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Taiwan – Plan to recruit foreign agricultural workers proves contentious

24 October 2014

A proposal by the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture to open the country’s labour-strapped agricultural sector to foreign workers has sparked debate, reports focustaiwan.tw

Taiwan's agricultural population is aging rapidly, due mainly to the low income agricultural jobs and lack of interest in...

South Africa – Adcorp eyeing further overseas acquisitions following H1 growth

23 October 2014

Adcorp (ADR: JSE), South Africa’s largest staffing firm, yesterday reported revenue of ZAR 6.4 billion (USD 576.9 million) for the six months ending 31 August 2014, an increase of +12% compared with ZAR 5.7 billion (USD 514.1 million) a year ago.

Gross profit for the period rose by +11% to ZAR 981.8...

Australia – Skilled Group releases positive trading update

23 October 2014

The CEO of Australian staffing firm Skilled Group (SKE: ASX), Mick McMahon advised that, overall, revenue and earnings in the three months to 30 September 2014 were more than +10% higher than during the same three-month period last year.

During the company’s annual general meeting, Mr McMahon said that...

Indonesia – Korn/Ferry partners with pharmaceutical company

23 October 2014

Executive search firm Korn/Ferry (KFY: NYSE) announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Indonesian pharmaceutical company Combiphar to manage the company’s recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions.

Korn/Ferry will provide a consistent solution for finding the right talent...

Japan – Companies lagging behind in tools and training for diversity

23 October 2014

Only 40% of Japanese respondents agrees that their employer provides diverse team tools and training, making them the lowest ranked of the 33 countries included in the Randstad Workmonitor Q3 2014 report.

The global average response to the same question found that 60% of employees feel that their organisation...

Hong Kong – Retention and recruitment a concern for HR departments

23 October 2014

A survey conducted by recruitment firm en world Hong Kong has revealed that more than half of HR leaders face challenges when it comes to retaining top employees. Moreover, approximately 85% of HR professional believe that their firm has struggled to recruit top talent.

The economy across Asia Pacific...

India – IT consulting firm acquires Virginia-based recruitment firm Vivos

22 October 2014

Hyderabad-based IT consulting and software services firm Kellton Tech Solutions Ltd has acquired US-based recruiting firm Vivos Professional Services for an undisclosed amount, reports vccircle.com

Headquartered in Northern Virginia, Vivos Professional provides staffing solutions across five primary...

Australia – Jobseeker relocation scheme proving a success

22 October 2014

Nearly 150 people have taken advantage of a government scheme which offer financial assistance of up to AUD 9,000 (USD 7,919) to relocate for work, with the majority staying in their home state, reports The Guardian

Since 1 July this year, 145 people have accessed the relocation assistance programme,...

India – Festive hiring to create thousands of temporary jobs

22 October 2014

The fourth quarter of the year is expected to produce up to 450,000 temporary jobs as a result of rising demand from various sectors, as business try to cope with the upcoming festive season, reports The Hans India

India’s hiring landscape has improved over the past few months following a revival...

Oman – Two-year visa ban impacting skilled recruitment

22 October 2014

The Omani government has stated unequivocally that there will be no change to the two-year visa ban on expatriate workers leaving jobs before the end of their contracts with no objection certificate (NOC), reports the Times of Oman

The announcement follows reports  that the government was...