About The Publisher
HRoot is a leading human resources media and Internet company in China, with such brands
and services ...
HRoot Global Human Resources Service Industry
MarketWatch is released by CIS (Competitive
Intelligence System) developed b...
CONTENTS
1. ABOUT HRoot
2. LEGAL ISSUES& PUBLIC POLICY
3. INDUSTRY TRENDS

● Recruitment Trends
● Institutional and Person...
HRoot Global HR-MarketWatch is released by Competitive Intelligence System
(CIS) developed by HRoot, a leading Chinese hum...
China: 27 provinces raise minimum wages*****
(Dec. 26, 2013,Beijing, / xinhuanet.com/)In 2013, a total of 27 provincial-le...
China: registered urban unemployment rate of China remains stable
around 4.05% in Q4 2013*****
(Jan. 26, 2014,Beijing) Li ...
French jobless claims rise in November, but government upbeat***
(Dec. 28, 2013, /Reuters/) French jobless claims rose in ...
More U.S. employers to hire temps in 2014***
(Jan. 3, 2014,/HRoot/) More U.S. employers plan to hire temporary workers in
...
Private firms add 238,000 jobs in December 2013****
(Jan. 8, 2014,/USA TODAY/)The labor market ended 2013 on a roll, with
...
Job vacancy numbers down in Australia***
(Jan. 8, 2014, /HRoot/) The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statisti...
Australia's unemployment rate steady at 5.8 percent in December
2013***
(Jan.16, 2014,/xinhuanet.com/)Australia's seasonal...
ILO survey: private employment services are vital in the fight against
unemployment****
(Jan. 21, 2014,/souhu.com/) Unempl...
International Labour Organisation: global unemployment increases by
5 million people***
(Jan. 24, 2014,/HRoot/) The Intern...
CDI Corporation announces corporate realignment***
(Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/) CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) today announced that...
Adecco considering Hays acquisition****
(Jan. 9, 2014,/ flexnieuws.nl/) A rumour is circulating that global recruitment gi...
HRBoss appoints CIO**
(Jan. 14,2014, /HRoot/)HRBoss, an Asian-based software-as-a-service (Saas)
provider for the HR and r...
NormStar announced the establishment of “China Talent Data Service
Center”****
(Dec.30, 2013,/HRoot/) NormStar, a leading ...
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Kronos announces exceptional fiscal 2013 financial performance***
(Jan. 2, 2014,/HRoot/) Kronos recently announced financi...
Michael Page sees organic gross profit fall**
(Jan.14, 2014, /HRoot/) Specialist recruiter Michael Page (LON:MPI) reported...
IT industry facing skills crisis in Australia ***
(Dec. 30, 2013,/HRoot/) Despite efforts to meet falling demand, the Aust...
ManpowerGroup survey: country tops the contingent workforce index
2013 in Hong Kong***
(Jan. 2, 2014, /HRoot/) ManpowerGro...
Hays survey: China to see strong demand for digital leader***
(Jan. 2, 2013,/HRoot/)Recruiting experts Hays in China indic...
Career International survey: year-end bonus recognized as a new way
of retaining***
(Jan. 3, 2014, /HRoot/) Only 20% of re...
Mercer survey: multinational employees in Hong Kong can expect to
see salaries increase by 4.5% in 2014***
(Jan. 4. 2013,/...
Unemployment remains unchanged in Europe ****
(Jan. 7, 2014,/HRoot/)The Eurozone unemployment rate was 12.1% in November
2...
Robert Half survey: starting salaries projected to rise in Middle East***
(Jan. 7, 2014, /zawya.com /) The starting salari...
Hudson survey: leadership gap impacting businesses in Singapore***
(Jan. 7, 2014) Four out of 10 workers in Singapore have...
The Workforce Institute at Kronos predicts top five trends in
workforce management for 2014***
(Jan. 9, 2014, Beijing) At ...
Edenred survey: employers plan benefits strategy changes in 2014***
(Jan. 14, 2014,/HRoot/) Nearly one in six (59%) respon...
Right Management survey: companies need to prioritize nurturing
future leaders***
(Jan. 15, 2014,/PRNewswire/)The three mo...
jobsDB survey: hiring intentions brighten for Q1 in Hong Kong***
(Jan. 16, 2014,/HRoot/) Six out of 10 (62%) Hong Kong emp...
ManpowerGroup survey: greater flexibility encourages workers to
postpone recruitment in Sweden****
(Jan. 20, 2014,/HRoot/)...
Hays survey: Asia to be the hot spot for hiring***
(Jan. 22, 2014,/HRoot/) Although the supply and demand in labor force m...
Antal International survey: increase stability at managerial and
professional level****
(Jan. 23, 2014,/HRoot/) Employment...
51job to release Employer Recruitment Intention Survey Q1 2014****
(Jan. 22, 2014, Shanghai, /PR Newsire/) 51job (NASDAQ: ...
HRBoss named as finalist in 2013-14 Cloud Awards Program**
(Dec. 30, 2013,/HRoot/) HRBoss, Asia’s pioneering Human Capital...
CIIC was named one of the First Human Resource Sincerity Service
Provider***
(Jan. 9, 2014, /HRoot/) China
International I...
NetDimensions wins gold Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning
Technology award**
(Jan.15,2014,/ifeng.com/) NetDimensions, a ...
HRoot to start the selection of “Best HR Service Providers in Greater
China2013-2014”****

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CTPartners announces acquisition intent for Johnson***

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Business associations optimistic about 2014 in Germany***
(Jan. 3, 2014, /HRoot/) German business associations are optimis...
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  1. 1. About The Publisher HRoot is a leading human resources media and Internet company in China, with such brands and services as HRoot.com, a world’s leading human resources management website; Human Capital Management magazine, a leading industry journal in China; Overclass, an elite club for HR professionals; Society for HR Executives (SHRE), the only society of HR executives in China; the Annual Human Resources Awards in Greater China, a top-notch industry event with utmost authority, scale and influence; the China Human Capital Forum, the largest among such events in China, and the China Human Resources Service Expo, the largest of its kind in the world, which may register over 20,000 visitors in 2014. In 2012, HRoot launched iPhone, iPad and Android apps of its Human Capital Management magazine and its “Guide to Human Resources Services Providers”, and the mobile app of “HRoot Forums and Expo.” HRoot releases the annual reports of the “Top 100 Human Resources Services Brands in Greater China” and the ”Global 50 Human Resources Services Providers”, and the monthly white paper of MarketWatch of Global HR Service Industry, each being celebrated as a guidepost of this industry. The website of HRoot has some two million HR professionals as its registered users, who pay more than 500 million visits in total each year; HRoot has more than 20,000 people attending its offline events each year and 30,000 readers of its publications; it serves over 20,000 customers now, including more than 95% of the Fortune 500 companies in China. It has more than 250 HR services providers, business schools, associations as its ad clients and sponsors; including nine of the top ten global HR services providers.
  2. 2. HRoot Global Human Resources Service Industry MarketWatch is released by CIS (Competitive Intelligence System) developed by HRoot, a leading Chinese human resources media & internet company. The CIS seamlessly monitors and tracks trend of developments of HR industries in realtime 24/365. Key data and information covering news, events and transformation of HR providers, competitors and competitive environment will be well collected, edited, sorted and delivered to readers on a monthly basis by our specialists. For more information please visit: http://marketwatch.hroot.com/ . Contact us Sue Woo 021-5821 5197 5821 5127 021-5821 8663 Suite 511, North Building, No. 77 Eshan Road, Pudong, Shanghai Download"Human Captial Management"magazine iPad App via Apple Store marketing@hroot.com http://www.hroot.com http://www.linkedin.com/company/hroot Download the "China Human Resources Service Providers Guide" iPad App via Apple Store http://weibo.com/hrootchina View more activities via iPhone App "HRoot Expo" 2012HRoot人力资源行业市场洞察 HRoot 2014
  3. 3. CONTENTS 1. ABOUT HRoot 2. LEGAL ISSUES& PUBLIC POLICY 3. INDUSTRY TRENDS ● Recruitment Trends ● Institutional and Personnel Changes ● Lastest Business Development ● Financial Status ● Research Report ● Awards & Honours 4. MARKETING EVENTS 5. DEAL RECORDS 6. OTHERS 7. APPENDIX 1: Ranking List of Market Capitalization of Human Resources Service Providers 8. APPENDIX 2: Global Rankings of Website Traffic of HR Service Providers
  4. 4. HRoot Global HR-MarketWatch is released by Competitive Intelligence System (CIS) developed by HRoot, a leading Chinese human resources media & internet company. The CIS tracks intelligence of over 100 china-based HR service providers covering HR consulting, HR training, head hunting, recruitment, talent assessment, HRO, e-HR, eLeaning, HR media, and HR convention. The Intelligence seamlessly tracks and monitors trend of developments of HR industry, the result of which is well collected, edited and sorted by our specialists. HRoot Human Resources MarketWatch covers intelligence on laws & policies of human resources, news & events, contracting information, financial statement, website traffic ranking, etc. HRoot Human Resources MarketWatch provides business managers with real-time and comprehensive information about competitors and competitive environment so that they make wise decisions and handle everchanging markets with flexibility. First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". Currently, the following contents and data are covered in this Intelligence: ● Laws & Policies: Monthly updates on major laws of human recourses, polices and information issued or modified by national and/or local governments ● News & Events: Monthly updates on recruitment trends, personnel changes at HR service providers, latest business development, financial statement, major surveys & reports, awards, M&A,etc. ● Market Events: Monthly updates on marketing promotions by HR service providers, including summits, forums seminars,etc. ● Contracting Information: Monthly updates on information of clients entering into contracts with information of HR service providers. ● Ranking of Market Capitalization of Listed Companies: Monthly ranking of listed HR companies by market capitalization. Data on market cap are calculated from the monthly closing price of companies. ● Ranking of Global Traffic of Websites: It is ranked according to the global traffic of websites, which was the mean of the monthly statistic collected from tool bars by Alexa. The number various with the daily PVs by independent IPs, and thus indicates the popularity of a website. 2012HRoot人力资源行业市场洞察 HRoot 2014
  5. 5. China: 27 provinces raise minimum wages***** (Dec. 26, 2013,Beijing, / xinhuanet.com/)In 2013, a total of 27 provincial-level regions in China have adjusted their minimum wage standard by an average of 17%, said Yin Weimin, minister of the Human Resources and Social Security on the press conference. And 17 provinces have made their wage guidelines with the baseline around 14%. It is also reported that the government also raised pension payments for retired enterprise employees for the 9th straight year, making the per capita monthly pension for retirees in the country to nearly RMB1,900. Unemployment rate of college grads with rural backgrounds up to 30.5% in China**** (Dec. 27, 2013,Beijing, /China News/)The rural/urban background can have significant impact on graduate employment rate, especially for those graduating from regular universities with a bachelor's degree, said a blue book released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Thursday, chinanews.com reported. The survey has showed the employment rate for graduates from urban families stood at 87.7%, while the figure for their rural peers averaged at 69.5%. Up to 30.5% of college grads with rural backgrounds were jobless. Registered urban unemployment rate of China remains stable around 4.1% in 2013**** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 2, 2014,/souhu.com/) By the end of 2013, registered urban unemployment rate in China remains stable around 4.1%, said Yin Weimin, minister of the Human Resources and Social Security on the press conference, which means that the base date remain the same for fourth consecutive year. It is also reported that 13million urban jobs newly added in China in the year 2013, a total 5.4 million unemployed people in cities and towns and almost 1.7 million personnel having difficulty with employment will find re-employment. The Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security said early last quarter that in the first three quarters, a total 10.66 million jobs were newly created in China ,and the registered urban unemployment rate was 4.04%. The registered urban unemployment rate declines for the first time since September 2010. The state also predicts that there will be 10milion urban jobs newly added by the year with less than 4.6% of registered urban unemployment rate. HRoot 2014 1
