SHL Expands Global Online Presence as Demand for Employee Assessments Grows Launches Six New International Websites to Support Increased Need for Companies around the World to Find and Attract Top Talent

ATLANTA, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SHL, the global leader in talent measurement solutions, today announced it has expanded its online presence throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East with the launch of six new international websites. Now, countries whose native language is Dutch, Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Arabic have unprecedented access to SHL's science-based talent measurement solutions to help them make their most critical talent decisions.

In 2011, employee and new hire assessment usage grew by 20% in China, 61% in the Middle East and over 40% in Europe. Indications of regional growth continue into 2012, with China, France and the Middle East projecting assessment growth rates of 56%, 31% and 42% respectively based on Q1 activity. Companies the world over are clearly recognizing that people are their most important business asset, with the attraction and retention of top talent of paramount concern.

"Assessment demand has skyrocketed for companies of all sizes in China - from state-owned enterprises to multi-national corporations and businesses in the private sector," commented Fu Quan, General Manager, SHL China. "While specific assessment needs vary quite dramatically across business sectors, one commonality exists: all companies need to find the very best candidates from the start. More organizations than ever trust assessments to find, retain and develop that talent, since they are central to confidently identifying critical competencies proven to predict success in a job role, and ultimately achieve business success." 

With a presence in 50 countries, and over 10,000 business customers worldwide, this expansion further cements SHL's global footprint as the organization more businesses count on to help them make their most critical decisions about talent. In fact, according to SHL's recently released annual Global Assessment Trends Report, up to 70% of companies worldwide are currently using assessments to inform their hiring decisions.

"As the worldwide business landscape continues to flatten, increasing numbers of companies are finding they are fighting for candidates in the same talent pool. Simply put, the battle for talent has never been tougher," explains Robert Morgan, Chief Customer Officer of SHL. "Assessments are proving to be the secret ingredient of accelerating positive business outcomes -- giving companies the competitive edge, and putting them ahead of the pack in this ever-changing global workforce."

For more information on SHL, visit www.shl.com.

About SHL - People intelligence. Business results.
SHL is the leader in talent measurement solutions, driving better business results for clients through superior people intelligence and decisions - from hiring and recruiting, to employee development and succession planning. With a presence in over 50 countries, SHL delivers more than 25 million assessments annually in over 30 languages - allowing over 10,000 business customers to benefit from both global expertise and local insight. Along with its world-class consulting practices and 24-hour support center, SHL clients can access over 1,000 assessments through an easy-to-use technology platform. Headquartered in London, UK, the company has offices in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. For more information, visit www.shl.com.

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