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People First

People First

People First

Multisector recruiter providing a personal level of service across a wide range of sectors.

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Team China

Team China

Team China

Specialist recruiters for Chinese speakers, and recruitment solutions for Chinese businesses.

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Team Japan

Team Japan

Team Japan

Specialist recruiters for Japanese speakers, and recruitment solutions for Japanese businesses.

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Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Leading recruiter for permanent, interim and temporary roles in Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics

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Multilingual

Multilingual

Multilingual

Specialist recruiters for language speakers, and recruitment solutions for international businesses.

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Office Support

Office Support

Office Support

Your local recruiter for office jobs with local knowledge and high levels of personal service.

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News

EARLY GENDER DISPARITY AT WORK - 03/05/2017

 

The careers of men and women diverge immediately upon entry into the labour market and thereby contribute to the gender wage gap says a new IZA World of Labor report. The report says that this disparity is partly due to differences in educational choices made by men and women.

The last 50 years have witnessed a notable convergence between men and women in labor force participation, hours worked, wages, and educational level. Despite this… Read more

Japan – Labour shortage fuels growth in permanent workers - 03/05/2017

 

The number of permanent jobs in Japan grew by 260,000 in March when compared to a year ago, rising for the first time since the global financial crisis and outpacing growth in temporary jobs over the past two years.

Data from the Internal Affairs Ministry shows that part-time, temporary and contract jobs rose by 170,00 over the year in March, below the 260,000 for permanent jobs. Last year, 510,000 permanent jobs and 360,000 non-regular… Read more

job offers up in China - 03/05/2017

 

Job offers increased in Indonesia and China but fell in Vietnam and South Korea during the three-month quarter ending in March, when compared to the previous quarter, according to data from Japanese recruitment firm JAC Recruitment, published in Nikkei Asian Review. Indonesia’s job offers increased by 43% compared to the previous quarter, the growth was attributed to growing human resources needs related to infrastructure such as railroads and the power grid. Chinese job offers jumped 41% mainly… Read more

Japan – Majority support ‘equal pay for equal work’ (Japan News) - 27/04/2017

 

A survey from Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, published by Japan News, shows that most Japanese support ‘equal pay for equal work’. The survey which was conducted from March to April, showed that 71% of poll respondents think equal compensation should be paid to those who have the same ability, performance and length of service as other employees, regardless of their employment status as regular or non-regular workers. Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 27%… Read more

China – Quality of leadership is fundamental to talent hiring - 26/04/2017

 

Senior talent in China says that quality of leadership is what matters most, according to a new report from executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

The report from Heidrick & Struggles, ‘Getting Employer Branding Right in China’ surveyed 151 senior executives at director level or above in mainland China to understand how extensively employer branding affects corporate success, and the factors that attract them to and retain them at an organisation.

When asked to… Read more

People First on TV! - 06/04/2017

People First has been featured in a French TV news programme which aired last night. In February, sales director, Ian Ward was interviewed about his views on Brexit and its impact on the UK recruitment industry; you can view the footage here.

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Japan – Government adopts action plan calling for overtime caps - 29/03/2017

 

The Japanese government adopted an action plan yesterday for work reform, calling for capping overtime at 100 hours a month, promoting equal pay for equal jobs and improving conditions for non-regular workers, according to the Japan Times.

"This will be a historic first step to change how people work in Japan, and 2017 will be remembered as the starting point," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

The action plan calls for limiting overtime work to… Read more

James joins the team to handle Procurement roles - 16/03/2017

We were delighted to welcome James to People First’s supply chain team at the start of the year. James has joined colleagues in the City office but also works closely with our Thames Valley consultants in the Staines-upon-Thames office.  James has previous recruitment experience and is focussing on Procurement roles with a variety of blue chip organisations and SMEs.  He is looking forward to getting to know candidates with a purchasing background so that he… Read more

China – More than 13 million new jobs created - 02/03/2017


China has created more than 13 million new urban jobs for four consecutive years, reports Xinhua. The government stated that the jobs were created despite “downward pressure and industrial restructuring” in the economy. The Ministry of Human Resources attributes the country’s employment situation to sustained economic development, the optimisation of the industrial structure, government business reforms and the emergence of new technologies and businesses.
 

Source: staffingindustry.com

 

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China – Most employers concerned over continuing skills shortages - 01/03/2017

 

According to new data from Hays, 70% of employers in China are concerned they don’t have the right talent to achieve current business objectives.

The data from Hays also shows that 53% of employers in China believe skills shortages have the potential to hamper efficient business operations this year. A further 44% expect shortages to have some impact on business operations.

“When the efficiency of a business is threatened, planning your business strategy and… Read more

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