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Taiwan – Government under fire for using leased employees

3 October 2013

Following criticism of the increasing number of leased employees in various government departments, which is said to be to blame for the stagnation of wages. The Directorate-General of Personnel Administration Minister Frank Huang yesterday said he would address the issue, reports the Taipei Time...


Australia – OneShift announces partnership with Programmed

3 October 2013

OneShift, an online recruitment platform for shift and short-term work, has announced an equity partnership with staffing and facility management company Programmed, according to startupssmart.com.au.In exchange for a 27.5% equity stake, OneShift will receive AUD 5 million (USD 4.7 million) and a...


Nepal – Overseas workers exploitation begins at home

3 October 2013

The migrant labourers' journey from Nepal to exploitation and even forced labour in Qatar usually begins with the recruiting agents at home, who promise lucrative jobs abroad but often fail to deliver, reports The Guardian.Limited understanding of English means that workers across Nepal are often...


New Zealand – Filipino workers drowning in debt

3 October 2013

Filipino workers on the Christchurch rebuild are being forced to pay thousands of dollars to overseas loan sharks for the right to work in New Zealand, as part of a larger recruitment industry that some are labelling ethically dubious, reports tvnz.co.nz.Most recruitment agencies in the Philippin...


Australia – Work/life balance trumps promotion

3 October 2013

Australians are more concerned about achieving a healthy work/life balance and having an interesting job than climbing the corporate ladder, with the nation having some of the least aspirational workers in the world, reports theaustralian.com.au.Only 8% of Australians are strongly focused on prom...


New Zealand – AWF Group acquires white collar staffing firm

2 October 2013

New Zealand-based blue-collar temporary staffing provider AWF Group (AWF: NZSX ) has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Maddison Recruitment Ltd and Madison Force Ltd, known collectively as the Madison Group.AWF Group will acquire the Madison Group for a maximum purchase price...


Singapore – Employment policy to exacerbate talent struggle

2 October 2013

Singapore’s latest employment measure promises to aggravate the already intense talent war, according to campaignasia.com. The new policy, which is scheduled to take effect next August, requires companies in Singapore to try to source employment candidates in Singapore before looking to recruit f...


Australia – Broker slams inadequate recruitment firms

2 October 2013

A Western Australian insurance broker has spoken of his frustration at recruitment agencies charging thousands of dollars to fill high-salary positions in the insurance industry with drastically under experienced applicants, reports insurancebusinessonline.com.au.Central Insurance Brokers over th...


Australia – Job seeker demands to view recruitment agency files

2 October 2013

Despite a solid CV that is currently on-file with a slew of recruiters, Adam Ezekiel, a former chief technology officer for an online shopping start-up is unable to find a job, reports theage.com.au. With more than 17 years of high-tech experience, Mr Ezekiel has founded two software ventures, be...


Asia Pacific – Pontoon appoints President

2 October 2013

Workforce solutions company Pontoon (part of Adecco) have announced the appointment of Rishi Kapoor as President of their APAC division. Mr Rishi will be responsible for driving sales and operational delivery for Pontoon across India, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australasia, and the broad...