  6. 6. China: registered urban unemployment rate of China remains stable around 4.05% in Q4 2013***** (Jan. 26, 2014,Beijing) Li Zhong, the spokesperson of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, announced on the press conference that 13.1million urban jobs newly added in China in the year 2013 and registered urban unemployment rate in China remains stable around 4.1%. At the end of Q4 2013, the registere urban unemployment rate is about 4.5%, higher than that of the previous month. And it is reporte that the base date remain the same for three consecutive year. China: employment squeeze and cruitment difficulties to spread to central and western regions **** (Jan. 24, 2014, Beijing ) Li Zhong, the spokesperson of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, announced on the press conference that the situation of employment squeeze and recruitment difficulties began to spread to central and western regions from coastal regions.By personal ratios, those shortage of skilled and first-line general workers emerges; By industry and corporation, that kind of phenomenon is common in labor-intensive enterprises, traditional manufacturing industry and other service-sector companies; By time, the basic problem of lack of work almost covers the whole year, especially during the New Year's Day and the Spring Festival. China: putting off retirement is an inevitable choice***** (Jan. 26, 2014, Beijing) Along with the constinious change of the workforce market in China, the importance of developing the human capital for the low age old person is increasingly obivious, said Li Zhong, the spokesperson of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, announced on the press conference. It is reporte that putting off retirement is a kind of key initiative to develop the human capital . But it involves every aspect, the government will under the unified arrangement of the the Party Central Committee and the State Council to collecting inpions to put forward the suggestions under the basic consensus. China will promote the implement of paid leave system gradually **** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". ( Jan. 26, 2014 , Beijing ) The government will promet the implement of paid leave system and strengthen the protection of work under high temperature, said Li Zhong on the press conference, the spokesperson of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. It is said that there are four steps for this, that is, innovation the coordination mechanise of labor relationship , strengthen the labor arbitrators and the enforcement of labor security supervision, and reinforce the protection of peasants' equity security. HRoot 2014 2
  7. 7. French jobless claims rise in November, but government upbeat*** (Dec. 28, 2013, /Reuters/) French jobless claims rose in November after an unexpected fall the previous month, adding to evidence that unemployment is rising more slowly but casting doubt on a presidential pledge to get it falling by the end of 2013. Labour Ministry data showed on Thursday that the number of people registered as out of work in mainland France grew by 17,800 to 3,293,000, representing a 0.5% increase on the month and a 5.6 % rise from the same time last year. President Francois Hollande has promised to bring unemployment down by the year-end though the national statistics office forecasts it will not start to decline until mid-2014 from a rate close to 11%. "The reversal of the jobless trend, to which I am committed, is well initiated," Hollande said in a statement. "Reducing unemployment for the long run is now within reach." Jobless claims average fall by 42,000 in US** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Dec. 30, 2013, /xinhua /) The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week fell more-than-expected, adding to optimism over the U.S. labor market, official data showed on Thursday. In a report, the U.S. Department of Labor said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending December 21 declined by 42,000 to a seasonally adjusted 338,000. Analysts had expected U.S. jobless claims to fall by 35,000 to 345,000 last week from the previous week's revised total of 380,000, which was the highest since March. HRoot 2014 4
  8. 8. More U.S. employers to hire temps in 2014*** (Jan. 3, 2014,/HRoot/) More U.S. employers plan to hire temporary workers in 2014 than did in 2013, according to CareerBuilder’s job forecast for 2014. The forecast’s survey found that 42 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014, up from 40 percent in last year’s survey. In addition, 43 percent of employers hiring temporary workers plan to transition some into fulltime, permanent employees. The survey also found that 24 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount in 2014, down from 26 percent who planned to hire in 2013. Thirteen percent plan to decrease staff levels — up from 9 percent last year — while 54 percent anticipate no change. Hiring managers plan to recruit full-time, permanent employees for: • Sales: 30% • Information technology: 29% • Customer service: 25% • Production: 24% • Administrative: % • Engineering: 17% • Marketing: 17% • Business development: 17% • Accounting/finance: 15% • Research/development: 13% • Human resources: 10% Hiring intentions of China employers eased Q1 2014*** (Jan. 7, 2014, /HRoot/) Hiring intentions of China employers has eased this quarter amid uncertainties of the global economic outlook: the percentage of employers intending to increase headcount has decreased by 9.7 pp from the previous quarter to 45.2%. More employers (44.6%) are looking to keep headcount steady, up 7.6pp according to forecasted employment trends for the first quarter of 2014 released by Hudson, a global talent solutions company. “Despite the easing of demand, China has the highest hiring expectations of all countries surveyed in the Asia Pacific, the shortage of skilled professionals in China exacerbates the problem, creating a large gap between supply and demand..” said Lily Bi, Joint General Manager, Hudson Shanghai. First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". HRoot 2014 5
  9. 9. Private firms add 238,000 jobs in December 2013**** (Jan. 8, 2014,/USA TODAY/)The labor market ended 2013 on a roll, with businesses continuing a several-month streak of solid payroll gains by adding 238,000 jobs in December, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday. Economists expected ADP to report 200,000 additional private-sector jobs, according to a consensus forecast. The Labor Department's more closely watched survey of businesses and federal, state and local governments, due Friday, is expected to show 195,000 jobs were added last month. Last month, small businesses added 108,000 jobs; large companies, 71,000, and midsize ones, 59.000. Professional and business services led payroll gains with 53,000. Construction companies, which are benefiting from the housing recovery, added a surprisingly strong 48,000. And trade, transportation and utilities added 47,000. Manufacturers added 19,000 jobs. First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". HRoot 2014 6
  10. 10. Job vacancy numbers down in Australia*** (Jan. 8, 2014, /HRoot/) The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that the number of job vacancies across Australia in November 2013 was -14.9% lower when compared with the same month last year.There were approximately 140,000 vacancies in both the public and private sector during November 2013; a decrease of -0.3% compared with August 2013.The total number of job vacancies in the private sector fell by -15.1% to 129,500 in November 2013 compared with last year. When compared with August 2013, the number of private job vacancies fell marginally by -0.1%.The public sector accounted for 10,500 job vacancies, equating to 7.5% of the total number of job vacancies in November 2013. Compared with November 2012 the number of vacancies fell by -12.8% and compared with August 2013 the number fell by -3.6%. Canadian employment slips in December 2013, jobless rate rises*** (Jan. 10, 2014,/HRoot/) Canadian employment fell by 45,900 jobs in December from November 2013, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.2 percent from 6.9 percent in November, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by Statistics Canada. Full-time employment fell by 60,000 jobs in December, but that was partially offset by a gain of 14,200 part-time jobs.Canada had a total of 17.77 million jobs in December. The number of jobs in Ontario fell by 39,300 in December from the previous month. Ontario lost 26,700 full-time jobs and lost 12,500 part-time jobs. Ontario’s unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.2 percent in November. Saskatchewan posted the lowest unemployment rate among all provinces in December at 3.9 percent. Temporary job numbers improve in South Africa** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 12, 2014,/HRoot/)The number of jobs in South Africa’s temporary and informal sectors rose toward the end of 2013, according to the latest Adcorp Employment Index. Significant job gains were observed in construction and transport, which grew by +7.4% and +6.5% respectively. In contrast, the financial sector shed 13,000 jobs and the mining sector scaled down by 1,000 jobs. Loane Sharp, Labour Market Economist for Adcorp, commented: “The biggest gains occurred in the informal sector, which created 12,722 jobs during the two-month period, and the temporary work sector, which created 5,922 jobs.”The unemployment rate for high-skilled workers has remained roughly constant at around 0.4%. HRoot 2014 7
  11. 11. Australia's unemployment rate steady at 5.8 percent in December 2013*** (Jan.16, 2014,/xinhuanet.com/)Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points but the rounded estimate remained at 5.8 percent in December, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Thursday. The ABS reported the number of people employed decreased by 22, 600 to 11,629,500 in December. The decrease in employment was due to decreased full-time employment, down 31,600 people to 8,067,700, offset by increased part-time employment, up 9,000 to 3,561,800.The number of people unemployed increased by 8,000 people to 722,000 in December, the ABS reported. The ABS monthly seasonally adjusted aggregate hours worked series increased in December, up 0.6 million hours to 1,634.0 million hours. The ABS reported a seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate decrease of 0.2 percentage points to 64.6 percent in December.Many economists are forecasting a gradual tracking upwards of the unemployment rate in 2014, predicting a breakthrough of the key 6 percent barrier. Hays survey: jobs in demand for Q1 2014*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 17, 2014,/HRoot/) Despite a persistent tightness in the Australian labour market, there continues to be pockets of skills shortages; most notably in accountancy, insurance, sales, and IT, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots report. Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, commented: “Job opportunities are available for skilled and experienced professionals. While the unemployment rate remains relatively flat at the moment, with expectations that it may edge up slightly by the middle of the year, skilled professionals in many key areas will still be needed. Employers in several nonmining sectors are growing, but they are facing a shortage of specific high-skilled talent.” A selection of skills in demand from the Hays Quarterly Hotspots for January to March 2014 are : • Business Analysts • Payroll Officers • Management Accountants • Contact Centre Managers • Registered Nurses • Organisational Change Managers • IT Project Managers • Business Intelligence Analysts and Reports Developers • Operation Managers • Property Managers • Mining Engineers • Marketing Managers • Business Development Managers • Skilled Labourers HRoot 2014 8
