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Permanent and Temporary recruitment activity is increasing in some Asia-Pacific countries, according to research by Resource Solutions, a subsidiary of the Robert Walters Group. Temporary recruitment has increased +30% in Hong Kong compared with the same period last year. Gains were also reported in Malaysia with +26% and in Singapore with +12%.
Of the HR representatives from across Asia responding to the survey; the majority came from Singapore (43%), Hong Kong (24%) and Malaysia (18%). Vietnamese respondents outnumbered Chinese respondents, with 5% and 4% of respondents respectively. Only 1% of respondents came from Indonesia and Thailand.
In terms of the next 12 months, the biggest priority for recruitment was improving the quality of the candidates. Cost savings ranked second, followed by improving the quality of service delivered to hiring managers. Cost savings has increased in priority, having been ranked fifth in the 2012 survey.
Candidate quality is the top priority for Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Cost savings, however, was of greater priority in Singapore than in the other two countries, particularly Malaysia where it is ranked 6th out of nine.