Thailand recruiting firm TopTalentAsia relaunches as en world

BANGKOK, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TopTalentAsia relaunches as en world from July 21st 2014 with two new offices located in Bangkok and Chonburi and a new website to improve cross border recruitment services domestically in Thailand and utilize its Asia Pacific network.

TopTalent Asia, established in Bangkok in 1999, specializes in connecting great companies to the best managers and mid-career professionals in Thailand. As en world Thailand, the team will also develop services with the growing number of Japanese companies investing in the region.

“Relaunching as en world is a strategic move which will allow us to support our customers in different ways,” said Ms Belinda Skinner, Country Manager, en world Thailand. “For our clients it means greater service coverage and consistency on an APAC level, an increased candidate pool, and improved process efficiencies. For job seekers it means access to more jobs through our new website, highly trained professional consultants and, with the new locations in Bangkok and Chonburi, a more welcoming and convenient space to discuss the life-changing decision of a career move.”

en world’s brand promise, “Bringing the best people together”, reflects the passion that drives en world employees to find the right candidate for the right job according to Mr Craig Saphin, President of en world Group. “Our goal is to be the most trusted partner in recruiting specialists and managerial talent for global companies in the Asia Pacific region,” said Mr. Saphin, “en world Thailand will partner with people and companies to create the best possible recruiting and staffing connections to support their long-term success.”

The new brand identity will be rolled out through a number of touch points including a new website which allows job seekers to search for jobs across APAC and plan their regional careers (, sales collaterals, social media channels and a new office location.

From 21 July 2014 our new office address will be:

en world Recruitment (Thailand) Co Ltd,.
Athenee Tower, 12th Floor, Unit 1201-1202
63 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel — (662) 106 8600

en world (Chonburi) Recruitment Co Ltd,.
Talaythong Tower, 9th Floor, Room number 906
53 Moo 9, Tungsukla, Sriracha, Chonburi 20230 Thailand
Tel —  (662) 106 8680

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About en world:
en world provides recruitment services, focused on mid-career professionals. The company was established in Japan in 1999 and has expanded to Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and India. With 650 staff representing 20 nationalities in 15 offices, we are introducing talents with 2,800 clients across the Asia Pacific Region. en world is a subsidiary of en-japan Inc., Japan’s leading internet-based recruitment solutions provider.

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AVEVA and ETAP Sign Agreement to Deliver Industry First for Electrical Engineers

CAMBRIDGE, England, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

AVEVA and ETAP’s collaboration provides the first single round-tripping environment for complete data validation including 3D visualisation 

AVEVA and ETAP have signed a partnership agreement under which both companies will jointly develop a software interface between AVEVA Electrical and ETAP’s enterprise solution for electrical power systems. The new interface will provide for the first time electrical engineers with a single round-tripping environment for complete data validation from design and network validation to 3D visualisation. The interface will deliver capabilities for efficient design, development and production for the most complex electrical installations in all types of process and power plants, ships and offshore facilities.

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The collaboration means that engineers will be able to introduce an iterative approach to electrical data changes. They can now seamlessly round-trip data between AVEVA Electrical and ETAP as many times as necessary and can use shared data to visualise and perform accurate cable routing in AVEVA Everything3D through an unbroken workflow.

“Last month customers from around the world gathered to test a pre-release version of the new software interface,” said Shervin Shokooh, Chief Operating Officer, ETAP. “The response was overwhelmingly positive. The interface is helping engineers and designers to repeatedly check the validity of electrical engineering plant design and ensure compliance with relevant industry standards.”

“We have been working with ETAP for many years so it is very rewarding to formalise our partnership with such an important project,” said Dave Wheeldon, Chief Technology Officer, AVEVA. “The interface, which can be easily and quickly introduced at any stage of a project, offers a unique opportunity for electrical engineers to take designs from Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) to detailed design and construction and all the way to operations. The benefits are not just realised during design, it allows electrical validation to continue throughout the life cycle of plant.”

