Last week financier Mats Qviberg and his company Custos bought Metro Sweden from Kinnevik for a mere SEK 50 million ($5.5 million U.S.). The deal concerns only the Swedish part of Metro. Kinnevik remains owner of the international part - which is still for sale.
Firstbird, the Vienna-based recruiting-tech start-up, recently introduced its first app called Firstbird2Go. Firstbird is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that enables companies to generate candidate referrals from current and former employees, and business contacts.
In France, jobs aggregator Monster launched an employer-branding solution, and Meteojob, a French jobs site, announced one of its key focus areas will be the development of an employer-branding ability in the coming year.
Chakri.com, an emerging job site in Bangladesh, is focused on building its resume database. At a two-day jobs fair late last month, it managed to get 5,000 students to submit their resumes right there and then. The jobs fair was hosted by a local institution.
EHarmony is looking for a buyer for its three-year foray into recruitment classifieds after Elevated Careers failed to click with jobseekers.
Bayt.com, a leading job site in the Middle East, enhanced its CV search tool to help employers in their ongoing battle to connect with the best job seekers.
Indeed.com, a leading jobs search engine (if not the leading), is recruiting 500 new staff members at its European headquarters in Dublin, leveraging its fast-growing revenue stream to stay ahead of the curve. This round of appointments will double the workforce at the HQ to around 1,000 people.
Monster is laying off 180 people, mostly in sales and mostly in the U.S. At least one of those leaving the company is a high-level executive based in New York. The company was taken private under ownership of Randstad Holding NV of the Netherlands in October.
Andrew Bassett, the chief executive and co-founder of online jobs marketplace Seek, told the Australian Financial Review he intends to disrupt the business model of the online job advertisement business by investing in disruptive start-ups and ‘scale-up’ businesses.
In Poland, the social jobs site IniJob.com launched to "facilitate communication and issue-solving between employees and employers", while giving employers the opportunity to identify new candidates to recruit among the community members.