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Japan – Randstad announces best employer shortlist

18 December 2014

International recruitment firm Randstad today announced the 20 companies shortlisted for the Randstad Award 2015, which recognises the most attractive companies to work for in Japan.

The competition, which is run regionally, is the largest compilation of employer branding research in the world. The trophy...

Australia – Big differences in hiring outlook from Hudson and ManpowerGroup

17 December 2014

Hudson Global recently published its quarterly report forecasting a sizeable jump of +18.7% in (Permanent) Net Hiring Intentions across Australia in Q1 2015. A day later ManpowerGroup released their Employment Outlook Survey with a far more muted conclusion for the region with growth of +8% in their...

Singapore – Guidelines issued advising employers to provide employment terms in writing

17 December 2014

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower in conjunction with the Labour Movement; comprising the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), announced that they have developed a set of guidelines to advise employers on issuing key employment terms in writing,...

Malaysia – Illegal foreign workers must leave by January and observe cooling-off period

17 December 2014

More than 500,000 foreign workers, who have been temporarily legalised, must return to their home countries next month and observe a compulsory six-month cooling-off period before they can return to Malaysia, reports the New Straits Times Online

The 6P programme, implemented in August 2011 by the...

New Zealand – Job market for skilled workers improving

17 December 2014

The outlook for skilled workers is brighter across most business sectors and across most of New Zealand, especially the south of the South Island, Bay of Plenty, and Auckland, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), reports stuff.co.nz

Advertised vacancies for...

Chile – Mercer acquires compensation specialist

16 December 2014

Global consulting firm Mercer announced yesterday that it has acquired Denarius, a Santiago-based company that, among other things, produces research on corporate compensation and employee benefits in both Chile and Peru.

Denarius was founded by Chilean executive search firm Seminarium Penrhyn.

The terms...

Malaysia – Academics call for amendments to Employment Act

16 December 2014

Malaysia’s National Professors Council (MPN) today proposed that the federal government amend the Employment (Amended) Act 2012 to cover the rights of foreign workers, as they are an important driver to the nation’s economy, reports The Malay Mail Online

The council’s Deputy Secretary-General,...

Australia – Strong seasonal growth in temporary transport logistics and supply chain jobs

16 December 2014

The Transport Logistics and Supply Chain job market enjoyed another strong performance in November with the Labourforce Impex Job Index rising by +0.7% to 119.62. In the past twelve months demand has risen by nearly +20%; well above the national average which was closer to +15%.

This month’s rise was...

Japan – Recruiters turning to ASEAN countries for graduates

16 December 2014

Japanese recruitment companies are reaching out to other Asian countries to help domestic clients hire new college graduates for their regional expansion plans, reports nikkei.com

As Japanese companies delve deeper into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), their need for local...

Japan – Labour reforms likely following Prime Minister’s re-election

15 December 2014

With the lowest voter turn-out since the Second World War, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected following his decision to call a snap election last month. Mr Abe’s Liberal Democrat Party, along with its junior coalition partner, Komeito, won a comfortable majority, capturing 326 of 475...