+ Transitioning well from COVID staffing needs. Revenue from Covid-related staffing was a drag on growth. For instance, in FY21, the average monthly number of contractors jumped 36% to 16.92k. It managed to still grow by 2% in FY22, and remains 45% above pre-pandemic levels. Margins from such staffing needs were higher due to the urgency in demand.
– Professional recruitment softer in Singapore and China. 2H22 experienced a major 15% fall in placement volume. The weakest countries were Singapore and China. Demand has moderated in Singapore as confidence in the macro environment has waned. China’s lockdown created much uncertainty in hiring decisions. Strength was from Taiwan and Hong Kong.