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Around the web – Brazilian orange producers fined for outsourcing practices

27 March 2013

Some of the largest orange juice producers in Brazil have been ordered to pay BRL 455 million (USD 226 million) by a judge for illegal labour practices. The court ordered the firms to put an end to outsourcing orange pickers, the New Age writes today. It said the companies should formally registe...


Japan – Temp Holdings buys rival in USD716m deal

26 March 2013

Japanese recruiter Temp Holdings will acquire all outstanding shares of local rival Intelligence Holdings from US investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) in a deal worth JPY 68.0 billion (USD 716 million). KKR originally paid JPY 35 billion (USD 370 million) to buy Intelligence in 2010, wit...


South Africa – Adcorp brings in new USD56m black empowerment deal

26 March 2013

South Africa’s largest staffing firm, Adcorp (ADR:JNB), said on Monday it would introduce a new 10-year broad-based black economic empowerment (BBE) deal worth ZAR 521 million (USD 56 million) after its previous one no longer benefitted appropriate stakeholders.South African companies are require...


Australia – ICT contractors enjoy safer workplaces

26 March 2013

Workplaces for ICT workers are safer than ever, according to new research by Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA), the association for ICT contract and recruitment companies in Australia and New Zealand.ITCRA introduced its iSafe Program which achieved over 400 asse...


Japan – Contract work suffers from bad image, finds Hays

26 March 2013

Japanese employees still consider contract work to be less attractive than permanent employment with the industry suffering from a bad image, according to a survey by Hays. This found that 72% of respondents deemed contract work to be less appealing. Only 15% said its appeal had risen in recent y...


Singapore – Court makes first charge against employer breaching recruitment rules

25 March 2013

A court in Singapore charged an employer for engaging with an unlicensed agent last week. This is the first time an employer was prosecuted successfully since amendments to the employment agencies act came into force in April 2011, the Ministry of Manpower reports.The court charged 23-year-old In...


Asia – Hong Kong top city for talent, Mainland China outlook worsens

25 March 2013

Hong Kong has overtaken Shanghai in attracting most of the professional talent in Asia, a new survey of over 5,000 employees by recruitment specialist MRIC found. But the research shows that over a third of professionals in Hong Kong intend to leave the city for other metropolises such as Singapo...


India – Job growth expected, says Kelly Services

25 March 2013

Employers in India can expect higher rates of job growth by the end of the year as multinationals are likely to resume their expansion activities by then, according to senior vice president of Kelly Services, Pamela Berklich.“India, China and Latin America are high-growth geographies and therefor...


Asia – Recruit sheds light on graduate jobs

25 March 2013

A new survey by Japanese staffing firm Recruit Holdings has looked into the employment situation for university graduates in their 20s and 30s in Asia. Comparable data has so far not been available, Recruit said.“Until now, there has been no data available which makes comparisons possible, so tha...


Hong Kong – IT departments to hire more interims

25 March 2013

Eight in ten (82%) IT heads in Hong Kong are worried about the so-called scope creep in their companies, a survey of chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) in Hong Kong has found. Many plan to hire additional interim or permanent staff to deal with the increased wo...