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Philippines – Unemployment rate falls in April

5 June 2019

The unemployment rate in the Philippines fell to 5.1% in April 2019, down from 5.5% in April 2018, according to the latest data from the Philippines Statistics Agency.

At the same time, the employment rate in April 2019 stood at 94.9%, up from 94.5% last year.

The labour force participation rate also grew...


Japan – Yume Technology signs agreement with BlueMeme

5 June 2019

Yume Technology (Tokyo - Shinagawa), a subsidiary of Yumeshin Holdings, signed a business alliance agreement with BlueMeme.

BlueMeme, based in Japan, provides services for agile software development.

Yume Technology is handling human resources security for agile software development and engineer dispatch,...


Japan – Government to support creation of 300,000 for long-term unemployed (The Japan Times)

5 June 2019

The Japanese government plans to support the creation of 300,000 jobs over the next three years for people who have failed to secure permanent employment since the collapse of Japan’s economic bubble in the early 1990s, reports The Japan Times, citing a draft policy guideline. The plan will include...


Asia Pacific – Banking, financial services and insurance industry reports growth in online recruitment

4 June 2019

The banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) industry in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines reported year-on-year growth in online recruitment in April 2019, according to the latest Monster Employment Index.

Singapore’s BFSI industry recorded 26% year-on-year increase in demand in April...


Australia – Number of employers offering non-financial benefits falls: Hays

4 June 2019

Flexible work practices, career progression opportunities and ongoing learning & development are the top three non-financial benefits employees in Australia want, yet the number of employers offering these has fallen year-on-year, according to research from Hays.

Hays found that 83% of employers offered...


India – Majority of millennials seek flexible working options (Times of India)

4 June 2019

More than half, or 60%, of millennials in India are seeking flexible working options to maintain work/life balance, reports Times of India, citing survey data from job portal Shine.com. The survey data also found that 13.8% sought flexible working options to avoid traffic while 6.3% wanted flexible working...


Australia – Telstra to cut 10,000 contractor jobs in next two years (The Australian Financial Review)

4 June 2019

Telecommunications giant Telstra will cut a quarter of its contractor jobs, or 10,000, over the next two years, reports the Australian Financial Review. The cuts are part of Chief Executive Andy Penn’s strategy of massive cost cutting and simplification. Telstra previously announced that it would cut...


Australia – People Infrastructure buys IT recruitment firm Halcyon Knights

3 June 2019

Australia-based workforce management company People Infrastructure announced today that it acquired Halcyon Knights, an IT recruitment firm based in Australia.

The acquisition price for Halcyon Knights is AUD 13.5 million (USD 9.3 million) payable in cash on closing. There is also an earn out of up to...


Japan – Hito Communications acquires Triangle Co., Ltd

3 June 2019

Japanese human resources provider Hito Communications announced that it agreed to acquire Japan-based Triangle, a tour operator.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Triangle arranges sightseeing courses, travel arrangements, accommodation, and restaurants for group tourists and individual...


Australia – Job ads down in May: ANZ Bank

3 June 2019

Job advertisements in Australia fell by 14.9% in May 2019 on a seasonally adjusted basis when compared to May 2018, according to data from ANZ Bank. This was the steepest annual decrease since 2013.

On a month-to-month basis, job ads fell 8.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Overall, the total number of...