  12. 12. ILO survey: private employment services are vital in the fight against unemployment**** (Jan. 21, 2014,/souhu.com/) Unemployment levels around the world are rising, according to the Global Employment Trends 2014 report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO estimates that there were almost 202 million unemployed in 2013, five million more compared with 2012. If the current trends remain, by 2018 there will be over 215 million unemployed around the world. The ILO therefore states that active policies on the labour market are required. The Employment Trends report comments: “it is essential to improve the functioning of the labour market by employing active labour market policy measures. Such measures match workers with available employment opportunities, incentivise discouraged workers to reengage in the labour market and promote skills development, so that workers are equipped with the skills that are in demand in the labour market.” Hong Kong foreign labour controls may be loosened*** (Jan. 21, 2014,/finance.ifeng.com/) Chief Executive and President of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying has dropped what trade union leaders see as the strongest hint yet that controls on imported overseas labour may be relaxed in a bid to ease the city’s worker shortage, reports the South China Morning Post. Mr Leung took to his blog to call on citizens to be aware of the shortage as unemployment continues to fall. He wrote that the government would: “Continue to develop the city’s economy, including industries that need new blood from the grass-roots labour force, to provide more employment opportunities.” He supported his argument using the unemployment data released yesterday, which showed a rate of 3.2% for the three months from October to December last year, down -0.1 percentage points on the three-month period that ended in November. The city’s workforce now numbers 3,760,400, a record high. “The shortage of labour and land will be the two major factors hindering economic development. To keep the growth ... we have to take notice of the problem,” Mr Leung wrote. Robert Half survey: business expansion drives recruitment growth in Singapore*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 22, 2014,/HRoot/) Accounting, finance, and IT professionals will be in high demand in Singapore during the first half of 2014, as businesses expand their products, services and reach, according to the Robert Half Employment Report for the first half of 2014. Robert Half's research is based on a survey of more than 400 corporate leaders in Singapore: 150 senior leaders from the banking and finance services sector; 150 CFOs from the commercial sector companies; and 103 Chief Information Officers (CIOs). The survey found confidence levels have jumped compared to last year, resulting in a push for growth that will drive employment activity for the next six months. All three sectors are significantly more confident in the economic outlook for Singapore. CFOs working in the commercial or commerce and industry sector are the most optimistic with confidence levels jumping from 78% last year to 93% this year. HRoot 2014 9
  13. 13. International Labour Organisation: global unemployment increases by 5 million people*** (Jan. 24, 2014,/HRoot/) The International Labour Organisation(ILO) on Monday said that about 202 million people worldwide were unemployment in 2013, an increase of almost 5 million companred with the 2013 figure. It said the uneven economic recovery and successive downward revisions in economic growth projections had had an impact on the global employment situation, adding that this reflects the fact that employment is not expanding sufficiently fast to keep up with the growing labour force.Business activity is picking up but the misery of unemployment continues to pile up. By 2018, about 215 million people worldwide are expected to be unemployed, according to the ILO. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: healthcare jobs fall for first time in 10 years**** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 24, 2014,/HRoot/) The number of U.S. healthcare jobs fell in December for the first time since July 2003, according to seasonally adjusted data released earlier this month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.U.S. healthcare jobs fell by 6,000 in December to approximately 14.66 million. The overall jobs report was disappointing. Total U.S. nonfarm employment (among all industries) rose by just 74,000 jobs in December to a total of almost 136.9 million. Bloomberg reported the number was lower than forecast and the lowest increase in three years. HRoot 2014 10
  14. 14. CDI Corporation announces corporate realignment*** (Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/) CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) today announced that it will undertake a realignment in the first quarter of 2014 to organize its business efforts more clearly into engineering and staffing services. The realignment will also shift support resources including many of the SG&A functions into CDI's business units. The new structure will improve operational effectiveness and further optimize the Company's cost structure. The realignment will take place in January 2014, and will result in a reduction in headcount of approximately 65 to 75 employees and the consolidation of facilities. AMN names chief talent officer ** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 2, 2014) AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm, promoted Julie Fletcher to the newly created role of chief talent officer, effective Wednesday. Fletcher joined AMN in 2008 and previously was senior vice president of human resources. In her expanded role, Fletcher will have continued responsibility for AMN’s human resources function, including attracting, developing and optimizing team member talent for corporate roles and across AMN’s staffing companies. The SVP of human resources role will no longer exist. “Since joining AMN in 2008, Julie has been responsible for the remarkable evolution of our human resources function to one that truly embraces an integrated talent management approach,” said President and CEO Susan Salka in a press release. “Julie has championed a focused, targeted and disciplined talent strategy that ensures we have the most qualified, innovative and accountable team members needed to move our company forward, while ensuring that each team member receives the support and resources needed to remain engaged and motivated..” HRoot 2014 12
  15. 15. Adecco considering Hays acquisition**** (Jan. 9, 2014,/ flexnieuws.nl/) A rumour is circulating that global recruitment giant Adecco is considering the acquisition of rival recruitment firm Hays (LON:HAS), according to Marc Drees of Recruitment Matters, reports flexnieuws.nl. This is not the first time that rumours have circled regarding a take-over bid for Hays by Adecco. In 2010 is was reported that Adecco was considering an offer of £2.1 billion to acquire the firm. Adecco, the world’s biggest recruitment firm, had previously attempted a take-over of recruitment firm Michael Page in 2008. However, the company withdrew its offer after two unsuccessful bids. Despite rumours of a takeover, in trading today, Hays’ share price dropped by -0.8% to £1.31, an increase of +56.2% compared with a year ago. Based on its current share price, the company has a market value of £1.83 billion. Staffing Industry Analysts announces the new executive director of global research** (Jan. 9, 2014, /Staffing Industry Analysts/) Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisor on contingent work, announced today that John Nurthen has been named Executive Director of Global Research. Based in London, Nurthen will be responsible for all editorial and research on a global scale. Nurthen has been with Staffing Industry Analysts for over four years. Previously, John Nurthen was responsible for launching Staffing Industry Analysts’ services in Europe and building the research team to provide content on the company’s European and Rest of World regions. In his new role, John will be responsible for global research and Staffing Industry Analysts’ editorial products including: Staffing Industry Review, The Staffing Stream and CWS 3.0. Prior to his promotion, John Nurthen was Executive Director of International Development. He has 20 years of experience in the staffing industry having previously worked in a variety of senior managerial roles for three of the world’s largest staffing companies: Select Appointments, Vedior and Randstad. During this time, he played an active role in a series of major equity offerings and mergers. Team Health Holdings CEO announces plan to retire effective December 2014*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 9, 2014, /PRNewswire /) Team Health Holdings Inc. ("TeamHealth"), one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, today disclosed that its Chief Executive Officer, Greg Roth, has announced his desire to retire from his role as an officer and member of the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board"), after nearly 10 years of successful leadership at the Company. Until a new CEO is appointed by the Board, Mr. Roth will continue in his current role with a targeted retirement date of December 2014. Mr. Roth joined TeamHealth in 2004 as President and Chief Operating Officer and was named CEO in 2008. During Roth's leadership, TeamHealth has grown from a privately held company with $1.0 billion in annual revenues that was primarily focused on emergency services to a publicly traded company with nearly $2.5 billion in annual revenues that now delivers multiple clinical service lines to more than 860 healthcare clients. HRoot 2014 13
  16. 16. HRBoss appoints CIO** (Jan. 14,2014, /HRoot/)HRBoss, an Asian-based software-as-a-service (Saas) provider for the HR and recruitment industry, announced the appointment of Craig Cook to the position of Chief Information Officer. The appointment is part of HRBoss’ strategy to establish themselves as a prominent leader of HR & Recruitment solutions in Asia. Mr Cook moves to HRBoss having spent 14 years working at Microsoft. Bernie Schiemer, CEO and Founder of HRBoss, commented: “We believe in employing the best people to power and grow HRBoss. We are extremely pleased to welcome Craig to the HRBoss family. It is without a doubt that his talent and expertise will strengthen our leadership in the software industry arena, streamlining our business and leading HRBoss to provide enhanced IT infrastructure and products to our customers.” Mercer announces the appointment of Head of Talent Business in Great China*** (Jan. 14, 2014,/HRoot/) Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments today announced the appointment of Sun Xun as Head of talent business in Great China. In this role, Mr. Sun will be responsible for leading the Great China team of talent business, which is integrated consulting and IT to help client to achieve measurable performance. And He will based in Beijing and report to head of talent business in growth market Susan Haberman and Mercer’s president of Greater China Jonathan Gove. Mr. Sun Xun has over 15-year experience in corporate and consulting in Great China and also be an extensive expertise in the field of organizational development, effectiveness of operating model, corporate change management and innovation. First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". HRoot 2014 14
