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Australia – Clients enforcing their diversity agenda

3 September 2013

Companies are increasingly requesting that recruitment agencies source more diverse candidates for selection. The pressure is mostly to find suitable women, but there have also been instructions for companies to provide a list of candidates with diverse ethnic backgrounds, according to BRW.com.au...


India – Demand rising for some specialised roles

3 September 2013

Even though large swathes of the job market remain subdued, against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating economic environment, a few roles are witnessing increasing demand, according to headhunters reporting to the Economic Times India.Management consultants, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) wi...


Japan – ‘Non-regular’ workers serving as family breadwinners

2 September 2013

There were approximately 12.5 million non-regular (temporary or fixed term contract) workers in Japan in 2010. Of those workers, an estimated 1.5 million served as the sole or primary breadwinner of their household earning less than JPY 3 million (USD 30,209) per annum, according to the Japanese...


Saudi Arabia – Gulf region still a Mecca for foreign workers despite Nitiqat

2 September 2013

Of all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Saudi Arabia is leading a trend for regulating local labour, according to a Dr Jasim Ali, a Bahraini MP writing for Gulf News. The implementation of the Nitaqat or ‘Saudi-sation’, which went into effect in early July, were designed to apply pressur...


Iraq – Recruitment of Bangladeshis formalised

2 September 2013

Dhaka and Baghdad have formalised an agreement on the resumption of recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower for post-war reconstruction activities in the war-torn country, reports the Financial Express Bangladesh. Iraqi Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nassar-Al-Rubaiee and Bangladesh Expatria...


Philippines – Job opportunities rising

2 September 2013

More job opportunities await Filipinos in the third quarter of the year, as more companies have expressed their intention to expand, especially in the trade and retail industry, a survey of Jobstreet.com showed.The online-recruitment company said for the July-to-September period, 62.7% of the res...


South Africa – BUSA responds to labour broking pessimism

30 August 2013

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has responded to comments made by employment law expert Jacques Van Wyk, as reported yesterday by Staffing Industry Analysts. In an interview with moneyweb.co.za, Mr Van Wyk predicted that the implementation of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill would spell the...


Saudi Arabia – Aegis Ltd. secures multi-million dollar contract

30 August 2013

India-based Aegis Limited, a global outsourcing and technology services company, announced its subsidiary, Contact Centre Company (CCC), has won a multi-million dollar contract with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to provide HR and business process outsourcing (BPO) services.The scope of the contract...


Philippines – Four recruitment agencies suspended following breaches

30 August 2013

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac ordered the preventive suspension of four recruitment agencies that recruited and deployed two female workers to Saudi Arabia. The women testified against officials of the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO...


Middle East – Entry level job market recovering

30 August 2013

The Gulf’s job market for entry level professionals and graduates is showing signs of recovery, although there is a widening skills gap, according to recruitment firms and specialists based in the region, reports the Al Arabiya English.Bobbi Hartshorne, head of education partnerships at Dubai-bas...