AVEVA Electrical is feature-rich software for electrical engineering and design in plant and marine projects. Its advanced graphical user interfaces, advanced cable routing capabilities, use of design rules and catalogues for data creation offer maximum workflow flexibility, improving project productivity and design quality. AVEVA Electrical is also part of AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering and Design solution that includes AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D), which handles routing and cable segregation in the 3D model. Via a two-way interface, this seamlessly integrates 3D model to create accurate design information.

ETAP is the global market and technology leader in electrical power system modeling, design, analysis, optimization, and predictive real-time solutions. The Company’s software technologies ensure that power systems are designed for optimal reliability, safety, and energy efficiency; when deployed in real-time mode, they enable organizations to manage energy as a strategic asset, maximize system utilization, lower costs, and achieve higher levels of financial stability. Visit for more information.

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Strong Demand for Ambi Climate Beta Units

HONG KONG, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ambi Climate – the delightful add-on upgrade that simplifies your comfort and optimises your home’s air conditioning (“AC”) – has officially accepted its first beta testers. Ambi Labs CEO Julian Lee announced the upcoming beta during Echelon 2014, Asia’s Largest Tech Conference, which was recently held in Singapore. Response from the audience was extremely enthusiastic, with the beta test units set aside for this occasion snapped up in less than 2 hours.

Ambi Climate simplifies your AC comfort
Ambi Climate simplifies your AC comfort

“We thank the organisers, e27, for the opportunity to present at Echelon 2014. It was the perfect platform for us to recruit beta testers from across Asia,” stated Julian. “We are also heartened by the fact that our message resonated so strongly with the audience!”

Attendees at e27 were active not just in signing up as beta testers, but they also voted overwhelmingly for Ambi Climate in the People’s Choice Award — one of only 3 prizes awarded to the 10 finalists, who were in turn handpicked out of over 400 startups that applied to Echelon 2014. “We are humbled and grateful to the Echelon attendees for their support. This validates our research into a common pain point amongst consumers in Asia,” said Julian after the event.

Echelon 2014 attendees who registered for the beta trial were also encouraged to state how Ambi Climate would help them, with the largest category of responses related to comfort. “I’m sick of adjusting my AC temperature every 30 mins!” read one, and “I hate waking up [at] night to [turn] off my aircon” stated another. Some saw an opportunity to care for their loved ones: “So that my wife can stop switching the AC on and off throughout the night.” Others wanted Ambi Climate to help with their AC’s energy consumption: “[I am a] big believer in reducing energy waste at home, especially during the night when AC might not be always required. Plus it would save loads on energy bills!”

Ambi Climate harnesses machine learning and big data techniques to solve these problems. It is the world’s first system that learns not just your preferences, but also predicts how conditions in your home will change. Ambi Climate’s patent pending algorithms build up a holistic picture of your home, and are able to adjust your AC settings to ensure your comfort, no matter the time of the day, or outdoor weather patterns. Ambi Climate also provides deep, data-driven insights into the conditions in the user’s home, and the impact of their usage behaviour. This knowledge helps users to take control of their AC usage, allowing them to understand the tradeoffs between comfort and energy consumption.

Want to sign up as a beta tester? Ambi Climate beta devices will soon be available to a wider audience via a crowdfunding campaign. Sign up for the mailing list at and be notified as soon as they launch their campaign.

Ambi Labs is also announcing an “Ambi-A-Day” video contest. From 16 July to 22 July, contest entrants who submit a video to the Ambi Climate Facebook page detailing why they want an Ambi Climate in 15 seconds or less will have a chance to win a free device. The video with the most votes each day wins a production Ambi Climate device. For further details and Terms and Conditions, visit the official contest page:

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APAC Students Chase Careers at Google and High Future Earnings

SINGAPORE, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Universum’s 2014 Most Attractive Employers in Asia Pacific Ranking reveals students in Asia Pacific want to work for Google.

