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South Korea – Number of temporary employees stable in February, unemployment steady

18 March 2019

The number of temporary employees in South Korea fell to 4.52 million in February 2019, a slight decrease of 0.9% when compared to 4.56 million in the same period last year, according to figures from Statistics Korea.

Data from Statistics Korea also found that, in February 2019, the unemployment rate...


Japan – Will Group Asia Pacific takes stake in Australian HR firm U&U

18 March 2019

Japanese HR firm Will Group announced that its Asia Pacific subsidiary has purchased a minority stake in Australian HR firm U&U.

U&U offers permanent and contract recruitment, executive and board search services, recruitment outsourcing and payroll management.

“We are expanding our staffing,...


Malaysia – Technology professionals to see increased demand in 2019: Michael Page

18 March 2019

Companies in Malaysia are expected to increase salaries as they look to attract professionals within Big Data, data science, consumer insights and data warehousing, according to research from Michael Page Malaysia.

"Malaysia’s digital economy is on the fast track for 2019 which have led to the...


Philippines – Government expects Filipinos to get a third of Japan’s available foreign jobs (The Manila Times)

18 March 2019

Philippines’ Department of Labour and Employment said it is confident Filipino workers would get a third of the 350,000 available jobs that Japan would open to foreigners to address its manpower shortage in at least 14 job categories, reports The Manila Times. Japan’s parliament recently approved...


China – Unsecured database exposes 33 million jobseeker profiles

15 March 2019

A large database containing the personal information of 33 million Chinese users with profiles on recruitment websites like 51Job, lagou and Zhilian, has been exposed, reports TechNode.

The exposed information included user home addresses, phone numbers and marriage statuses. According to Bleeping Computer...


China – Number of professionals seeking new jobs decreases in 2018: Hays

15 March 2019

Approximately a third, or 29%, of professionals in Mainland China were actively seeking a new position in 2018, a 7% decrease from 2017, according to research from Hays.

Hays added that professionals in Mainland China have expressed less openness to new opportunities in the coming year, with most of them...


Malaysia – Low-skilled jobs dominate labour market in 2018

15 March 2019

Low-skilled jobs dominated Malaysia’s labour market in 2018, according to research from Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad.

The MIDF’s study showed that for every 100 jobs offered in 2018, 89 were for low-skilled jobs, seven for medium-skilled jobs and four high-skilled jobs.

In a report...


People – Talent International, Russell Reynolds Associates, German Federal Employment Agency

15 March 2019

Australia-based global technology and digital recruitment services firm Talent International announced the appointment of Káti Gapaillard as Chief Executive Officer of foundation Talent RISE as well as the appointment of Melissa Brown as Talent’s first global Chief Marketing Officer.

Gapaillard has...


Japan – Artner full year revenue and profits rise in 2018

14 March 2019

Japanese recruitment firm Artner (2163: JP) reported revenue yesterday for the full year ended 31 January 2019 of JPY 6.33 billion (USD 56.7 million), an increase of 9.8% compared to last year.

(JPY millions) FY 2018 FY 2017 Change FY 2018 (USD millions)
Revenue 6,331 5,765 ...


Australia – AI and machine learning platform Appen acquires Figure Eight

14 March 2019

Figure Eight, a US-based crowdsourcing platform provider in the online staffing space, agreed to be acquired by Sydney, Australia-based Appen (ASX:APX).

Appen will pay USD 175 million up front for Figure Eight and an additional payment of up to USD 125 million in 2020 based on 2019 performance.

The company...