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Japan – Changes to temporary labour laws hinge on general election

10 December 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has targeted some labour regulations that it views as obstacles to economic growth with varying degrees of success, reports The Japan Times

The revision to the law on temporary dispatch workers, which was aborted in the last Diet session when...

World – Employees increasingly optimistic, says Randstad Workmonitor

10 December 2014

Employees seem increasingly optimistic for 2015 with 58% of workers globally expecting the economic situation in their country to improve in 2015, an increase of +9% compared with last year, according to the latest findings of the Randstad Workmonitor.

Employees in Brazil and India are the most positive...

World – Strongest Q1 2015 hiring intentions in Asia-Pacific, weakest in Europe

9 December 2014

Employers in 38 of 42 countries and territories reported positive first-quarter hiring plans with the outlook generally stronger compared with Q4 2014 and Q1 2014, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Q1 2015.

The forecast improved in 22 countries and declined in only 12, compared with...

Brazil – Companies turning more and more to contingent workers

9 December 2014

The globalisation of labour supply (58%), closely followed by the increasing number of temporary workers (56%), and consultants (55%) are some of the factors that have had a significant impact on the Brazilian workforce, according to Workforce 2020, a global study conducted by Oxford Economics.

The majority...

Australia – Unfilled job costing ICT sector AUD 20 million each month

9 December 2014

An estimated AUD 6.7 billion (USD 5.6 billion) is potentially lost from Australia’s total GDP as a result of unfilled jobs, which is costing the Australian ICT industry AUD 20 million (USD 16.6 million) each month with one-in-10 job unfilled for at least three months, according to a new report from...

China – Clarius Group division opens two more offices

9 December 2014

Recruitment service provider Lloyd Morgan Executive, a division of Australian recruitment firm Clarius Group (CND: ASX), has opened two new offices in China. The new offices are located in Guangzhou and Chengdu; taking the number of regional offices to six with an office in Beijing, two in Shanghai,...

Japan – Benefitting from job tight market, Gakujo reports strong full year growth

8 December 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Gakujo Co., (2301: JP) reported revenue for the year ending 31 October 2014 of JPY 4 billion (USD 32.9 million), an increase of +50.4% compared with JPY 2.7 billion (USD 22.2 million) last year.

The company achieved operating profit growth of +275.6% to JPY 885 million (USD 7.3...

Japan – Artner reports growth in permanent recruitment as temporary/contractor revenue falters

8 December 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Artner (2163: JP) reported revenue of JPY 3.2 billion (USD 26.3 million) for the nine months ending 31 October 2014, an increase of +11.2% compared with JPY 2.9 billion (USD 23.9 million) during the same period last year.

Operating profit for the period increased by +41.1% to...

Australia – ICT talent increasingly difficult to find

8 December 2014

It took Australian ICT recruiters almost twice as long to fill roles during October compared with previous months, according to latest ICT Job Market Report from the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA).

The ITCRA Report showed that the time to place an ICT candidate in...

Taiwan – Hiring demand to remain robust, says 104 Job Bank

8 December 2014

104 Job Bank (3130: TT), a Taiwan-based company primarily engaged in the operation of online recruitment websites, reported +28.4% more job adverts during November 2014 compared with the same month last year, reports The Taipei Times.

Looking forward to next year, the company expects the country’s job...