Asia Pacific is stepping onto the global stage with a growing talent pool of young and goal-oriented students. From October 2013 to May 2014, over 87,000 students took part in Universum’s Asia Pacific Student Survey from regions such as Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Of these areas, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia are quickly becoming competitive areas for talent recruitment in Asia Pacific. Universum’s survey explores career drivers, student goals, desirable employer attributes, and the most common communication channels used to find out about employers.  The results are weighted by GDP.

Top Employer Ranking Results 

Among business, engineering and IT students, Google is consistently ranked as the most desirable employer to work for. Deloitte and Citi follow in 2nd and 3rd place for business students, while engineering and IT students ranked strong brands Apple and Microsoft as their Ideal Employers after Google.  

The rest of the Big Four accounting firms also placed among the Top 10: KPMG ranked 6th, PwC 7th and Ernst & Young 8th. The rankings clearly indicate the popularity of banks and professional service firms as they take 11 of the Top 20 employer positions. However, FMCGs made an impact too, with four key players featured: P&G ranked 5th, Unilever 14th, Nestle 16th and the L’Oreal Group 20th.

“We are honored and delighted that Deloitte is ranked second most ideal employer across Asia Pacific in the Universum ranking this year. This honor comes as a result of our commitment towards providing an environment for our employees to excel and achieve their full potential, and we do so by cultivating a high performance and innovative culture within the firm and delivering a distinctive experience for each employee. I would like to congratulate all of our people who have helped build our reputation and we will continue to work towards being an organisation where the best talent want to work for being an employer of choice for the most sought after talent.” – Chaly Mah, CEO of Deloitte Asia Pacific and Deloitte Southeast Asia 

As technology and digital markets continue to grow, IT employers take a stronghold among top ranks for engineering/IT and business students. Another noteworthy mention is HSBC: The only bank to originate in Asia, HSBC is perceived as the 2nd most attractive bank in Asia to work for after Citi, and takes 9th overall.

“We are delighted to be ranked as one of Universum’s Top 10 Ideal employers by Asia-Pacific’s future talent. As a global bank, whose heritage lies in Asia, it is critical we continue to understand, appreciate and evolve the attributes of current and prospective employees who belong to the Millennial generation”. Elaine Wang, Regional Head of Learning, Talent, Resourcing & Organisation Development, Asia-Pacific, HSBC 

While Google continues to dominate the rankings as the top employer for engineering/IT students, Samsung is a close competitor in Asia Pacific.  On the other hand, former communications and IT giant, Nokia, continues to fall in the rankings at 32nd place this year.  

Across the Top 20 results, 50% are IT employers and seven are car manufacturers. The only FMCG present is P&G, which sits at number 16.

“P&G people have always been and continue to be our most important asset — we are passionate about improving the lives of our consumers and winning in business,” said Charles Lim, Vice President – Human Resources, Procter & Gamble Asia.  “We’re honored for this recognition as part of our continued commitment to recruiting, growing and developing top talent to lead our business in Asia and around the world.”   

“Engineering students’ employer choices are often driven by the innovative consumer products that they experience. Google’s continued dominance and Samsung’s increase in attractiveness can both be attributed to this: Google’s Android software is market-leading and well distributed through Samsung’s products,” said Rachele Focardi, Regional Director Asia Pacific, Universum. “Although professional service employers continue to attract management/commerce students, we are seeing investment in the region from FMCG employers who not only understand how to market to their products, but how to build strong employer brands,” continued Focardi. 

In general, employers within the Energy sector grew in 2014, with Shell being top in the energy industry emerging as the sole company within the sector to be placed in both the Business and Engineering/IT sections and of the APAC’s Most Attractive Employers rankings.

Daniel Zhang, Regional Recruitment Manager (APME), Shell, said: “We are deeply honored to receive the award this year. This award reaffirms Shell’s strengths as a world-class company to work for, and our commitment to be the most innovative and competitive energy company. We are inspired to continue to invest in our people, to attract and retain the best talents within Shell.” 

