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Malaysia – Labour-intensive industries to be phased out

6 March 2013

Malaysia wants to cut back on its reliance of foreign workers by phasing out labour-intensive industries. The country’s trade and industry minister said that the number of overseas workers had to be manageable.The minister, Mustapa Mohamed, said: “We are moving up the value chain. Malaysia is not...


Singapore – New regulations drive demand for finance professionals

5 March 2013

New regulations in Singapore are causing “unprecedented” demand for compliance experts, new research by recruiter Robert Half shows today.  While the salaries of some roles have remained static, credit risk, compliance and risk management professionals can command healthy increases in their...


Australia – The six best jobs in the world, apply today

5 March 2013

Applications have today opened for the “six best jobs in the world” in a global campaign targeted at young workers and led by Tourism Australia. Each job comes with an attractive six-month salary package worth AUD 100,000.The jobs include chief funster in New South Wales, outback adventurer in th...


South Africa – Dualised labour market needs reforms

5 March 2013

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has urged South Africa to step up efforts and foster strong economic growth that will spur job growth. Priorities should include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms. “So...


Around the web – 5 million jobs shed in India

5 March 2013

India lost 5 million jobs during 2005 and 2010, particularly in the manufacturing sector, India Today writes. This is mainly due to stagnation in the industry’s GDP growth rate with many other emerging countries outperforming India.Chief economist at the analytical company CRISIL, D.K. Joshi, sai...


Australia – Hiring “stabilises” as job ads rise

4 March 2013

The number of jobs advertised across Australia reached a five-month high last month, but analysts expect the unemployment rate to keep on rising. According to the latest ANZ Job Advertisements Series, job ads rose by a monthly rate of +3% in February, the highest since October 2012. This, the sur...


Malaysia – JobStreet plans to stay in Asia

4 March 2013

Online recruitment firm JobStreet Corporation Bhd. (JOBST:KLS) is set for regional growth after the firm last month reported a +7% jump in fourth-quarter revenue. The company recently expanded into the Vietnamese market to strengthen its position in South East Asia.JobStreet CFO, Greg Poarch, rem...


Japan – Firms prefer regional experience, says Robert Walters

4 March 2013

Companies in Japan are demanding more regional experience from prospective jobseekers as firms shift support functions to other Asian countries, new research from Robert Walters has found. This suggests that companies are increasingly streamlining middle and back-office job functions and move job...


Around the web – Gender inequalities ripe at the workplace

4 March 2013

Do employers fail women in Japan, the world’s third largest economy? The Japan Times reports that gender inequalities are common place in Japan, particularly regarding work opportunities and pay.Women make up 70% of the country’s part-time or non-permanent workforce and often receive less pay tha...


India – Info Edge boosts recruitment business with acquisition

1 March 2013

Info Edge India Ltd (NAUKRI:NSI), the company behind major Indian job site Naukri.com, has acquired MakeSense Technologies Private limited for USD 1.5 million (INR 80 million), the internet firm announced on Friday.“The company has acquired MakeSense Technologies Private limited for about Rs. 80...