  17. 17. NormStar announced the establishment of “China Talent Data Service Center”**** (Dec.30, 2013,/HRoot/) NormStar, a leading talent assessment provider in China, held the “China Talent Management and Leadership Development Forum” in Shanghai on December 27, 2013, which attracted more than two hundred guest to attend the forum and the dinner. Chairman and president of NormStar delivered a welcome speech and also announced the establishment of “China Talent Data Service Center”, which will be focus on the integration of date related to talent management and research report to provide preferable service for clients. It is reported that the center is designed to gathering the date resource in the industry of talent assessment to help those executives and HR professionals have easier access to the latest research . Besides, the center is also regarded as a platform of the summary of information, thereby a number of research related to talent management will be conducted through it. Ambition Group launches Tokyo office*** (Jan.9, 2014,/HRoot/) Global recruitment firm, Ambition Group Ltd (AMB: ASX), has officially launched its Tokyo office to meet the demand for recruitment services for mid to senior level professionals in Japan. The Tokyo office will focus on recruiting for professionals within Technology and Finance & Accounting for multinational in Japan.Prior to its launch, Ambition carried out significant due diligence and research into the Japanese market and received feedback from existing regional clients to extend its geographical coverage for Asia to include the Tokyo market. The company also has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Sam Griffiths, Managing Director of Ambition’s new Tokyo office said: “Business sentiment has improved in Japan over the last 18 months, which has flowed through to ever greater demand for bi-lingual professionals from domestic Japanese companies and multinationals. As a ‘global boutique’ firm, Ambition’s more personalised service to both clients and candidates means we are confident of quickly establishing ourselves as a reputable player in the Tokyo market.” Staffing 360 Solutions closes UK deal*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 9,2013,/HRoot/) Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (OTCBB: STAF) completed its acquisition of Initio International Holdings Ltd., a U.K.-based staffing firm, for $14.9 million in cash and stock. The deal also brings changes in leadership to Staffing 360. Initio provides staffing in sales and marketing, legal and information technology through its Longbridge division in the U.K. That division will now operate under the Longbridge 360 Solutions brand. As part of the deal, Brendan Flood is becoming executive chairman at Staffing 360. Flood formerly served as chairman of Initio, and his previous experience includes serving as CFO and chief operating officer for Hudson North America during 2004 and 2005. Staffing 360 Interim Executive Chairman Peter Goldstein is stepping down as a result of the transaction but will stay on in an advisory capacity for nine months. Staffing 360 also announced that Matt Briand will serve as co-CEO alongside CEO Allan Hartley. Briand had served as president and CEO of Monroe Staffing. HRoot 2014 16
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  19. 19. Kronos announces exceptional fiscal 2013 financial performance*** (Jan. 2, 2014,/HRoot/) Kronos recently announced financial results, company advancements, and customer successes for Fiscal 2013 which closed Sept. 30, showing that revenues for the fiscal year increased 10 percent to a record $975 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased 17 percent to a record $314 million. According to the report, Kronos workforce management cloud revenue increased 51 percent; product bookings increased a remarkable 16 percent; international product bookings increased 19 percent, as new customer adoption and the size of transactions continues to rise. Kronos also delivered strong financial results across all targeted industry markets as organizations large and small seek to align with the workforce management market leader with proven industry-specific expertise. "As we approach $1 billion in annual revenue, Kronos is well positioned for continued strong growth as the undisputed leader and pace-setter in the global workforce management market." said Aron Ain, Kronos chief executive officer. Pasona’s H1 results show improvement** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 10, 2014,/HRoot/) Recruitment firm Pasona Group Inc. (2168: JP), one of the largest staffing firms in Japan, announced revenue for the six months ending 30 November 2013 of JPY 102,619 million (USD 978.5 million), a marginal fall of -0.3% from JPY 102,976 million (USD 981.9 million) for the same period last year. The company reported an operating income of JPY 1 billion (USD 9.5 million) for the six months, an increase of +45.3% compared with JPY 714 million (USD 6.8 million) in 2012. Pasona achieved a pre-tax profit of JPY 961 million (USD 9.2 million), equating to a year-on-year increase of +38.8% compared with JPY 692 million (USD 6.6 million) last year. HRoot 2014 18
  20. 20. Michael Page sees organic gross profit fall** (Jan.14, 2014, /HRoot/) Specialist recruiter Michael Page (LON:MPI) reported gross profit for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2013 of £125 million, a fall of -1.2% from £126.5 million in Q4 2012. In terms of constant currency, the company reported a marginal increase in gross profit of +0.3%, compared with a year ago. Gross profit from the company’s temporary recruitment business rose by +4.3% to £31.4 million in Q4 compared, up from £30.1 million last year. Gross profit from permanent recruitment, however, fell by -2.9% to £93.6 million from £96.4 million during the same period last year. The UK reported an organic increase of +5.1% in gross profit during the fourth quarter, rising to £31.8 million from £30.2 million in Q4 2012. The Americas reported a gross profit of £17 million during Q4 2013, on par with reported gross profit a year ago, however an increase of +6.7% in terms of constant currency. Annually gross profit rose organically by +8.8% to £76.3 million, up from £72.2 million in 2012. Gross profit from Asia-Pacific fell by -5.7% in terms of constant currency to £24.2 million during Q4 from £27.9 million a year ago. On an annual basis, gross profit fell organically by -4.7% to £105.8 million from £114.9 million in 2012. Barrett net revenue rises 27% Q4 2013*** (Jan. 26, 2014,/HRoot/) Both professional employer organization revenue and temporary staffing net revenue rose at Barrett Business Services Inc. (NASD: BBSI). Fourth-quarter net revenue rose 27 percent to $144.5 million, according to preliminary results released by the firm.The company also announced diluted earnings per share would range from $1.13 to $1.15. The expense is the result of increased estimated reserves for prior year injury claims, primarily in the state of California. “2013 was a very successful year for BBSI as our company matured significantly over the past 12 months," said President and CEO Michael Elich.“Part of this organizational maturation is to bring greater predictability to the model,” Elich said. “One area of focus is how we consistently review our reserving practices for our workers’ compensation liabilities, while remaining aligned with our actuarial firm.” SAS revenue topped $3 billion in 2013*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 26, 2014,/HRoot/) Business software giant SAS passed the $3 billion milestone for the first time last year, thanks to a slightly more than 5 percent hike in revenue, and a top executive is bullish about the company’s prospects for doubledigit growth in 2014.The Cary-based company plans to announce Thursday that its revenue rose 5.2 percent to $3.02 billion in 2013, just a hair behind the 5.4 percent growth the company enjoyed in 2012. The company’s revenue has grown annually throughout its 38-year history.SAS Senior Vice President Jim Davis said the company was profitable in 2013;Although worldwide information technology spending by businesses was flat last year, according to market research firm Gartner, SAS is in the right markets at the right time, Davis said. HRoot 2014 19
  21. 21. IT industry facing skills crisis in Australia *** (Dec. 30, 2013,/HRoot/) Despite efforts to meet falling demand, the Australian information technology sector is experiencing a costly skills crisis and needs to bridge the gap by hiring IT graduates for major projects. The IT sector which contributes about AUD 42 billion (USD 37 billion) to the nation's economy every year, is expected to generate over 21,000 new IT jobs in next three years. The sector has been facing a crisis to meet the growing demand of skills. Australian government at both federal and state level has been spending millions to probe ways to fill thousands of empty jobs. According to IT workers, government money would be better spent hiring graduates for big projects so they can get valuable on-the-job experience. HIMSS survey: pay rises for healthcare IT pros, average salary is $113,269** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Dec. 31, 2013, /HRoot/) Salaries rose for a majority of healthcare information technology professionals in 2013, according to survey results released by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). More than twothirds of survey respondents, 71.6 percent, reported they received a salary increase during the year, and the average salary increase was 4.1 percent. The average salary in for healthcare IT professionals was $113,269, although the median salary was $95,000. The HIMSS survey included 1,160 responses and took place from August to October. HRoot 2014 21
  22. 22. ManpowerGroup survey: country tops the contingent workforce index 2013 in Hong Kong*** (Jan. 2, 2014, /HRoot/) ManpowerGroup Hong Kong announced today that Hong Kong tops a list of those countries utilising contingent workforces according the Contingent Workforce Index 2013 Global Analysis (CWI) survey, recently published by TAPFIN, ManpowerGroup Solutions’ Managed Services Provider. The CWI measures contingent labour favourability, comparing and ranking 75 countries on the conditions for contingent workforce engagement. Each country in the index is assessed on 36 market conditions and statistics that influence the state of the contingent workforce. Countries are ranked on their overall environment for contingent workforce engagement in four key categories: availability of contingent workers, cost of engaging contingent workers, regulation of workforce engagement and contingent workforce productivity. zhaopin.com survey: 2013 state-owned enterprises lead the trend of network recruitment in China*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 1, 2014, /Tencent/ ) Zhaopin.com released its first Big Date of Network Recruitment recently, showing that the demand for labour remains strong in 2013 in China, and the position vacant released on their website increased by 26% for the first ten month ended at October 2013 compared with the same period of last year. According to the report that financial and real estate industry are leading the trend with the increase of 95% and 53% respectively compared with the same period of last year. By nature of enterprise, state-owned enterprise alone showed the average increase of 72% on jobs, while foreign-funded enterprise saw the lowest raise on the job vacancy with 3%, which is far behind the level of overall job vacancy increase. HRoot 2014 22
  23. 23. Hays survey: China to see strong demand for digital leader*** (Jan. 2, 2013,/HRoot/)Recruiting experts Hays in China indicated that the challenges and opportunities for businesses in the age of digital marketing are enormous and leaders must ensure that business strategies are perfectly aligned with everexpanding digital strategies. Therefore the creation of a new kind of senior executive will be necessary to keep pace with changing technology and consumer behavior. It is reported that this new breed of leader will become increasingly important as companies look for an experienced general manager with digital acumen who can operate within a large-scale business and influence effectively across an organization. However, digital leaders are hard to find, attract and retain. According to Hays, the digital leader needs experience and expertise in e-commerce, online marketing and social media, as well as transformative product and technology capabilities (i.e. analog to digital). Importantly, the individual is not only a digital guru but also a seasoned general manager who can help foster a pervasive digital culture. He or she should be able to plan and execute long-term strategy around driving customer awareness, engagement, experience and monetization. CIIC survey: enterprise to see an increase of 12.7% on year-end bonus in Shanghai 2013*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 3, 2014,/dfdaily.com/) More than 70% of the businesses surveyed said that the company will give the year-end bonus before Spring Festival and the predicted average increase of year-end bonus in 2013 is 12.7%, according to the latest survey released by CIIC. It surveyed the year-end bonus of more than 300 enterprises in Shanghai, which was conducted between November and December 2013. More specifically, 60% of respondents the amount of year-end bonus will remain the same as 2012, 30% of those questioned said will increase the 2013 per capita budget of year-end bonus. It is also indicated that enterprise to see an increase of 12.7% on year-end bonus in Shanghai 2013, and tech, sales trading , high value-added manufacturing, automotive industry are leading the this trend. Besides, 71% of the businesses surveyed said that the company will give the year-end bonus before Spring Festival, 9% of companies plan to give the year-end bonus before January 1, 2014, and few companies said they will give the year-end bonus between April and June 2014. HRoot 2014 23
