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Nepal – Corruption Scandal in Foreign Employment Department

4 September 2013

Sluggish service delivery in the aftermath of the arrest of eighteen staff at the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has left hundreds of workers and recruiting agencies furious according to The Katmandu Post. So angry was the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (Nafea) that the...


India - Economic slowdown hits Accountant recruitment

4 September 2013

The job scenario for fresh chartered accountants has been clouded by the economic slowdown, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) said on Tuesday via MINT.Indian services activity shrank in August at its quickest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis as new busines...


China – Cloud Recruitment catching on

4 September 2013

‘Cloud-based recruitment services’, so named because they use the Internet as a common network to pool together resources, enable enterprises and mid-sized businesses to recruit top talent, align employees to key goals and collate data throughout their employees' careers are catching on in China...


Japan – S-Pool impacted by Fukushima pledge

3 September 2013

Japan-based staffing business S-Pool’s (2471: JP) share price tumbled -25%, following an announcement from the government pledging to spend nearly USD 500 million to help in the clean-up operations of the Fukushima nuclear power site disaster.S-Pool currently supplies workers to Tokyo Electric Po...


Australia – Recruitment firm suspended from securities exchange

3 September 2013

Recruitment firm Hamilton James & Bruce Limited (HJB: ASX) have been suspended from official quotation by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). In a statement, the ASX advised that the securities of Hamilton James & Bruce were being suspended from the commencement of trading on 2 Sept...


Australia – Clients enforcing their diversity agenda

3 September 2013

Companies are increasingly requesting that recruitment agencies source more diverse candidates for selection. The pressure is mostly to find suitable women, but there have also been instructions for companies to provide a list of candidates with diverse ethnic backgrounds, according to BRW.com.au...


India – Demand rising for some specialised roles

3 September 2013

Even though large swathes of the job market remain subdued, against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating economic environment, a few roles are witnessing increasing demand, according to headhunters reporting to the Economic Times India.Management consultants, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) wi...


Japan – ‘Non-regular’ workers serving as family breadwinners

2 September 2013

There were approximately 12.5 million non-regular (temporary or fixed term contract) workers in Japan in 2010. Of those workers, an estimated 1.5 million served as the sole or primary breadwinner of their household earning less than JPY 3 million (USD 30,209) per annum, according to the Japanese...


Saudi Arabia – Gulf region still a Mecca for foreign workers despite Nitiqat

2 September 2013

Of all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Saudi Arabia is leading a trend for regulating local labour, according to a Dr Jasim Ali, a Bahraini MP writing for Gulf News. The implementation of the Nitaqat or ‘Saudi-sation’, which went into effect in early July, were designed to apply pressur...


Iraq – Recruitment of Bangladeshis formalised

2 September 2013

Dhaka and Baghdad have formalised an agreement on the resumption of recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower for post-war reconstruction activities in the war-torn country, reports the Financial Express Bangladesh. Iraqi Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nassar-Al-Rubaiee and Bangladesh Expatria...