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South Africa – Union bitterly disappointed about change to temporary staffing law

21 June 2013

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has expressed its “bitter disappointment” over a parliamentary vote this week which will require employers to treat temporary, fixed-contract and part-time workers on an equal basis after three months.The union has called for a complete ban on l...


Brazil – Unemployment remains flat

21 June 2013

As protests continue across Brazil’s major cities, the government will find some relief from stable employment figures released yesterday. Unemployment in Brazil stayed flat in May as the job market remained relatively robust, according to the latest statistics by the Brazilian Institute of Geogr...


Australia – Mining skills demand remains strong

21 June 2013

Demand for skilled workers across key occupations and emerging resource markets remains strong despite a small dip in Australia's total mining employment numbers, as released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in its quarterly labour force figures.The resource industry's owned-and-operated ca...


Australia – Seek invests in African business

21 June 2013

Australia-based online recruitment firm Seek Limited (SEK:ASX) has invested USD 20 million for a 25% stake in One Africa Media (OAM), which owns and invests in a portfolio of leading online marketplaces, including for jobs, cars, real estate and travel.Jason Lenga, managing director of Seek Inter...


Malaysia – Joblessness drops to 3.1%

21 June 2013

The latest labour force statistics today show that unemployment in Malaysia dropped to a seasonally adjusted 3.1% in April from 3.3% in March. But compared to a year ago, joblessness has increased from 3% in April 2012.Data released by the Department of Statistics showed there were around 403,600...


World – Boyden: Increased executive demand steadied by CEO optimism

20 June 2013

Sustained CEO confidence due to stabilising global economies and growing digitalisation and e-commerce have resulted in an increase in talent acquisition in key sectors, according to the latest edition of the quarterly Boyden Executive Outlook.“CEOs and decision makers have only recently gained e...


India – Fake recruiters con engineering students

20 June 2013

Six people were arrested in the state of Kerala after posing as a recruitment agency and conning over 500 engineering students out of hundreds of thousands of rupees. The group targeted students in cities across India.The group exploited the poor employment prospects of engineering students. It i...


Middle East – IT professionals in short supply

20 June 2013

62% of Middle East companies intend to recruit more IT staff during 2013, compared with the global average of 39%, according to research by CompTIA. A gap in the regional skilled labour market is making it challenging to find suitable candidates.CompTIA described the Middle East as having a posit...


Australia – Skilled migrants unsettling IT workers

20 June 2013

Recruitment firm Greythorn reports that 36% of IT workers in Australia feel threatened by the number of skilled overseas workers entering the country. 27% of respondents had lost a job due to outsourcing and 20% feared their current job would be outsourced.43% of respondents have been in their cu...


India – Online job referral trending

20 June 2013

Online job portal Shine.com has launched a social media referral service aimed at helping job seekers find work. The service links to the user’s Facebook account identifying friends working in companies with suitable vacancies. The friend is asked to support the user’s application by referring th...