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Japan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 2.8% in April, unchanged from the previous three months and the lowest level since 1994, according to data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio came in at 1.48 in April, up from 1.45 in March. This was the highest since 1974.
The number of employed persons in April 2017 was 65.00 million, an increase of 1.2% from the previous year. The number… Read more
On the 23rd May, People First invited a number of Japanese business guests to attend a seminar at the prestigious offices of London & Partners. The response was very positive and a total of 26 delegates from a variety of Japanese businesses across London attended the event.
The main speaker was Mr Ryo Fujimoto, an expert in management accounting with Fuji Accounting Office. Mr Fujimoto gave an over view about accounting related career and how… Read more
We Brits are pretty settled in our role as monoglots. Our default tactic of “speak English slowly and loudly so others can understand you” served us well enough – and then Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, put the boot in by claiming recently that “English is losing importance.”
Is this really the case? Experts are divided.
You don’t need expensive lessons to start… Read more
Professional recruitment firms in the UK reported that demand for contractors decreased by 12% in April, year-on-year, while overall vacancy numbers for permanent roles increased by 0.3% in the same period, according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.
APSCo’s data, which focuses on professional recruitment, shows notable variations between the trade association’s core sector groups in terms of hiring activity. The data showed that skills shortages are plaguing some… Read more
UK firms are becoming increasingly reliant on temporary workers, according to the latest data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
Research from the REC’s latest JobsOutlook survey, published today, shows 89% of UK employers plan to increase or maintain temporary headcount in the next quarter, up from 80% in March’s survey.
The survey also shows a third of respondents report having no spare workforce capacity within their organisation, while nearly half (46%) anticipate… Read more
Mid-sized companies in Japan are planning to buy robots and other automation equipment in order to combat a growing labour shortage, according to survey data from the Bank of Japan published in Reuters. Mid-sized businesses with share capital of JPY 100 million to JPY 1 billion (USD 0.9 million to 9 million) plan to boost investment by 17.5% this year with an increasing amount of investment dedicated to becoming more efficient. The robots will help… Read more
Working women in China are increasingly reluctant to have children according to survey data from Chinese career platform Zhaopin.
The data found that women in the workplace were less keen to have children because of work pressure and rising expenses. More than 40,200 people participated in this survey this year.
For working women with no children, 40.1% were reluctant to have children, almost double the 20.48% figure for last year. For women who already have… Read more
English is by far and away the most commonly spoken 'first language' among Premier League players. Despite the steady influx of foreign imports over the last 25 years, you'd be incredibly surprised if it wasn't the native tongue of the majority of individuals in England's top flight.
254 current Premier League players speak English as a first language - those who were born and raised in Britain and Ireland, or who hail from countries such… Read more
Nearly half (42%) of potential candidates in China turned down job offers for various reasons, including counteroffers, according to data from ZW HR Consulting, a Chinese mid-senior level staffing solutions and talent management services provider.
The most common reason for rejecting job offers among the surveyed was counter offers. Most candidates would decline a job offer, if another company gave them a better offer than what the current company offers them.
Another reason candidates… Read more
Japan’s real wages adjusted for inflation, fell 0.8% in March from a year ago to mark its biggest rate of decline since June 2015, reports Reuters. The fall was due to low nominal pay hikes and a rise in consumer prices. In nominal terms, wage earners' cash earnings decreased by 0.4% in March, compared to last year, also the biggest rate of decrease since June 2015. Meanwhile, regular pay fell by 0.1% compared to last… Read more