Online employment group Seek's first half profit has jumped 11.5 per cent, despite challenging conditions in the Australian labour market.
The company on Wednesday posted a record net profit of $67.5 million for the six months to December 31, up from $60.6 million in the previous corresponding period.
Seek also lifted its total revenue by 32 per cent to $275.3 million, from $208.1 million.
However, earnings from the company's Australia and New Zealand employment business remained relatively flat at $120.9 million.
"This was another record half year result that was achieved despite weak macro-conditions and a re-investment focus in our international businesses," chief executive Andrew Bassat said in a statement.
Revenue from Seek's employment business dropped two per cent compared to the same period in 2011/2012, reflecting the fewer number of job ads in the first half.
On the other hand, the company's education arm - which includes Seek Learning and Think - more than doubled its earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to $13.62 million from $5.46 million.
Seek on Wednesday also announced the finalisation of its transaction with Chinese employment website Zhaopin.
The deal, worth $US132.8 million ($A129.62 million), sees Seek increase its stake in the company from 55.5 per cent to 78.2 per cent.
"Zhaopin is a market leader in China and has very exciting growth prospects," Mr Bassat said.
"We expect Zhaopin to provide Seek's shareholders with strong earnings growth for many years."
The company expects net profit for the second half of the 2012/2013 financial year to be "moderately greater" than the first.
"Seek's portfolio of leading businesses are well-positioned for medium- to long-term earnings growth," Mr Bassat said.
Seek will pay shareholders a fully-franked final dividend of 10 cents per share, up 20 per cent from the previous corresponding period.