  24. 24. Career International survey: year-end bonus recognized as a new way of retaining*** (Jan. 3, 2014, /HRoot/) Only 20% of respondents reduced their year-end bonus compared with the result of 2014, according to 2013 Corporate Year-end Bonus Report released by Career International recently. The survey was surveyed 847 HR department of different companies on year-end bonus to get the date about yearend welfare, showing that the slight increase on year-end bonus become the first choice. It is also reported that given the slower recovery of global economy and the consequences of international financial crisis, foreign-funded enterprises are leading the trend of reduce their year-end bonus with 27% when compare to state-owned and private enterprise. More importantly, for the entire market , year-end bonus becomes increasingly important and even becomes the significant reference index for talent attraction and retention and the development and prosperity of an enterprise. www.cjol.com to release White-collar Job-hopping Mentality Survey*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 3, 2014, Shenzhen, /PRNewswire/) More than a quarter of White-collar (25.8%) changed their jobs, 33.5% of white-collar are looking for their new jobs , 30.1% of them plan to seek a new role and only 10.6% of white-collar surveyed indicated that they don’t have the intend to change jobs at the end of 2013, according to the Whitecollar Job-hopping Mentality Survey released by www.cjol.com are. Among those 90% of white-collar who plan to seek their new role, it is also indicated that salary (36.3%), career development (28.6%) and welfare(25.4%) are the top there reasons motivating the majority of them to want to change jobs. It is interesting that corporate property ,location and corporate brand play less role on their mind. HRoot 2014 24
  25. 25. Mercer survey: multinational employees in Hong Kong can expect to see salaries increase by 4.5% in 2014*** (Jan. 4. 2013,/ www.people.com.cn/) Although the global economy hasn’t get back on track yet, Hong Kong multinational employees are optimistic about their business prospects for 2014, with the predicted average salary increase of 4.6, which is a slight higher than that of last year. It is demonstrated that 44% of those questioned predict that the business performance will be better than that of last year, while 56% of respondents believe that the business performance of this year will go with the trend of last years’. The survey also showed that health and medical industry are leading the trend of salary increase in 2014 with 5.7%. Meanwhile, almost 25% of respondents plan to increase their recruitment and 70% of those questioned will be stay the same of last year. zhaopin.com released White-collar Satisfaction Index*** (Jan. 4, 2014./ finance.huanqiu.com/) Zhaopin.com released the White-collar Satisfaction Index recently showing that job satisfaction of white-collar in 2013 was lower and the comprehensive satisfaction index was 1.99(maximum score of 5) . The company received a total 8,713 copies of valid questionnaires from big and small cities in China on salary, welfare, career development, promotion, personal relationship, etc. The survey indicated that the satisfaction index of promotion was 1.43, being the lowest one in the 2013 satisfaction index, followed by career development(1.57). Besides, there is a wide gap on salary between those big and small cities. The white-collar salary satisfaction index is 1.35 which is lower than that of small cities and white-collar salary satisfaction index is 1.05 in Beijing. Deloitte survey: 91% of CFOs see revenues rising in 2014**** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 6, 2014, /moneymarketing.co.uk/) Over 90 percent of chief financial officers think that revenues will increase in 2014, according to research from Deloitte. In Deloitte’s quarterly survey of 122 chief financial officers, which included 32 CFOs from FTSE 100 firms and 41 FTSE 250 CFOs, 91 percent saw revenues rising in the coming 12 months with 88 per cent saying they thought there would be an increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions. Some 70 percent of respondents said UK corporates would increase hiring during the year while 65per cent see firms increasing capital spending. A further 60 per cent say businesses still face a higherthan-normal level of economic and financial uncertainty throughout 2014.Deloitte chief economist Ian Stewart says: “CFOs enter 2014 in buoyant mood with a focus on expansion, investment and hiring in the year ahead. This bodes well for the broad-based recovery policymakers hope to see in 2014. HRoot 2014 25
  26. 26. Unemployment remains unchanged in Europe **** (Jan. 7, 2014,/HRoot/)The Eurozone unemployment rate was 12.1% in November 2013, unchanged since April 2013. The European Union unemployment rate held steady at 10.9%, the same level since May 2013. In both regions the rates increased compared with November 2012, when they were 11.8% and 10.8%, respectively. According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.8%), Germany (5.2%), and Luxembourg (6.1%). The highest rates were reported in Greece (27.4% as of September 2013) and Spain (26.7%).Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate increased in 14 Member States and fell in 14 states. The highest increases were registered in Cyprus (from 13.3% to 17.3%), Italy (from 11.3% to 12.7%), Greece (from 26% to 27.4% between September 2012 and September 2013) and the Netherlands (from 5.6% to 6.9%).The largest decreases were observed in Ireland , Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, and Hungary. Hudson survey: nearly three quarters of professional looking for a new job in 2014*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 7, 2014, /HRoot/) Hudson, a global talent solutions company released its annual remuneration report Salary & Employment Insights 2014 today, showing that job change is on the minds of a majority of workers: close to three quarters of employees surveyed (73%) said they are seeking a new role. And 54% expect to make their move within the next six months. It is also indicated that dissatisfaction with the quality of their managers, a mismatch in salary expectations and an unclear career path, are motivating the majority of professional employees to want to change jobs this year. The capability of their managers is a significant factor affecting an employees’ decision to change jobs. 59% of surveyed employees said they had left a job due to poor management, while three quarters said they would reject a job offer if they felt the quality of their potential manager was not satisfactory. Currently, nearly half (48.8%) of surveyed employees rated their manager as ‘average’, ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’, among whom 52% are considering leaving their job. HRoot 2014 26
  27. 27. Robert Half survey: starting salaries projected to rise in Middle East*** (Jan. 7, 2014, /zawya.com /) The starting salaries for professional occupations in the Middle East are projected to increase an average of +3.8% next year, according to the 2013 Robert Half Salary Guide. Accounting and finance positions are expected to see the largest gains among all fields researched, with an anticipated +5% increase in the average salary for newly hired workers. Technology professionals can expect starting salaries to rise an average of +4.6%, according to the research, reports zawya.com. Nominal increases in base pay for financial services professionals is seeing starting salaries rise +2.5% over 2013 levels. In the legal field, starting salaries for in-house and private practice overall are anticipated to rise +2%, on average, in the coming year. Overall starting salaries for HR professionals in the Middle East are expecting modest increases, an average of +1.2% in 2014.Gareth El Mettouri, Associate Director, Robert Half Middle East said, "The job market for experienced professionals across the Middle East has tightened. What was proving to be a shallow talent pool has further diminished, leaving companies struggling to find local talent and often turning to expatriates to fill critical roles.” CTPartners released the top ten hottest executive jobs*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 7, 2014, /Fortune China/)Big data will only grow bigger, as organizations race to collect and monetize information to gain competitive advantage; technology's impact is being felt more than ever, and in more kinds of jobs than ever, too, including human resources and health care, according to global executive search firm CTPartners’18th annual survey on which executives companies are trying to hire. It reported that there are 10 of the hottest executive jobs now, in four fastgrowing fields (Technology, Financial services, Health care, Human resources): 1) Technology • Chief information officer • Chief marketing officer • Chief risk officer/cybersecurity officer • Head of M-commerce 2) Financial services • Head of compliance • CFO/finance director, China • Chief digital officer(insurance) 3) Health care • Chief strategy officer • Vice president of market access 4) Human resources • Chief human resources officer HRoot 2014 27
  28. 28. Hudson survey: leadership gap impacting businesses in Singapore*** (Jan. 7, 2014) Four out of 10 workers in Singapore have changed job during the last two years, and 71% are looking for a job at the moment, according to the Salary & Employment Insights 2014 report published today by global recruitment firm Hudson. The findings of the annual remuneration report demonstrate the importance that Singapore workers place on strong leadership and that there is a gap in the quality of the managerial leadership in their organisations. This and the desire to earn higher wages are the primary drivers for Singaporeans to look for new jobs in the coming year. The importance of effective and inspiring leadership is clear. The survey showed that 57% of employees rated the quality of their current manager as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, while 43% rated their current manager as being ‘average’, ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’. Over two-thirds (68%) of the professionals surveyed have left a job because of a poor manager, 63% are currently thinking about leaving their job because of their poor manager, and 46% of those that currently have a poor manager are actively looking for a new job because of it. Hays survey: China’s salary increases top Asia in 2014**** (Jan. 8, 2014, /sina.com/) Average salary increases in the Chinese mainland expected to be higher than those of other countries and regions in Asia throughout 2014, said a report released today by global specialized recruitment firm Hays. Based on the survey of more than 2,600 employers across Asia, the report showed 54 percent of mainland employers had increased salaries by 6 to 10 percent in 2013, while 9 percent gave raises above 10 percent. The other regions and countries - Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia - saw the majority of employers willing to raise salaries by less than 6 percent. Cost control has lowered the ceiling for salary increases in many organizations, increasing the number of firms which prefer to offer benefits and bonus instead of high salaries to entice the talent.“Asia still be the top and fast one the employment and salary increase globally, with the shortage of human resource especially for those top talent. Hays predicts this year the mainland’s salary increase will remain on top in Asia, as the total demand for recruitment will continue to increase despite the predicted growth experience the fall trend.”Chief Operating Officer of Hays Asia said. REC survey: temporary billings continue to increase at a fast pace in UK First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 9,2014,/HRoot/) Demand for temporary staff quickened to its fastest pace in over 15 years, as the number of people placed in permanent jobs continued to increase during December, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG. Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG, commented: “Combine the latest job figures with news that business confidence has reached a new high and it’s easy to share the renewed sense of optimism amongst employers. Permanent placements alone have hit a 4-year peak and with temporary hires accelerating to a 15-year high there is clearly room for corporate investment and, with it, job creation.” The availability of staff to fill temporary/contract job roles eased slightly from November’s nine-year record low, the rate of decline availability remained substantial. Permanent candidate availability also reported a steep drop, its biggest since November 2004. HRoot 2014 28
