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South Africa – Adcorp/Kelly Group merger prompts mixed reactions

25 September 2014

The proposed acquisition of South African staffing firm Kelly Group (KEL: SJ) by rival Adcorp Holdings (ADR: JNB) could be an opportunity for small players in the sector, but others are worried that the merger of the two biggest players could distort competition, reports bdlive.co.za.

Kelly Group is not...

World – Hays: Global labour markets still experiencing high levels of stress

25 September 2014

“The global talent crisis is continuing to worsen. Across the globe we are seeing organisations fighting to find employees with the necessary skills and training,” said Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of recruitment firm Hays.

Mr Cox’s comments are included in the Hays Global Skills Index 2014, which...

Kenya – New law to regulate recruitment agencies announced

25 September 2014

Kenya’s National Assembly will introduce a new law to support Kenyan nationals seeking employment in the Middle East, and in other parts of the world, by November, according to Aden Duale, Majority Leader of the National Assembly, reports The Star.

Speaking in the capital city of Nairobi during the...

Korea – Foreign worker recruitment programme subject to abuse

25 September 2014

A Korean state-run programme to help small- and medium-sized companies hire foreign workers has been found to have many loopholes and been subject to abuse, reports The Korea Times.

According to Hong Ik-pyo, a member of the main opposition party, New Politics Alliance for Democracy, the programme has...

Malaysia – Companies want to cut out recruitment middle-men

24 September 2014

As Malaysia comes under fire for worker abuse by a global labour rights group, industrial firms in the state of Penang want to be able to hire foreign workers directly in order to avoid problems caused by agencies who allegedly take advantage of, and profit from, workers, reports The Malaysian Insider...

India – Contract workers protest, demand more money and better conditions

24 September 2014

Contract workers at an electricity provider in Mangalore, located 350 kilometres west of Bangalore, protested yesterday demanding a minimum monthly wage of INR 15,000 (USD 246) in order to keep pace with the rising cost of living, reports The Hindu.

The contract workers, who gathered outside the Mangalore...

UAE – Strong growth in contract staffing

24 September 2014

The hosting of various events in Dubai, including technology, real estate, and hotel exhibitions, has led to an upswing in the use of contract workers, reports emirates247.com. Companies in the UAE are also looking to hire staff to manage projects and keep up with seasonal spikes in demand.


Australia – More companies looking to hire, than fire

24 September 2014

More Australian employers are looking to hire, rather than fire, for the remainder of the year, according to a survey from recruitment firm Hudson Global, reports au.news.yahoo.com.

A survey of almost 4,000 Australian employers revealed that hiring intentions were at an 18-month high, with one-in-four...

Lebanon – Contract worker protest gets bloody

23 September 2014

An ongoing dispute between contract workers and Beirut-based state-run electricity company Electricite du Liban (EDL) remains unresolved, with two contract workers threatening to commit suicide during a recent protest, reports The Daily Star.

After years working on temporary contracts with no social security,...

Australia – Reclaim Industries to acquire Skills Connect

23 September 2014

Australia rubber recycling and manufacturing company Reclaim Industries announced that it will raise AUD 2 million (USD 1.8 million) to provide funding for its proposed AUD 3.8 million (USD 3.4 million) takeover of cloud-based recruitment business Skills Connect, reports Business News.

The company...