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Australia – SEEK CEO confident company will remain market leader

28 November 2014

Andrew Bassat, CEO of Australian job board SEEK, says he is not fearful that popular US professional network site LinkedIn could emerge as a dominant force in the Australian job placement market, reports theaustralian.com.au

While LinkedIn has been active in Australia for several years it does...

Asia – Regional bosses making the most of exit interviews

28 November 2014

The majority of companies in Asia are using feedback from exit interviews to boost their business, according to a new white-paper from recruitment firm Robert Walters, reports humanresourcesonline.net

In a survey of 1,200 professionals and hiring managers across China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,...

Indonesia – Ministry for Manpower proposes collaboration with Singapore on training workers

28 November 2014

Indonesia’s Minister for Manpower, Hanif Dhakiri, has announced that the country hopes to work more closely with Singapore to improve the skills set of Indonesians working abroad, reports asianewsnet.net

After meeting his visiting counterpart from Singapore, Tan Chuan-Jin, Mr Dhakiri told reporters:...

Malaysia – Women chronically underrepresented in the labour market

27 November 2014

Despite various initiatives, the number of Malaysian women employed in the formal workforce has remained stubbornly below 50% for the past 20 years. Women employed in the formal economy, however, earn less than men at every level, according to the Malaysia Human Development Report 2013, reports The Malaysian...

New Zealand – Demand rising for Australian workers, especially in IT

27 November 2014

With an estimated 50,000 jobs being created in New Zealand over the next two years, many in IT, New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is reaching out across the Tasman Sea to Australia to find workers, reports cio.com.au

New Zealand’s IT industry has the fastest...

Middle East – Ebola tests being considered for all foreign workers

27 November 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are considering approving a strategy to tackle Ebola that would include testing all foreign workers, reports arabnews.com

The announcement was made yesterday by Tawfeek Ahmad Khoja, Director General of the GCC’s Health Ministers’ Council. Mr Khoja said...

Singapore – Robots to replace waiters as early as next year

27 November 2014

With a talent crunch biting, customers at Singaporean restaurants can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots instead of waiters by as early as the end of 2015, reports channelnewsasia.com

The flying robots, known as Infinium-Serve, will be launched at five restaurant outlets in Singapore,...

World – Cost optimisation top priority for CFOs, says PageGroup

26 November 2014

Six-out-of-10 (61%) financial leaders still consider cost optimisation their number on priority, followed closely by process optimisation, according to the 2014 global CFO and Financial Leadership Barometer from PageGroup.

Between May and June 2014, nearly 3,000 financial leaders from over 70 countries...

Singapore – Public sector push to attract and retain engineers

26 November 2014

Singapore’s largest employer is stepping up efforts to attract  engineering talent, amid reports that the country needs 1,000 more engineers each year for the next five years to keep public infrastructural projects going, reports business.asiaone.com

The Public Service Division (PSD) is...

UAE – Labour laws to be revised to encourage more Emiratis into the labour market

26 November 2014

Minister for Labour Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash announced yesterday that a revised labour law has been drafted to boost Emirati workforce participation rates. The revised law is  also expected to impact workers in the country’s free zones; which among other things are exempt from import and export...