  29. 29. The Workforce Institute at Kronos predicts top five trends in workforce management for 2014*** (Jan. 9, 2014, Beijing) At its recent annual board of advisors meeting, board members of The Workforce Institute™ at Kronos Incorporated discussed their predictions about the top trends and issues that will impact the field of workforce management in 2014. And it is reported that the top five trends in workforce management for 2014 are making data small; to cloud or not to cloud; the workplace goes social; mobile workforce management and the affordable care act. CareerBuilder survey: 21% of US workers plan to change jobs*** (Jan. 10, 2014, /HRoot/) More U.S. workers plan to change jobs in 2014, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. It found that 21 percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, up from 17 percent last year. The percent of workers planning to change jobs this year is the highest in the post-recession era. The survey also found fewer workers are satisfied with their jobs — falling to 59 percent this year from 66 percent last year.“Offering frequent recognition, merit bonuses, training programs and clearly defined career paths are important ways to show workers what they mean to the company,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “In general, however, when more workers change jobs, it’s usually a sign the labor market is warming up.” Randstad survey: staff retention a cause for concern in China 2014**** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 13, 2014,/HRoot/) More than a third of professionals surveyed in Shanghai have quit a job because their workload was too heavy, according to a recent survey from recruitment firm Randstad. The primary cause of the additional workload identified by the 400+ respondents was the proliferation of smart devices. More than 80% of those polled said they take phone calls from work or receive and respond to work-related emails out of their working hours. A fifth said that their employers want them to be available 24 hours a day. The Randstad World of Work Report 2013/2014 revealed that approximately 62% of employees surveyed plan to leave their current job within the next 12 months. Similar results were reported by recruitment firm Hudson, with 73% of employees surveyed responding that they will quit their job this year. The primary cause being dissatisfaction with their managers, their pay, or having an unclear career path. More than half (54%) of those leaving their job this year plan to do so in the next six months. The general consensus among recruitment firms in the region is that employers will struggle to retain staff during 2014. HRoot 2014 29
  30. 30. Edenred survey: employers plan benefits strategy changes in 2014*** (Jan. 14, 2014,/HRoot/) Nearly one in six (59%) respondents plan to change their benefits strategy in 2014, according to trends for benefits in 2014 research conducted by Edenred. It is reported that it surveyed almost 100 HR and reward professionals, found that 69% plan to increase the number of benefits they offer in 2014. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents said benefits budgets would be static, while only 7% have been asked to cut back on benefits. Almost half (49%) said pensions autoenrolment was the biggest driver of change in their benefits strategy, while 43% cited the cost of living. The research found that only 14% of respondents ranked the use of mobile platforms for benefits as one of their three priorities for the year ahead, while 23% thought mobile channels represented a good opportunity to drive an increased take up of benefits. The research also found 74% of respondents see benefits as a tool that supports employee engagement in their organisations. PwC survey: pay rises for non-executive directors set to end*** (Jan. 14, 2014, /HRoot/)Pay rises for non-executive directors in FTSE 100 organisations are coming to an end following five years of steady increases, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Its Non-executive director fees report found that base pay for non-executive director roles are beginning to plateau, as companies try to keep pay rises for executives and non-executives more in line with the rest of their employees.The median base pay level for non-executive chairmen stood at £61,000 in 2013, a slight drop from £64,000 in 2012. The average base pay for chairmen of a FTSE-100 organisation also remained flat, at £361,000 in 2013 compared with £360,000 in 2012. Fiona Camenzuli, partner in PWC’s reward team, said: “With average employees’ pay increases limited to inflation in many cases, it will be harder for organisations to justify a higher increase for non-executive directors.” Hay Group survey: global pay rates are likely to increase by an average of 5.2%**** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 15, 2014, /whitsundaytimes.com.au/) Global pay rates are likely to increase by an average of +5.2%, itself a slight decrease on 2013 figures according to global management consultancy Hay Group. Hay Group's research is based on the salary expectations of more than 22,000 organisations in 71 countries worldwide representing 15 million employees. The study found that fast-growth markets are expected to see the biggest salary rises this year, with the biggest pay rises expected in Venezuela or Argentina, where Hay Group forecasts increases of +27% and +24.3%, respectively. It is also reported that workers looking for a pay rise in 2014 will have to lower their expectations. According to the data, salary growth in Australia is expected to be +3% in 2014, down from +4% in 2013, reports whitsundaytimes. com.au. HRoot 2014 30
  31. 31. Right Management survey: companies need to prioritize nurturing future leaders*** (Jan. 15, 2014,/PRNewswire/)The three most important leadership characteristics in Asia today are a global mindset, the skills to lead change and the ability to retain and develop talent. To be most effective, it is imperative that talent development programs in Asia focus on growing these skills through a combination of international assignments, on-the-job, action learning, executive coaching and mentoring, and rotational assignments, according to the global leader in talent and career management. It is reported that to win in the Human Age, companies need to prioritize nurturing future leaders now to ensure the talent is in place to drive future growth. ManpowerGroup survey: companies must build stronger leadership pipeline as business environment in Asia changes rapidly**** (Jan. 16, 2014,/PRNewswire/) ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions says that nowhere in the world is the shortage of leaders more pronounced than in Asia. According to research conducted by Right Management -- the global leader in talent and career management within ManpowerGroup -only 7.2 percent of businesses in Asia have leaders who are "very prepared" to address business challenges. ManpowerGroup's 2013 Talent Shortage Survey also found that management and executives are on the list of the region's Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill. The Asian business environment is rapidly changing. The World Economic Forum predicts a growth of an additional one billion middle-class consumers in East Asia. This rise of the middle class and the evolution of the region, from one that manufactures to one that consumes and innovates, demands Asian leaders with new skills. "Leadership is a journey but the current demand for leaders in Asia means this journey needs to be taken by an express train," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "Companies in Asia must deploy holistic leadership programs customized to local needs to meet these compressed development timelines." Morgan McKinley survey: healthy salary rises predicted in UAE 2014*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 16, 2014,/HRoot/) A new report from recruitment firm Morgan McKinley suggests that professional job opportunities will rise by between +8% and +10% across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2014, with salaries expected to grow by as much as +6% to +8%. Following a relatively subdued 2012, and the lingering impact of the Eurozone crisis on recruitment, economic confidence returned to the UAE in 2013, according to the latest Morgan McKinley UAE Salary Survey Guide. The recruiter forecasts that this restored positivity will continue to gain momentum throughout 2014, as the region focuses on the infrastructure, tourism, and construction sectors. HRoot 2014 31
  32. 32. jobsDB survey: hiring intentions brighten for Q1 in Hong Kong*** (Jan. 16, 2014,/HRoot/) Six out of 10 (62%) Hong Kong employers intend to hire staff in the next three months, up +7% from Q3 2013, according to the jobsDB Q4 2013 Hiring Index. Another 23% of employers plan to keep headcount unchanged, up +4% from Q3 2013. Mr. Justin Yiu, General Manager of jobsDB Hong Kong, said, “Last year the local economy was stable with a mild GDP growth of about +3%. And for the global economy, if the recovery continues to make good progress, employers should be able to regain business confidence. So hiring activities are likely to grow in Q1 2014, and the growth would become apparent when more people change jobs after bonus payouts. ” Hays survey: jobseekers with a learning aptitude will come out top in 2014 in Austrlia*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 18, 2014,/HRoot/) Employers across Australia are increasingly interested in recruiting staff who can demonstrate an ability to learn, according to recruitment firm Hays. This ‘learning aptitude’ is expected to be one of the defining characteristics of the ‘ideal candidate’ in 2014. Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, commented: “The world is changing rapidly. Globalisation, the shift towards a knowledge economy and the sheer pace of technological changes are among the factors radically shifting how organisations operate. This places a premium on an employee’s ability to learn and respond to their employer’s and the market’s changing demands. As such, employers want people on their team who can adapt and learn new skills.” HRoot 2014 32
  33. 33. ManpowerGroup survey: greater flexibility encourages workers to postpone recruitment in Sweden**** (Jan. 20, 2014,/HRoot/) A third of Swedes over the age of 50 would be willing to postpone retirement if they were able to work flexible hours or become part-time employees, according to a survey from Manpower Work Life. More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents agreed that they don’t want to simply stop working. Instead they would prefer to gradually taper off as they get older. Monica Längbo, HR Director at ManpowerGroup Sweden, commented: “It’s gratifying that so many people are willing to work longer, partly for the global skills shortage and partly to ensure a smooth transition between the generations. Working longer is also necessary to ensure an adequate pension for the future.”According to the survey, the top five actions a company can take to encourage workers to postpone retirement are; • 33% - Offer workers the chance to become part-time • 31% - Provide greater flexibility in where and when employees carry out their work • 27% - Allow employees to work intermittently • 25% - Allow employees to mentor/coach younger colleagues • 18% - Allow employees to become self-employed or work as consultants Gallup survey: 67% Dissatisfied With Income, Wealth Distribution in U.S.*** (Jan. 20, 2014,/HRoot/) Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are currently distributed in the U.S. This includes three-fourths of Democrats and 54% of Republicans. Gallup's Jan. 5-8 Mood of the Nation survey included a question asking Americans how satisfied they are with income and wealth distribution in the U.S. Few, 7%, report that they are "very satisfied" with the distribution, while 39% of Americans say they are "very dissatisfied." Attitudes about the distribution of income and wealth are highly related to partisanship. Republicans, at 45% very or somewhat satisfied, express the highest satisfaction with the current wealth disparity in the U.S. Democrats are much less satisfied, at 24%, with independents closer in satisfaction to Democrats, at 28%. Furthermore, almost half (43%) of Democrats and independents express strong dissatisfaction with the current state of wealth and income distribution. Randstad survey: Singaporeans 'Unhappiest' Workers In Asia, Indians 'Happiest'*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 22, 2014,/ibtimes.com/) Indian workers are the happiest employees in Asia, according to the Randstad's World of Work Report, a survey conducted by the Dutchbased recruiting firm Randstad Group, while Singaporeans -- residents of one of the wealthiest states in the world -- are the unhappiest. Randstad’s study determined that despite its high income and advanced society, Singapore is facing rising social discontent due to climbing consumer prices and competition from an influx of foreign workers. Moreover, its professional workers feel burdened by a hostile, or “unsuitable,” corporate culture, difficult supervisors and increasing demands from their companies. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of Singaporean workers plan to quit their jobs over the next 12 months, while another 23 percent said they felt unmotivated. In India, however, 70 percent of workers said they felt “challenged, motivated and mentored” in their jobs, the survey noted. Hong Kong's foremost financial sector median CEO salary of up to 16.7 million. HRoot 2014 33