Career goals: students still seek work/life balance 

Similar to most student respondents around the globe, students in Asia Pacific reflect that work/life balance is a top career goal, with 54% of respondents choosing this as a priority. This is followed by “to be secure or stable in my job” (47%) and “to be dedicated to a cause or feel that I am serving the greater good” (34%). The countries whose students are leading the search for work/life balance are Australia (61%), Hong Kong (66%), mainland China (49%), Indonesia (58%), Malaysia (65%) and Vietnam (53%).

High future earnings vs. professional training and development 

For employers, knowing what attributes attract talent is critical in recruitment success. The 2014 survey reveals that “high future earnings” is a top priority across Asia Pacific for both management/commerce students and engineering/natural science students. This attribute is ranked number one in Japan, and number two in Malaysia.  “A friendly work environment” is the second most popular driver for students in Asia Pacific, ranked first in Malaysia and Singapore, and second in Australia, Hong Kong and Thailand. The third ranked attribute is “a creative and dynamic work environment,” ranked number one in India and two in Vietnam.

For students in Australia and Hong Kong, “professional training and development” is the most sought-after attribute. This is similar in other regions such as the Middle East and much of Europe. On the other hand, “a good reference for future career” is a top driver of employer attractiveness in mainland China. With the exception of Thailand and mainland China, the survey results revealed that “a high starting salary” is not among the Top 10 of the most attractive attributes of an ideal employer. This is because a growing number of Millennials across Asia Pacific prioritize employers who offer positive, flexible and creative working environments over a large paycheck.

While students from different regions are choosing a diverse range of career drivers, one theme for future employers is apparent-the Asia Pacific talent pool is increasingly selecting employer attributes which will provide their careers longevity and diverse opportunities to innovate, lead and succeed.

Asia Pacific is a very diverse and challenging region for employers to secure top talent,” said Focardi. “There are a number of employer attributes that are very attractive to students, but those that trigger career decisions are ultimately quite diverse. We cannot treat them as one homogenous group – successful employers segment this audience and produce very targeted communications.” 



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Universum is an international company which specialises in the field of employer branding. Founded in 1988, its goal was to improve communication between students and the employers who want to recruit them. Today, Universum’s mission is to help employers excel in recruitment and retention by ensuring improvements to their employer brand. Universum delivers a full range of services in research, strategic consulting and communication solutions that enable employers to better understand, attract and retain current and future ideal employees. Universum is a trusted partner to 1,200 clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, and co-operates with 1,500 universities worldwide to conduct research on the career and employer preferences of top talent. Universum surveys on an annual basis 700,000 students and professionals worldwide.

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ACCA enjoys strong performance and is determined to build on successful year

HONG KONG, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — An increase of almost 5% in member numbers has resulted in ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) achieving nearly 170,000 members in the past year. At the same time, the global body for professional accountants recorded 436,000 students, of which 384,000 — an increase of over 12,000 on the previous year — were studying for the ACCA Qualification in 2013-14.

ACCA’s rate of growth among members at 4.7% is the highest of any of the international accounting bodies, comprising 10,377 new members and a 98.4% retention rate among existing members.

Fundamental to achieving growth is ACCA’s professional standing. ACCA asked employers for their overall perceptions — with 95% saying that ACCA was a respected brand and 89% saying that ACCA was a world class organisation. ACCA was seen as being the global leader among international accounting bodies by over 50% of those surveyed. The next highest ranked body was mentioned by only 17% of those surveyed.

Learning providers were also asked about their views — with 90% saying ACCA is a world class organisation and 85% agreeing that ACCA is a great career choice for young people.

ACCA Chief Executive Helen Brand OBE said, “The opinions of employers and learning providers are critical to us, since they provide career and learning opportunities to all our members and students. We are delighted that their feedback continues to show overwhelming endorsement and support and we will continue to work closely with employers to ensure that ACCA continues to meet their needs.”

“It is heartening that we have been able to grow the number of members as well as increasing our student base globally, both through increased recruitment and improved retention, which has been achieved by more and better support, along with enhanced member and student services. We have achieved all the targets we set for ourselves speed, efficiency and quality of email and telephone service — all of which are benchmarked against globally accepted service delivery measures,” said Helen Brand.