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South Africa – ADvTech Recruitment division falters

27 August 2013

South African recruitment firm ADH ADvTech (ADH: SJ) reported half year revenue of ZAR 882 million (USD 85.9 million) for the six months to 30 June 2013. Revenue for the half year increased +4% from ZAR 850.4 million (USD 82.8 million) a year ago.Frank Thompson, CEO of ADvTech, commented “The imp...


Asia – Business executives optimistic about workforce across region

27 August 2013

The most attractive countries for new business expansion are Indonesia, followed by Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar, according to Amcham's ASEAN Business Outlook Survey. However, despite general optimism about ASEAN’s business prospects, significant challenges remain; namely corruption and persona...


Australia – Financial incentives for the unemployed proposed

27 August 2013

As the Australian election campaign heats up, the opposition candidate Tony Abbott has proposed a financial incentive scheme aimed at rewarding those prepared to relocate to secure work. Thousands of dollars in bonuses will lure the long-term unemployed into jobs. Jobseekers prepared to move to s...


Chile – Foreign logistics workers sought after

27 August 2013

According to a survey from recruitment firm Randstad, the number of foreign logistics professionals will increase in Chile by +10% in 2014. The highest proportion will come from neighbouring countries; such as Brazil and Argentina.Luciana Bengardino, mining team leader, suppliers & logis...


China – Public consultation on draft Labour Dispatch provisions

26 August 2013

Subsequent to the issuance of the Implementing Measures for the Administrative Licensing of Labour Dispatch Services (the "Measures") on 22 June 2013 (see our last legal update, "New Labour Dispatch Rules Take Effect"), the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHR...


India – Temporary staffing momentum to grow further

26 August 2013

By 2020, about 10% of the overall workforce in India could be working in a flexible capacity through staffing companies, according to the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF). The percentage share is expected to increase further to 20% by 2025 and the growth is led by the IT industry.According to Mr....


India – Job seekers rejecting a job offer should get ready to pay penalty

26 August 2013

Job applicants who accept a job offer but don't join may have to pay a penalty as employers are starting to insert 'penalty clauses' in their job offer letters, holding them liable to pay 5% of offered salary if they accept the offer but don't join."It takes us back by months if a probable e...


Australia - Business slammed over misclassification case

26 August 2013

A homeware business has been slammed with a massive AUD 161,000 (USD 145,123) fine from the Federal Court over a sham contracting case, after the workplace watchdog accused the company of having misclassified its employees.The case is yet another example of how the government is continuing to cra...


Australia - Industry groups stand divided over FWC apprentice wage rise decision

26 August 2013

Key industry bodies are up in arms over the Fair Work Commission’s decision to increase the minimum wages for apprentices, with some declaring it a major blow for employment opportunities.The decision announced last week will give young apprentices, trainees and juniors across many industries a w...


New Zealand – Skilled work opportunities flowing

26 August 2013

Skilled Kiwis on the hunt for a new job are in luck, according to fresh figures showing the employment market is booming.Government statistics put New Zealand job vacancies up by +13.2% in the past year compared with the previous 12 months. This includes a +9.4% boost in the number of skilled pos...