  34. 34. Hays survey: Asia to be the hot spot for hiring*** (Jan. 22, 2014,/HRoot/) Although the supply and demand in labor force market is oversupply, Asia still be the hot spot for recruitment and top and fast one the employment and salary increase globally, with the shortage of human resource especially for those top talent, according to the latest research conduct by global specialized recruitment firm Hays. As per the previous year result, salary increase in China is outstanding and also shows competitive advantages compared with other countries It is reported that 23 percent of other employers in Asia will increase salaries by 6 to 10 percent in 2014, while the majority of employers willing to raise salaries by less than 6 percent. Robert Walter survey: career progression top priority for job seekers in 2014**** (Jan. 24, 2014,/HRoot/) Candidates are increasingly placing career development opportunities as their top priority over salaries even when they can expect a wage increase between 15-25%, or up to 30% in some industries, according to 2014 Global Salary Survey released by Robert Walters PLC, a leading, global professional recruitment consultancy, released its today. to the survey. Those who stay in their jobs receive an average increase of 8-10%. According to Robert Walters’ latest employee insight survey, lack of career progression in current role is the most common factor driving professionals to switch jobs , followed by promotion in rank in a new company (47.1% and 20.2% respectively). "Employers will need to be proactive about career progression for their employees if they wish to attract and retain the best talent in 2014," said Arthur Wang, Robert Walters China Managing Director. "Salary increases continue to motivate some, but across the board, the most in-demand job seekers will expect a clear career roadmap—they will not be afraid to move on if promises go unfulfilled." Hay Group survey: finance CEOs take home highest pay compared to peers in other sectors*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 24, 2014, /Hong Kong/) The median total pay for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in the finance sector is HKD 16.7 million, which outperformed their counterpart in other industries. The report analysed remuneration data from 223 listed companies in Hong Kong of various sizes across several major industry sectors, with a focus on CEOs and top executive remuneration practice as well as the alignment between CEO remuneration and annual performance. By industries revealed that remuneration of CEOs in the communications accounts for the most(1%) net profit of the company. It is also reported that CEO’s average age in those listed companies is 53, younger than that of other countries (the global average age of CEOs is between50-60).However, taking consideration of the gender equality, Hong Kong lags behind others , the number of female CEOs is below the global average. HRoot 2014 34
  35. 35. Antal International survey: increase stability at managerial and professional level**** (Jan. 23, 2014,/HRoot/) Employment markets at managerial and professional level around the world are stabilising, according to a survey of more than 10,500 organisations in 40 countries by global search and selection firm, Antal International. The ‘Global Snapshot’ project from Antal International asked businesses in major markets around the world whether they were currently hiring or firing at managerial and professional level, and if they were planning on doing so in the next three months. The results from the data show that average hiring levels across the globe have dropped slightly, as 51% of companies are currently planning to take on staff. This is down from 54% in June 2013, but a rise from 46% a year ago. The number of companies letting go of staff stands at 16%, down from 19% in June 2013 and in line with figures from January 2013. In Western Europe, the highest current hiring levels were found in the UK with 56% of organisations reporting that they are taking on staff. This was followed closely by France (53%). The lowest hiring levels were recorded in Austria (28%) and Belgium (33%), although both countries expect improvement next quarter. The employment markets in the Middle East noted a high level of activity in recent months with the UAE recording a hiring level of 57%. Closely following is Saudi Arabia, with 51% of organisations currently taking on staff. Businesses in Asia-Pacific continue to record high levels of both hiring and firing, particularly in China. Currently 67% of companies are taking staff on while 20% are letting staff go. This compares with just 27% of companies in Japan taking on staff, with further falls expected in the coming months. Hay Group survey: managers turn to Google for HR information*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 22, 2014, Shanghai, /PR Newsiwre/)The relationship between line managers and their HR colleagues is under increasing strain, according to new research from global management consultancy, Hay Group. The survey also found that lack of partnership between HR teams and line managers stifles effective management; managers find HR guarded and slow to respond; Four in ten managers state Google is a better source of information and support than their HR team;Vast majority of HR Directors recognise empowering managers as the key to improving performance. HR teams are feeling stretched. Almost all (94 per cent) HR Directors state that their department was reduced as part of company cost-savings. Three in ten (30 per cent) experienced particularly deep cuts with teams reduced by 11-25 per cent. At the same time, line managers are leaning heavily on their HR teams. More than two thirds (68 per cent) of HR Directors believe that dealing with day-to-day enquiries from line managers takes up to one third of their time. As a result, over a third (38 per cent) of HR Directors agree or strongly agree that their team spends too long “handholding”, preventing them from taking a more strategic view. And the overwhelming majority (94 per cent) of HR Directors believe that empowering line managers to make people decisions is a top priority. HRoot 2014 35
  36. 36. 51job to release Employer Recruitment Intention Survey Q1 2014**** (Jan. 22, 2014, Shanghai, /PR Newsire/) 51job (NASDAQ: JOBS), the largest human resources service providers in China recently released the “Employer Recruitment Intention Survey, Q1 2013.” The report says that the first wave of recruitment peak after the Spring Festival of China will embrace peak. 85.3 percent of those questioned employees plan to increase their recruitment in the frist quarter companred with the same period of 2013. And almost half employees recognize the business expand as the top reason for increasing hiring, 27.3percent employees said the staff turnover drive the increase trend. Meanwhile, only 4.4 percent of employees are considering decrease their recruitment for cost control, and 1.7 percent was force to decline for business contraction. CIOs seek to maintain relevance through service-led transformations*** (Jan. 26, 2014, /PRNewswire/) CIOs must act now to take on a more strategic role or risk being pushed aside by line of business managers, an international survey carried out by Logicalis has found. Of the almost three quarters (72%) of CIOs who expressed a view, 60% agreed that line of business managers will gain more power over IT decision making over the next three to five years - a trend driven by the growing availability of externally available cloud services and expectations of technology and application consumerisation. In response, CIOs are more acutely aware than ever of the need to take on a key strategic role, the Logicalis survey found.The international survey found that a consensus appears to be emerging as CIOs seek to effect the dramatic shift in focus on which their long-term relevance may depend. Internal technology and operational optimisation, aligned to more extensive and efficient use of managed services partners and cloud services are emerging as key priorities for the CIO and their organisation: • 63% see streamlining and optimising their technology infrastructure as vital to freeing up time to focus on strategic goals • 31% would consolidate the use of managed services, selecting single vendors to manage specific technologies and/or services across multiple territories • 30% want to hand more day-to-day management activities over to specialist managed services vendors • 19% point to an increased adoption of the cloud consumption model. First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". HRoot 2014 36
  37. 37. HRBoss named as finalist in 2013-14 Cloud Awards Program** (Dec. 30, 2013,/HRoot/) HRBoss, Asia’s pioneering Human Capital technology firm, has today been announced as a finalist in the 2013-14 Cloud Awards Program in the category of Best Software-as-a-Service (outside of US ). Identifying and celebrating excellence in the field of cloud computing, the cloud computing awards program encourages entries from across the entire globe – the US, Canada, Australasia and EMEA regions. Entrants can be from organizations of any size, including start-ups and global corporations. This is the first time that an Asia-based company has made the shortlist of the Cloud Awards. HRBoss qualifies as one of five international finalists in the category of Best Software-as-a-Service (outside US). Other categories this year included Best Cloud Infrastructure, Data Innovation of the Year, “Best in Mobile” Cloud Solution and Most Promising Start-Up.Bernie Schiemer, HRBoss Founder and CEO commented: "For HRBoss to be shortlisted in the Best Software-as-a-Service category of this year's Cloud Awards program is an honour, especially as we're featured in such a competitive category of international talent." CTG was awarded “The Most Influence Brands in 2013 HR Industry”** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 6, 2014, /HRoot/) CTG Group, one of the most professional human resources outsourcing service provider in China announced recently that the company was awarded the most influence brands in 2013 HR industry on Shanghai Free Trade Zone Investment and Development Cooperation and Innovation Forum, which was held by PR Newswire together with Shanghai Development Research Foundation (SDRF) aiming to build a platform for Chinese enterprises and international media organizations. It is reported that the reward was aimed to honor CTG Group the influence and contribution on the development of Chinese HR industry in the past year. HRoot 2014 38
  38. 38. CIIC was named one of the First Human Resource Sincerity Service Provider*** (Jan. 9, 2014, /HRoot/) China International Intellectech Corporation (CIIC) announced recently that the company was named one of the first human resource sincerity service provider, which was award by Beijing Human Resource and Social Security. It is reported that the reward was based on the selection of 1,071 companies in Beijing. Nowadays , human resource has been the main engine of the development of economy and talent will be the new leading power of the word. CIIC said that human resource is not only the relationship of service and business corporation but also the tightly integrated community of interests. CIIC will always be the best to provide the client the excellent service to help companies avoid detours in professional area and try their best to provide intellectual support on promoting the successful transition of human resource management. Paychex named one of the 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan 10, 2014,N.Y. /BUSINESS WIRE/) Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for America’s small- and medium-sized businesses, has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2014. The Best Companies to Work for in New York State program is administered by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM). Started in 2007, the statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in New York State – organizations whose practices benefit the state’s businesses, economy, and workforce. The rankings were based on two components: an employee survey that focused on leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; pay and benefits; and overall engagement, and an employer questionnaire focused on company policies, practices, and demographics. HRoot 2014 39
