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Australia – Job ads decline for third month in a row

3 June 2013

Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the internet fell for the third consecutive month in May, according to a new survey by the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. This found that job ads dropped by a monthly rate of -2.4% in May after falling -1.7% in April.Advertisements are...


MENA – Freelancing grows in popularity

3 June 2013

Freelancing is growing in popularity in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new survey which found that 75.2% of respondents believe it to offer a better work-life balance and pay than working full-time.Research by job site Bayt.com found that seven out of 10 respondents would consid...


Indonesia – Talent shortage worsening by 2020

3 June 2013

By 2020, companies in Indonesia will face large gaps in entry-level and middle-manager jobs, as well as a lack of leadership skills among senior executives, according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group.Indonesia’s economy will likely break into the global top 15 in the next decade, bu...


Australia – Union slams minimum wage increase

3 June 2013

Unions have slammed today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to raise the minimum wage for 1.5 million low-paid workers by AUD 15.80 a week as a “very poor outcome”. The minimum wage will increase to AUD 622.20 per week.The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said that low-paid workers...


Peru – Executive recruiter Pedersen & Partners expands

3 June 2013

International executive search firm Pedersen & Partners is extending its coverage of the Latin American region by opening a new office in the Peruvian capital Lima. The recruiter now operates three offices in South America, including in Brazil and Colombia.The new office will be headed by Cec...


Australia – ICT recruiter HiTech expects profit slump

31 May 2013

In a brief trading statement today, Australian ICT staffing company HiTech Personnel (HIT:ASX) said it expects net profit after tax (NPAT) for the 2013 financial year to range between AUD 100,000 and AUD 200,000, depending on the May and June results. This is well below the NPAT of AUD 556,699 la...


South Africa – Recruiter Kelly Group accused of fraud

31 May 2013

South African recruitment firm Kelly Group has been accused of cheating on its black economic empowerment (BEE) partner, Ndaba Ekude, according to local media reports. South African companies are required by law to boost black ownership to rectify the imbalances of apartheid.It is alleged that th...


Vietnam – New decree regulates staffing services

31 May 2013

State media reports that the Vietnamese Government has issued a decree which recognises the practice of labour hiring or labour dispatch services, following the implementation of a new regulation in the Labour Code.  The decree specifies that labour subleasing is restricted to 17 types of jo...


Japan – Job availability improves, unemployment steady

31 May 2013

Unemployment in Japan remained stable in April as the availability of jobs improved to the highest level in almost five years, according to official figures by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.The data points to an economic recovery as the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate...


Singapore – Job growth in banking and financial services expected

31 May 2013

Singapore is set to capture a fair share of new job growth in the global banking and financial services industry, according to a new survey by specialist recruitment firm, Robert Half. The survey asked the senior management of banks and financial services companies to nominate the three cities th...