fall by a third in 2014

30 January 2014

Singapore’s main economic planning agency expects that the number of new skilled jobs created in 2014 will decline by between -25% to -35%, compared with the number created in 2013, reports news.asiaone.com.The Economic Development Board (EDB) expects Singapore to create between 14,000 and 16,000...


Australia – ICT job market softens

30 January 2014

The ICT labour market has been affected by the general downward business trend, according to the SkillsMatch Dashboard and Trends Report for the October to December quarter from the Information Technology Contract & Recruitment Association (ITCRA). For the first time the ITCRA’s index has rec...


World – Executive search firms more confident

29 January 2014

The 2014 Global Executive Outlook Report just released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and online career management service BlueSteps shows that 51% of senior executives worldwide hold a positive outlook for the global executive job market for 2014, an increase of +15% c...


World – It now takes twice as long to get a job

29 January 2014

The competition for jobs is not only greater following the economic downturn, it is also more drawn out, as candidates are left sweating through a month-long process of interviews, reports afr.com. The average time it takes to secure a new job has doubled over the past five years.Recruitment indu...