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Daily Dispatches: Asian growth is also saving the recruiters

Strong growth in the Asian recruitment market was a bright spot for both Robert Walters and Hays on Thursday, as the two groups increased their own staff numbers, in spite of the sluggish appetite for hiring in continental Europe. (Financial Times)

Citigroup plans to hire 200 staff in Singapore this year, a sign of the bank’s growing confidence in the strength of the economic recovery – and in its own financial position. Citi said yesterday it will add 200 new hires to its corporate, consumer and private banking businesses here by the end of the year, confirming a BT report in February. Citi employs about 8,000 people in Singapore. (Asia One)

Hong Kong’s anti-graft body on Thursday charged a KPMG executive with bribery in connection with a controversial initial public offering that is the subject of an investigation by the territory’s securities regulator. The Independent Commission Against Corruption alleged that Leung Sze-chit, who it identified as a 32 year-old “senior manager”, offered a bribe to one of his colleagues. (Financial Times)

Royal Bank of Scotland has lost another senior banker in Australia within weeks of a stunning raid from rival Nomura, but the bank is also hitting back, adding three bankers to its Sydney equities team. (The Australian)

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