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Saudi Arabia – Labour Ministry softening the blow of labour market reforms

5 September 2014

Saudi Arabia is changing tack in its labour reforms, softening the blow to companies with money for subsidies and training, while trying to lure Saudis to the private sector with more attractive working conditions, reports Reuters.

Authorities launched labour reforms in 2011 after the Arab...

Argentina – Salaries in the South outstripping the North

5 September 2014

Private sector workers in Argentina’s central Patagonian region earn more than their counterparts in Buenos Aires City, while employees in northern Argentina are the lowest paid across Argentina, according to the Salary Guide 2014 report from Adecco, reports The Buenos Aires Herald.

Of the 465 companies...

Australia – When window cleaners become transparent wall maintenance engineers

5 September 2014

In today’s society, the more incomprehensible a job title, the more important a person is perceived to be. However, the increasing use of trumped-up job titles is causing confusion for jobseekers and presenting job advertisements in an unprofessional light, reports The Advertiser.

According to Australian...

Philippines – Suspension order issued against recruitment firm

5 September 2014

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has temporarily shut down a recruitment agency for alleged violations in the deployment of eight overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to New Zealand, reports mb.com.ph.

In the complaint letter, which was validated by the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand,...

India – Online recruitment market continues to report growth

4 September 2014

Online recruitment across India increased by +25% during August, compared with the same month last year, on par with the year-on-year growth reported in July, according to the Monster Employment Index.

The employment index for August 2014 was 153 points, down from 154 points last month, but an increase...

India – Recruitment start-up secures funding

4 September 2014

Indian recruitment start-up, myNoticePeriod.com, announced that it has raised around INR 20 million (USD 330,150) in seed funding from technology venture capital fund IDG Ventures India, reports vccircle.com.

The company said it will use the funds to strengthen its team, scale up revenues, and invest...

Singapore – Labour market policies endangering country’s economic competitiveness

4 September 2014

Singapore has maintained its status as the world’s second-most competitive economy, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), reports HRM Asia. However, economists have warned that Singapore’s status could be threatened by continued tightening of the country’s labour policies. 

For the fourth...

Australia – Opus Recruitment Solutions opens first overseas office

4 September 2014

UK-based oil & gas and IT recruitment company Opus Recruitment Solutions announced that it will open its first overseas office in Sydney, Australia. The new office will be operational from 15 September 2014.

The company recently announced that it is on course to achieve record turnover of £23 million...

Malaysia – English language proficiency is the key to greater employability

4 September 2014

Ensuring university students in Malaysia have good command of the English language will improve employment opportunities for graduates and lower the nation’s unemployment, according to the Malaysian Employers Federation, reports malaysiandigest.com.

Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, Executive Director of the...

Australia – Administrator recommends winding up beleaguered Bluestone

3 September 2014

The administrator has recommended that failed Australian recruitment company, Bluestone Global, be wound up. Bluestone traded unprofitably for several years with the downturn in the resources sector, coupled with the softness in the broader economy, weighing on its prospects, reports The Age...