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Hong Kong – Business groups want more foreign workers

21 August 2013

One of Hong Kong’s most influential business groups is working on a proposal calling on the government to allow an influx of foreign workers; warning that it is the only way to solve the city’s labour shortage, according to the South China Morning Post.The General Chamber of Commerce reports that...


India – LinkedIn nipping at the heels Naukri

21 August 2013

In a continually difficult economic climate, Info Edge Ltd’s online job board Naukri.com is bracing itself for stiffer competition from social networking site LinkedIn, according to Cogencis.Ambarish Raghuvanshi, chief financial officer of Info Edge Ltd, commented: “We see a threat [from LinkedIn...


Chile – Temporary jobs up +25% and predicted to climb

20 August 2013

A +25% increase in temporary positions is being partly attributed to the introduction of maternity leave in Chile, according to Randstad. The introduction of the new legislation in October 2011, enabled new mothers to take six months maternity leave. While not the sole contributing factor, the ne...


Australia – Workpac buoyant despite mining sector slowdown

20 August 2013

Workpac, one of Australia’s largest recruitment firms, are reporting record sales as a result of providing a steady labour supply for mines, infrastructure works, and hospitals around the country, according to the Brisbane Business News.Phil Smart, managing director at Workpac, commented: “There...


Japan – Sony employees sent to ‘bored’ room

20 August 2013

Sony Japan is being lumbered with employees it no longer needs but is unable to make redundant, according to the Economic Times India. This unusual situation has prompted an unusual solution. Employees falling into this category are consigned to a room where they spend their days reading newspape...


India – Labour market stuck in quagmire

20 August 2013

India’s labour market has been stuck for 20 years, with 100% of job growth in the low-quality informal sector, according to Manish Sabharwal, co-founder and chairman of recruitment firm TeamLease Services. In an article for Forbes India, Mr Sabharwal outlined the five primary causes of India’s jo...


UAE – Q3 recruitment outlook positive

20 August 2013

In the next three months, 69% of those intending to recruit additional staff in the UAE plan to hire up to 10 employees, according to the latest Job Index survey carried out by Bayt.com, an online recruitment technology provider in the Middle East and North Africa, and YouGov a research and consu...


Hong Kong – Shortage of sales representatives, technicians, and engineers

20 August 2013

ManpowerGroup Hong Kong today released the results of its eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey. As the global talent shortage continues to intensify, 57% of employers in Hong Kong are experiencing difficulty finding staff with the right skills, an increase from 35% in 2012. Hong Kong employers re...


Australia – Tempo reports revenue growth in tough environment

19 August 2013

Recruitment firm Tempo Australia (TPP: ASX), specialising in recruitment in the mining, oil & gas, and construction sectors, reports increased revenue of AUD 6.9 million (USD 6.3 million) for the first half of 2013, compared with AUD 32,000 (USD 29,374) for the same period last year.Net loss...


Bahrain – Foreign worker fees halved

19 August 2013

Bahrain has halved the fees for foreign workers, giving a massive boost to small and medium enterprises, according to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA). The proposal to reduce the BHD 10 (USD19.78) levy on businesses was approved by the Cabinet, reported the Gulf Daily News.It agreed...