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India – Staffing Federation opposes rise in salary cap for benefits

25 September 2013

The Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), an apex body of flexible staffing industry in India, announced that it opposed the Labour Ministry's decision to raise the salary cap of Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) beneficiaries to RUP 25,000 (USD 400) from the current R...


Australia – Only one in five planning to recruit

25 September 2013

Just one in five businesses are planning to hire new staff, the lowest level for hiring intentions since the global financial crisis, according to recruitment firm Hudson. A recent survey conducted by Hudson, of more than 2,500 employers in July and August, found that 20.9% are planning to take o...


New Zealand – Temporary migration’s positive impact

25 September 2013

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has welcomed new research from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on the impact of temporary migration on jobs and wages in New Zealand, reports voxy.co.nz.Using figures from MBIE, Statistics New Zealand and Inland Revenue; ‘The Rise...


Singapore – Recruitment expected to remain stable

25 September 2013

Staffing numbers for the second half of 2013 are anticipated to remain stable in Singapore, according to 55% of employers surveyed by Michael Page. Of the companies that are expecting to maintain headcount, 50% are likely to increase staff numbers in 12 to 18 months’ time.During the second half o...


Bahrain – New employment legislation announced

24 September 2013

Osamah bin Abdulla al Absi, CEO of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), has stated that the LMRA has adopted a new system that gives employers the benefit of applying for work permits with a duration of one year instead of the regular two years for half the price. Employers also have th...


India – Randstad CEO: Profitability in India has not been good

24 September 2013

Ben Noteboom, Global CEO of Randstad Holding NV, has been a frequent visitor to India over the past decade. Worldwide, Randstad finds permanent and temporary employment for an estimated 500,000 people every day. In India, it has around 60,000 employees on contract with various organisations, repo...


World – Legislation failing to keep pace with structural changes in the labour market

24 September 2013

The labour market is changing and we are facing an ongoing jobs crisis. Policy makers are focusing on trying to solve the economic and employment crisis, which is important, but we need to start looking at the fundamental structural changes in the job market.This is the view of Denis Pennel, Mana...


Indonesia – Failing to harness its management potential

24 September 2013

Indonesia is moving toward a USD 1 trillion economy, but the rapid economic growth and industrialisation has created a huge demand for high-quality human capital which the country is currently unable to meet, a regional recruitment firm has warned, reports the Jakarta Globe.Karen Cariss, chief ex...


India – Freelance work booming as rupee tumbles

23 September 2013

A number of entrepreneurs, students, and homemakers across India are actually benefiting from the depreciation of the rupee, having chosen careers as freelancers sourcing work from online staffing platforms. Elance.com claims Indians are among the top freelance service providers, second only to t...


Saudi Arabia – Spanish recruiter to open three offices

23 September 2013

Madrid-based recruitment firm Cátenon (CAM: SM) announced its expansion in the Middle East. As a result of work carried out in recent months, and after four years’ experience with offices in the United Arab Emirates, Cátenon has decided to enter the Saudi Arabian market.Establishing a presence in...