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Peru – Young people protest “heavy handed” and “exploitative” new labour laws

19 January 2015

Thousands of young Peruvians have marched through central Lima, chanting: “We don’t want to be cheap, exploited manpower”, in the latest protest against a controversial labour law, reports The Guardian.

The demonstrators claim the new laws rob them of basic rights, but the government argues the...

Australia – The mega trends disrupting the workplace

19 January 2015

Rapid technological change, an aging workforce and growing awareness of workplace-related health issues are some of the mega-trends that will markedly impact the future of work, as reported by The Australian.

Big data will be a massive growth area over the next decade, along with digital technologies...

New Zealand – Employment confidence dips

19 January 2015

New Zealanders became more pessimistic about the state of the labour market in late 2014, with the Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index falling from 111.5 to 106.5 in December. This reflects increased pessimism about the availability of jobs, as well as reduced expectations for wage growth....

Singapore - Recruitment of financial analysts to continue this year

19 January 2015

Financial analysts will be in demand in Singapore this year as experts said hedge funds in the country will continue focusing on recruiting analysts throughout 2015 instead of searching for those who can manage funds according to Asia First.

Jamie Thorpe, head of fund management for Asia Pacific at search...

Fiji – Government cracks down on illegal employment agencies

19 January 2015

The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations is investigating four separate cases of bogus Foreign Employment Agencies, reports the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

Minister Jioji Konrote says the agencies involved in the four cases did not attain an authorisation certificate from the...

Japan – S-Pool reports strong 2014 growth following weaker 2013

15 January 2015

Japanese staffing business S-Pool Inc. (2471: JP) reported revenue of JPY 6.6 billion (USD 56.3 million) for the year ending 30 November 2014, an increase of 23.1% compared with JPY 5.4 billion (USD 46.1 million) in 2013. 

  FY 2014 FY 2013 Change
Revenue JPY 6.6 billion ...

Australia – Non-resources industries spurring labour market recovery

15 January 2015

The recovery of the Australian labour market during 2014 has been attributed to the country’s non-resource industries, according to job board SEEK. There were 36% fewer Mining, Resource, and Energy jobs during 2014, compared with 2013, but despite the downturn there were 9.7% more jobs advertised in...

Argentina – Sharp decline in temporary jobs

15 January 2015

The number of temporary jobs in Argentina decreased by nearly 25% during 2014, according to data from the country’s Institute for National Statistics (INDEC). The number of temporary jobs fell from 69,666 in 2013 to 52,834 in 2014. 

There are 16 million workers in Argentina, comprising 11 million...

Australia – Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain hiring to pick up in 2015

15 January 2015

Demand for Transport, Logistics, and Supply Chain staff across Australia increased by 22.4% between December 2013 and December 2014, according to the LabourForce Impex Job Index. The Index reported a month-on-month decrease of 4.6% in December 2014, the first decline reported since June 2014.


Australia – Recruit Holdings announces two major acquisitions

15 January 2015

Japanese staffing giant Recruit Holdings (6098: JP) announced that it has acquired Australian staffing company Chandler MacLeod Group (CMG: AU) and Australian IT recruitment firm Peoplebank.

Recruit Holdings has agreed to commence procedures for the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of Chandler...