  39. 39. NetDimensions wins gold Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology award** (Jan.15,2014,/ifeng.com/) NetDimensions, a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems, has won Gold and Silver Brandon Hall Group 2013 Excellence in Technology Awards in the following categories: Gold Award - Best Advance in Performance Support Technology for NetDimensions Talent Slate; Silver Award - Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for External Training for NetDimensions SDK The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards is presented by Brandon Hall Research, one of the leading research firms in training and development. The Learning Technology Awards program showcases innovations in the products in the marketplace for creating and managing learning, talent, and performance. "We are very honored by this continued recognition from the Brandon Hall Group," said Alex Poulos, Chief Marketing Officer at NetDimensions. Quintiq's optimization team continues to set world records for scheduling optimization*** (Jan. 10, 2014,/PRNewswire/) Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), has set 98 world records in solving the Flexible Job Shop Scheduling Problem (FJSSP). This achievement follows the vehicle routing world records set by the team earlier in 2013. Using the company's SCP&O platform, the optimization team investigated all the published instances of the FJSSP and all known results. Of these, the Quintiq optimizer found new best-known solutions for 98 instances. Of these 98 best-known solutions, 80 have been proven to be optimal."We have yet to encounter an optimization challenge that cannot be solved by Quintiq. Finding this number of best-known solutions to the FJSSP is a notable achievement and a high testament to the capabilities we can offer clients who face scheduling puzzles," commented Wim Nuijten, Quintiq's VP of Optimization Technology. "Production-based organizations can achieve maximum efficiency through optimization, using fewer machines, less production time overall and generate more profit. We call this the profit economy." Ultimate Software wins 2014 Gold Award for Best Advance in Talent Technology from Brandon Hall*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 24, 2014, /BUSINESS WIRE/) Ultimate Software, a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today that the company won a Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Talent Technology category. Ultimate was named the gold award winner for the UltiPro Retention Predictor™ — an insight-driven tool that gives HR professionals and managers the ability to forecast an employee’s intent to remain with the organization. The UltiPro Retention Predictor helps leaders forecast potential employee ‘flight risks’ so they can better collaborate with their teams, proactively intervene if needed, and build programs that foster long-term employee relationships. HRoot 2014 40
  40. 40. HRoot to start the selection of “Best HR Service Providers in Greater China2013-2014”**** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 6, 2014, /HRoot/) HRoot, a leading human resources media and Internet company in China, today announces the start of the selection of “Best HR Service Providers in Great China2013-2014”, together with Human Capital Management magazine, a leading industry journal, and the results will be solemnly announced on the ceremony in early March 2014. Being the most authoritative, largest and notable HR selection activities in great China, the awards has been held successfully for eight-consecutive year, aiming to find the top exceptional performers in different segments of HR industry in Greater China to promote the sustainable development of HR industry by their excellence and outstanding performance. It is reported that 24-award will be awarded on the basis of strict criteria to show the winners’ excellent contribution and also strengthen the brand influence of HR services by various media channel. HRoot 2014 42
  41. 41. CTPartners announces acquisition intent for Johnson*** First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". (Jan. 17, 2014,/HRoot/) Global executive search firm CTPartners Executive Search, Inc. (NYSE:CTP), announced yesterday that it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Johnson, the leading independent executive search and leadership advisory firm based in Sydney, Australia.Johnson works with clients in the Financial Services, Legal and Professional Services, Technology and Communications, Consumer and Industrial sectors. Johnson also specialises in Leadership Advisory Services with the region’s pre-eminent team in CEO and senior executive succession and development. Brian Sullivan, CEO of CTPartners, said, “CTPartners is one of the leading executive search firms in the industry and the true quality leader. Their commitment to transparency and accountability is apparent and unsurpassed in the industry. The coming together of our firms will offer unprecedented executive search and leadership advisory services for our clients.” HRoot 2014 43
  42. 42. Business associations optimistic about 2014 in Germany*** (Jan. 3, 2014, /HRoot/) German business associations are optimistic about 2014, according to a survey by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (Cologne Institute for Economic Research). 26 of the 48 organisations surveyed expect better business to improve in the forthcoming year while 34 sectors of the economy expected a rise in production and sales in 2014. Business confidence had deteriorated in only 7 sectors. This increased business confidence is based on the underlying strength of the German economy and the improving outlook in the Eurozone. Not even the weakening demand from Asia and South America for German products could dampen the optimism. As a result, the survey found that in 16 sectors, companies intended to increase their investment budget. The Engineering sector expected strong growth in the coming year while the construction industry stands to benefit from the ongoing boom in the real estate market. First for HR in dustry news, trends and an alysis, please follow us on Wechat"hrmar ketwatch". HRoot 2014 44
  43. 43. Exchange rate,1/28/2014 HKD1 0.1288 USD TWD1 0.0329 USD EUR1 1.3677 USD GBP1 1.6609 USD AUD1 0.8779 USD JPY 1 0.0097 USD CNY1 0.1653 USD CHF1 1.1159 USD 1 7. APPENDIX 1: RANKING LIST OF MARKET CAPITALIZATION 1OF HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICE PROVIDERS,Jannuary 2014 Company Name in English Company Name Stock Exchange in Chinese Code of Exchange Stock Code 1 ADP 安德普翰 2 Marsh & McLennan 威达信集团 Companies, Inc./Mercer 3 Nasdaq NASDAQ New York Stock Exchange 3 Aon 怡安 4 LinkedIn Corp. 5 6 Ranking Mkt captial Mkt captial on Compared Jan.28,2014 Dec.30,2013 with previous USD,mn USD,mn month Mkt captial on Jan. 28, 20142 Currency & Unit ADP 38,860.00 USD,mn 36,830.00 38,860.00 -5.22% NYSE MMC 26,500.00 USD,mn 25,060.00 26,500.00 -5.43% New York Stock Exchange NYSE AON 25,110.00 USD,mn 23,610.00 25,110.00 -5.97% / New York Stock Exchange NYSE LNKD 24,250.00 USD,mn 23,000.00 24,250.00 -5.15% Paychex / Nasdaq NASDAQ PAYX 15,980.00 USD,mn 15,250.00 15,980.00 -4.57% Workday / New York Stock Exchange NYSE WDAY 13,352.54 USD,mn 15,220.00 14,340.00 6.14% ADEN /ADE 14,340.00 CHF,mn 15,100.74 14,973.54 0.85% 7 Adecco 德科 ADEN/ADE SWX /EURONEXT 8 Randstad 任仕达 NYSE Euronext (Amsterdam) AMS RAND 8,290.00 EUR,mn 11,119.40 11,395.43 -2.42% 9 Towers Watson 韬睿惠悦 New York Stock Exchange NYSE TW 8,960.00 USD,mn 9,190.00 8,960.00 2.57% 10 ManpowerGroup 万宝盛华集团 New York Stock Exchange NYSE MAN 6,790.00 USD,mn 6,210.00 6,790.00 -8.54% 11 Robert Half International 罗致恒富 New York Stock Exchange NYSE RHI 5,800.00 USD,mn 5,700.00 5,800.00 -1.72% 12 The Ultimate Software / Nasdaq NASDAQ ULTI 4,280.00 USD,mn 4,290.00 4,280.00 0.23% 13 SEEK 4 / Australian Securities Exchange ASX SEK 4,490.00 AUD.mn 3,678.40 3,976.34 -7.49% 14 Neusoft 东软 Shanghai Stock Exchange SHA 600718 19,250.00 CNY,mn 3,182.03 2,528.03 25.87% 15 Team Health Holdings / New York Stock Exchange NYSE TMH 1,800.00 USD,mn 3,110.00 3,180.00 -2.20% 16 Hays 瀚纳仕 London Stock Exchange LON HAS 2,790.00 GBP,mn 2,989.62 2,966.40 0.78% 17 Yonyou 用友 Shanghai Stock Exchange SHA 600588 15,340.00 CNY,mn 2,907.63 2,198.43 32.26% 18 Booz Allen Hamilton 博思艾伦 New York Stock Exchange NYSE BAH 1,500.00 USD,mn 2,640.00 2,790.00 -5.38% 18 Health Net / NYSE Euronext (Paris) EPA HNT 2,320.00 USD,mn 2,640.00 2,300.00 14.78% 20 Michael Page International 米高蒲志国际 London Stock Exchange LON MPI 2,300.00 GBP,mn 2,258.82 2,472.00 -8.62% 21 51job 前程无忧 Nasdaq NASDAQ JOBS 13,340.00 USD,mn 2,170.00 2,320.00 -6.47% 22 Temp Holdings / Tokyo Stock Exchange TYO 2181 1,990.00 JPY,mn 2,017.89 1,951.97 3.38% 23 Kronos 克罗诺思 New York Stock Exchange NYSE KRO 205,470.00 USD,mn 1,830.00 1,990.00 -8.04% 24 On Assignment / Nasdaq NASDAQ ASGN 1,880.00 USD,mn 1,610.00 1,880.00 -14.36% 25 Korn/Ferry International 光辉国际 New York Stock Exchange NYSE KFY 1,300.00 USD,mn 1,200.00 1,300.00 -7.69% 26 USG People / NYSE Euronext (Paris) AMS USG 1,060.00 EUR,mn 1,050.37 1,055.67 -0.50% 27 TrueBlue / New York Stock Exchange NYSE TBI 767.98 USD,mn 1,050.00 1,060.00 -0.94% 28 Kingdee 金蝶 Hong Kong Stock Exchange HKG 0268 944.71 HKD,mn 938.95 749.49 25.28% HRoot 2014 46
  44. 44. Exchange rate,1/28/2014 HKD1 0.1288 USD TWD1 0.0329 USD EUR1 1.3677 USD GBP1 1.6609 USD AUD1 0.8779 USD JPY 1 0.0097 USD CNY1 0.1653 USD CHF1 1.1159 USD 1 7. APPENDIX 1: RANKING LIST OF MARKET CAPITALIZATION 1OF HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICE PROVIDERS,Jannuary 2014 Ranking 29 Company Name in English Company Name Stock Exchange in Chinese Kelly 必胜 5 Mkt captial Mkt captial on Compared Jan.28,2014 Dec.30,2013 with previous USD,mn USD,mn month Code of Exchange Stock Code Mkt captial on Jan. 28, 20142 Currency & Unit Nasdaq NASDAQ KELYA 925.13 USD,mn 863.19 944.71 -8.63% / New York Stock Exchange NYSE NSP 88,970.00 USD,mn 826.17 925.13 -10.70% 868.95 JPY,mn 813.15 845.22 -3.79% 5,810.00 GBP,mn 769.84 710.75 8.31% 30 Insperity 31 Meitec 明达科 Tokyo Stock Exchange TYO 9744 32 Sthree / London Stock Exchange LON STHR 33 McMillan Shakespeare / Australian Securities Exchange ASX MMS 431.28 AUD.mn 760.24 769.54 -1.21% 34 AMN Healthcare Services / New York Stock Exchange NYSE AHS 701.85 USD,mn 700.91 680.23 3.04% 35 Monster / New York Stock Exchange NYSE MWW 680.23 USD,mn 700.81 636.38 10.12% 36 Kforce / Nasdaq NASDAQ KFRC 671.67 USD,mn 619.90 701.85 -11.68% 37 Barrett Business Services / Nasdaq NASDAQ BBSI 636.38 USD,mn 560.46 671.67 -16.56% 38 Resources Connection 荟才 Nasdaq NASDAQ RECN 578.00 USD,mn 557.51 578.00 -3.54% 39 Groupe Crit / NYSE Euronext (Paris) EPA CEN 357.55 EUR,mn 499.05 475.46 4.96% 40 Synergie / New York Stock Exchange EPA SDG 345.89 EUR,mn 498.21 491.49 1.37% 41 Robert Walters 华德士 London Stock Exchange LON RWA 415.71 GBP,mn 421.20 399.41 5.46% 42 Saba Software / Nasdaq NASDAQ SABA 400.39 USD,mn 402.70 357.43 12.67% 43 Dice Holdings / New York Stock Exchange NYSE DHX 242.36 USD,mn 397.12 415.71 -4.47% 44 CDI Corporation / New York Stock Exchange NYSE CDI 369.12 USD,mn 346.23 367.64 -5.82% 45 Cross Country Healthcare / Nasdaq NASDAQ CCRN 367.64 USD,mn 345.98 303.08 14.15% 46 Heidrick & Struggles 海德思哲 Nasdaq NASDAQ HSII 357.43 USD,mn 333.98 369.12 -9.52% 47 Corporate Resource Services / FINRA, over-the-counter electronic trading board OTC CRRS 303.08 USD,mn 294.16 400.39 -26.53% 48 ClickSoftware Technologies / Nasdaq NASDAQ CKSW 27,750.00 USD,mn 278.56 237.10 17.49% 49 Impellam Group / London Stock Exchange LON IPEL 154.97 GBP,mn 269.78 255.39 5.63% 50 Pasona 保圣那 Tokyo Stock Exchange TYO 2168 237.10 JPY,mn 241.92 263.63 -8.23% 51 Volt Information Sciences 渥特 PINK PINK VISI 143.69 USD,mn 206.25 208.13 -0.90% 52 Staffline Group London Stock Exchange LON STAF 208.13 GBP,mn 199.19 236.80 -15.88% 53 Chandler Macleod Group / Australian Securities Exchange ASX CMG 205.15 AUD.mn 166.25 181.68 -8.49% 54 Hudson 翰德 Nasdaq NASDAQ HSON 128.76 USD,mn 131.76 128.76 2.33% 55 Harvey Nash Group / London Stock Exchange LON HVN 12,780.00 GBP,mn 128.20 121.05 5.91% 56 WDB Holdings / Tokyo Stock Exchange TYO 2475 73.45 JPY,mn 123.97 121.41 2.11% / HRoot 2014 47

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