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Japan – Strong demand for professionals boosts Creek & River’s results

2 October 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Creek & River Co. Ltd (4763: JP) reported revenue of 11.8 billion (USD 107.6 million) for the six months ending 31 August 2014, an increase of +12.2% compared with JPY 10.5 million (USD 95.8 million) last year.Operating profit for the period rose by +25.1% to JPY 928...


Japan – Pasona to acquire majority stake in one of Panasonic’s non-staffing businesses

2 October 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Pasona has reached an agreement to acquire 66.5% of the total share capital of Panasonic Business Services Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of electronics giant Panasonic.Panasonic Business Services offers a variety of services; including providing 24-hour office security...


Japan – ManpowerGroup appoints new country CEO and President

2 October 2014

ManpowerGroup (MAN: US), the third largest staffing company in the world, has announced the appointment of Masahiro Ikeda to the position of CEO and President for the company’s Japanese operations, effective immediately.The company’s current President and CEO, Izutsu Hiroshino, has retired.Staffi...


Australia – Unions campaigning to keep labour market testing

2 October 2014

Unions across Australia are campaigning against a proposal to abolish the requirement for employers to advertise jobs locally before filling them with overseas workers on Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visas, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. In June 2013, the former Labour Government passed...


Malaysia – Pasona launches HR consultancy business

1 October 2014

Pasona, one of the largest staffing firms in Japan, announced that it has founded a new company, Pasona HR Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., in Malaysia. The company will provide HR consultancy services to support, predominately Japanese, companies in Malaysia.According to the company’s statement: “Malaysia is...


Malaysia –Jobstreet employees will be retained following acquisition by SEEK

1 October 2014

Following the expected acquisition of Malaysian job board JobStreet by SEEK Asia Investment, a subsidiary of Australian job board SEEK, the company has promised that current employees will be retained, reports bernama.com. Mark Chang, Chief Executive Office of JobStreet, said he had raised t...


India – Companies raided by police over fake employment certificates

1 October 2014

At least seven companies in India have been raided and more than 25 people arrested following reports that jobseekers were buying fake employment certificates, reports the New Indian Express. As many as 25,000 jobseekers are believed to have secured jobs using the fake certificates, with as...


Singapore – Re-employment age to be raised to 67

1 October 2014

Singapore’s Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers (Tricom) has recommended that the government adopt a promotional approach towards raising the re-employment age from 65 to 67 years old.Tricom also recommended that the government provide incentives to encourage companies to re-em...


Kenya – Government strips hundreds of staffing agencies of their licences

30 September 2014

The Kenyan government has defended its decision to revoke the licences of 930 staffing agencies as it seeks to put in place measures to better protect Kenyans working in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, reports standardmedia.co.ke.This decision by the government follows an announcement last...


South Africa – Sage acquires cloud-based recruitment solution SkillsMap

30 September 2014

Business software and services partner, Sage South Africa has acquired cloud-based, end-to-end recruitment solution SkillsMap to broaden its payroll, recruitment, & HR offering. SkillsMap is marketed as an online platform that connects employers in South Africa and the rest of the c...