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Australia – High labour costs hurting businesses

27 November 2013

A survey of Australian businesses by Randstad showed the 25% of the nation’s business leaders are worried about productivity levels; compared with 17% in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and 19% in India, reports afr.com.Productivity gains in Australia are a problem, according to Michael Roddy...


World – Effective talent acquisition is key

27 November 2013

Executives in virtually every industry are concerned about the lack of available talent, reports the Moscow Times. Globally, the working-age population is on the decline while the number of retirees is on the rise. At the same time, low-skilled workers exceed demand while highly educated and even...


Asia – Professional job advertisements rise

26 November 2013

International recruitment firm Robert Walters (RWA: LSE) published its Asia Job Index for Q3 2013, reporting a +9.9% increase in the number of jobs advertised for professional positions across the region compared with Q2 2013. Compared with Q3 2012, the number of jobs advertised rose by +20.5% ac...


China – Leaders meet to discuss executive talent issues

26 November 2013

More than 100 senior executives from leading global organisations, including Microsoft, Baidu, Masek and McKinsey gathered for a high-level forum to discuss China's global senior executive talent needs.This unique collaboration between the China Global Talents Society and the worldwide Associatio...


India – Head-hunters looking for work as recruitment firms shut

26 November 2013

India’s economic slowdown, which has resulted in a drop in hiring activity over the past two years, has hit the recruitment industry hard, reports the Hindustan Times. In an ironic twist of fate, those workers responsible for finding jobs for others are now forced to hunt for work themselves.Thou...


Asia – Closer ASEAN ties concern workers and employers

26 November 2013

Workers and employers across Asia have expressed concerns about the Asean Economic Community (AEC) that will come into effect in 2015 according to a survey from Jobstreet.com, reports nationalmultimedia.com. The goal of the AEC is closer regional economic integration.One-third of respon...


New Zealand – AWF Group’s revenues rise but profits fall

25 November 2013

New Zealand-based blue collar temporary staffing provider AWF Group (AWF: NZSX) reported revenue for the NZD 62.5 million (USD 51.2 million) for the six months ending 30 September 2013, an increase of +1% from NZD 61.9 million (USD 50.7 million) last year.The company reported a profit before tax...


Australia – Rubicor releases H1 trading update

25 November 2013

Australian recruitment services firm Rubicor Group (RUB: ASX) released a market update for the first half of the financial year. Trading conditions remain soft, particularly in October and November.Based on the company’s management reports to the end of October, the Board has issued guidance that...


Australia – Oilfield Workforce Group signs exclusive placement agreement

25 November 2013

Oilfield Workforce Group Limited (ASX: OFW), an international oil and gas manpower solutions provider, announces that it has signed an exclusive permanent placement agreement with Daya Offshore Construction (DOC).The agreement grants Oilfield Workforce the exclusive right to work on all of D...


Brazil – Provisional measure slammed by Trade Union

25 November 2013

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MTE) has drafted a provisional measure that, if passed by Congress, would allow employers to hire unregistered temporary workers for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 60 days each year.Sindeprestem, the Trade Union representing outsourced and temporary w...