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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...

Thailand – Labour Ministry mulls introduction of temporary border passes to migrants

3 September 2014

The Thai Labour Ministry is considering granting temporary border passes to migrants to work in five provinces declared as special economic zones, reports Legal Monitor Worldwide.

Jirasak Sukhonthachat, Permanent Secretary for Labour, advised that nationals from Malaysia, Laos,...

Japan – How women can save the economy

3 September 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has said he’d like to appoint six women to his new 18-strong cabinet, up from the current two, in a nod to his plan to see women account for 30% of corporate managers by 2020. In 2013 women accounted for only 7.5% of corporate managers, reports The Telegraph.


New Zealand – A nation of lazy jobseekers?

3 September 2014

With almost half of all workers open to new jobs but not actively looking, new research from recruitment firm Hays suggests that New Zealand has become a nation of lazy jobseekers, reports The New Zealand Herald.

Rather than actively applying for new jobs, New Zealanders are opting simply to update their...

China – Jobs for life less popular following employee benefit cuts

2 September 2014

Public service jobs, formerly considered an ‘iron rice bowl’ or a guaranteed job for life, have become less popular following the government’s cut down on the benefits associated with the positions, reports wantchinatimes.com.

Until recently public positions were considered top jobs in China, offering...