51job, Inc. (listed on Nasdaq: JOBS), a leading provider of integrated human resource services in China, announced today its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2019 ended September 30, 2019.
Online recruitment services revenues for the third quarter of 2019 were RMB633.4 million (US$88.6 million), representing a 2.4% decrease from RMB649.3 million for the same quarter of the prior year. The decline was due to weak macroeconomic conditions and soft hiring demand by employers in China in 2019.
“The diverse nature and strength of our proven, integrated HR solutions model enabled us to maintain solid profitability in the third quarter. Although near-term hiring sentiment remains weak and has negatively affected our online recruitment business, the resiliency of our other HR services area has seen consistent progress in employer engagement in these challenging market conditions of 2019. As we wrap up the year, we will continue to lay the groundwork for 51job’s long-term successful development with a disciplined focus on executing our strategic plan: to deepen customer relationships across the entire talent management value chain, to improve user experience and effectiveness, and to expand our HR ecosystem with new innovative products, technology and partners.”
Rick Yan, President and Chief Executive Officer
The estimated number of unique employers utilizing the Company’s online services decreased 14.1% to 313,687 in the third quarter of 2019 compared with 365,386 for the same quarter of the prior year, primarily due to reduced recruitment need or inactivity expressed by smaller-sized customer accounts. However, average revenue per unique employer increased 13.6% in the third quarter of 2019 as compared with the same quarter in 2018, driven by the Company’s up-selling efforts and focus on sales opportunities with larger-sized customer accounts.
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