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Singapore – Employment growth slowest in six years

15 December 2015

Overall employment in Singapore grew the slowest in six years with overall unemployment remaining at 2%, according to the latest labour market report from Ministry of Manpower.

Unemployment grew to 3.1% for Singapore citizens in September.

Total employment grew by 12,600 in Q3 of 2015, down from an...


Australia – Hays top talent trends for 2016

15 December 2015

Hays has released a list of the top talent trends for 2016 with input from recruitment experts who have studied how technology influences the landscape of recruitment.

“Technology is not only driving how products are made and promoted but also how employees perform their jobs – it’s creating entire...


Australia – Ashley Services names new CEO

15 December 2015

Ashley Services Group Limited (ASX: ASH), the Australian labour hire, recruitment and training provider, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer, Stewart Cummins, who will transition to CEO effective February 2016.

Cummins will work with current CEO and Managing Director Ross Shrimpton,...


India – Staffing gaining traction among large companies

14 December 2015

According to the New Indian Express, temporary staffing, has been rising in prevalence among large Indian companies that otherwise did not hire the temps.

Earlier, it was only the multinational companies (MNCs) that hired temps, for the period of a project or a season. Now, Indian companies too have warmed...


Oman – Ministry of Manpower imposes new limits on recruitment agencies hiring expats

14 December 2015

The Ministry of Manpower has implemented a new rule that will no longer allow recruitment agencies to hire more than 10 expatriate workers on one permit.

The Times of Oman reports that the new rule is already in effect, however, recruitment agencies will be able to apply for permit renewal after the previous...


Kazakhstan – Fircroft agrees to a joint venture with Centrasia Group

14 December 2015

Fircroft, a UK-based engineering recruitment firm, has announced that it has agreed to a joint venture in Kazakhstan with Centrasia Group, a firm that provides services for the oil, gas and mining industries.

The agreement to form a joint venture was signed at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London...


Singapore – Minister of Manpower says labour force growth is on a decline

14 December 2015

During a speech at the Retail Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) Launch, Minister of Manpower, Lim Swee Say, said that labour force growth is on a downhill skid, slowing down from 2.7% per annum from the period of 2006 – 2010 to 1.7% per annum from 2010 to 2015.

According to the Singapore Business Review,...


Asia – Malaysia and Cambodia sign Memoranda of Understanding for recruitment of workers

14 December 2015

Malaysia and Cambodia today signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on the recruitment of workers and maids.

The two MoUs outline the process of recruitment, employment and repatriation in which recruitment will be managed systematically and workers' rights protected.

"Under the MoUs before Cambodians...


Global – Korn Ferry Hay Group 2016 Salary Forecast shows wages rising globally, highest growth in Asia

11 December 2015

The Korn Ferry Hay Group  2016 Salary Forecast revealed that workers worldwide will see real wage increases of 2.5% with the highest jump in salaries for Asian workers. The global salary rise is the highest in three years.

According to the report, salaries are forecast to increase in Asia by...


United Arab Emirates – Executive search firm expands to Dubai

11 December 2015

Russell Reynolds Associates, a UK-based executive search firm, has announced the opening of an office in Dubai, located at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

"Our firm was first in our industry to establish a Middle East Practice, and we remain unique with dedicated consultants...