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Malaysia – Professional staffing association being established

29 November 2013

Earlier this month, Steve Shepherd, a Ciett board member and regional representative for South Asia, and Junya Suzuki, of the Ciett South-Asia taskforce, met with representatives of various Malaysian staffing agencies for a capacity building workshop. During this workshop, the firs...


South Africa – Kelly Group’s full year revenue falls but company returns to profit

28 November 2013

Staffing firm Kelly Group (KEL: JNB) yesterday reported revenue for the year ending 30 September 2013, dropping by -1.4% to ZAR 1.42 billion (USD 139.6 million) from ZAR 1.44 billion (USD 141.5 million) in 2012. Gross profit for the year fell by -3.8% to ZAR 297.2 million (USD 29.2 million) from...


Australia – Increased job ads could lead to SEEK upgrading full year forecast

28 November 2013

Australian job board SEEK Ltd (SEK: ASX) reported a slight increase in the number of online job advertisements in the past few months, which could see it deliver a stronger than expected earnings result this financial year, reports sbs.com.au.SEEK had been experiencing a flat to gentle decline in...


Singapore – Major staffing firms banned from hiring foreigners for six months

28 November 2013

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has taken action against firms posting discriminatory job advertisements by banning 15 companies, including 11 recruitment companies, from hiring foreign workers for six months. In addition to the ban, the companies have been instructed by the MoM to publish apologi...


Philippines – Recruitment agencies to help typhoon survivors

28 November 2013

Two recruitment agencies will help at least 500 victims of Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, find work abroad free of charge announced the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), reports gmanetwork.com.Filipino recruitment firm International Skills Development (ISD) has pledge...


Dubai – Ministry of Labour warns it will strictly enforce labour laws

28 November 2013

Two companies have each been fined AED 2.5 million (USD 680,515) for the illegal recruitment of workers, prompting the Ministry of  Labour (MoL) to announce that it will strictly enforce the country’s labour laws, reports the Khaleej Times.Director of the Inspection Department at the MoL’s o...


China – Another U.S. firm investigated for questionable recruitment practices

27 November 2013

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the recruitment practices of global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, as they expand their investigation into whether the recruitment of politically connected Chinese employees has breached U.S. bribery laws, reports Reuters. An unidentified...


South Africa – NES Global Talent opens new office in Cape Town

27 November 2013

Manchester-based technical recruiter, NES Global Talent, has opened a new office in Cape Town to cater for demand in South East Africa, reports bdaily.co.uk. The office will act as NES Global Talent’s regional hub for business activity across South East Africa with company registrations in Mozamb...


Australia – Highly skilled workers exempt from labour market testing

27 November 2013

Australia's Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, has announced that employers recruiting for highly skilled occupations will be exempt from the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement, reports workpermit.com.As a result those employers will not need to...


Australia – High labour costs hurting businesses

27 November 2013

A survey of Australian businesses by Randstad showed the 25% of the nation’s business leaders are worried about productivity levels; compared with 17% in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and 19% in India, reports afr.com.Productivity gains in Australia are a problem, according to Michael Roddy...