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World – Skills mismatch a global problem

1 October 2013

The causes of unemployment go beyond the state of the economy. Unemployment and unfilled vacancy numbers are rising across global markets and the global education systems are failing to deliver the requisite skills and talents to employers, according to a new report from recruitment firm Hay...


China – Overseas recruitment list to be created

1 October 2013

China will publish a list of work skills most in demand to aid recruitment from overseas, a top official in charge of foreign affairs has revealed, reports china.org.cn. Speaking ahead of the 2013 Friendship Award ceremony on Saturday, Liu Yanguo, deputy director of the State Administration of Fo...


Hong Kong – Employees increasingly disconnected at work

1 October 2013

Many employees in Hong Kong have become disengaged from their work, with less than half feeling valued by their employers. Almost one-in-two workers say that they frequently think about quitting, according to the latest survey results from global workforce solutions provider, Kelly Services, repo...


Hong Kong – Heidrick & Struggles appoints first female Global Managing Partner in Asia

1 October 2013

Executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles International (HSII: NSDQ), announced that Karen Fifer has been appointed to lead the Global Consumer Markets Practice in Hong Kong, where she will also serve on the firm's operating committee.Jory J. Marino, Interim CEO, Heidrick...


Japan – J-Com’s revenue and profits fall

30 September 2013

Recruitment firm J-Com Holdings Ltd (2462: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 August 2013 of JPY 3.12 billion (USD 31.9 million), a decline of -26.8% compared with JPY 4.26 billion (USD 43.5 million) a year ago. The company’s operating profit for the period declined significantl...


Japan – Sobal posts revenue growth

30 September 2013

Japan-based Sobal Corp (2186: JP) reported revenue of JPY 3.3 billion (USD 33.7 million) for the six months ending 31 August 2013, an increase of +3.2% compared with JPY 3.2 billion (USD 32.7 million) a year ago. The company reported an operating profit of JPY 288 million (USD 2.9 million), up by...


New Zealand – Employment confidence slips

30 September 2013

New Zealand employment confidence slipped in the third quarter, ending four consecutive quarterly rises, as expectations of job opportunities fell, according to the Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index. The index dipped to 102.8 in the third quarter from 104.2 in the second quarte...


Argentina – Conference promoting employment agencies in Latin America

30 September 2013

“Private employment agencies are creating a channel toward the employment market,” said Fred Van Haasteren, President of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett), as part of the opening ceremony of the XII Latin American Congress on Private Employment Agencies.The Co...


MENA – Social networking image significant for your career

30 September 2013

Social networking activities have changed employers’ opinions of candidates, making a professional online presence more important than ever, according to the Personal Branding in the Middle East and North Africa poll conducted by job site Bayt.com.The poll has shown that managing one’s online pre...


Japan – Careerlink revenue falls in Q2

27 September 2013

Japan-based staffing firm Careerlink Co Ltd (6070: TYO) announced net sales of JPY 6.3 billion (USD 63.9 million) for the second quarter of 2013, ending 31 August, a fall of -31.6% from sales of JPY 9.2 billion (USD 93.3 million) for the same period last year.Operating income for the period fell...