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Around the web – Picky employers make do with temporary workers

28 February 2013

Australian employers are reluctant to hire people who have moved around jobs too often with many companies demanding specific core skills when recruiting, according to the latest outlook report by Hays.This also found that when firms have difficulties hiring permanent staff, temporary recruits ar...


Japan – Pasona partners with Salesforce.com

27 February 2013

Japanese staffing company Pasona Group Inc. (2168:TYO) will partner with US software firm Salesforce.com Inc. to help small and medium-sized businesses incorporate cloud computing systems.It has also been announced that Salesforce.com will acquire a stake in a Pasona subsidiary, Pasona Tquila Inc...


Australia – Tougher visa rules may change labour hire arrangements

27 February 2013

Australia’s immigration minister Brendan O'Connor has announced plans to tighten the use of temporary skilled worker visas, known as 457 visas. He argued that the scheme was being abused by some employers and reforms are therefore needed.This includes restricting labour hire arrangements. Innes W...


Hong Kong – Job hunting becomes mobile

27 February 2013

Job seekers in Hong Kong are constantly on the lookout for new opportunities and prove to take advantage of a rapidly growing mobile market, according to local job board jobsDB. A survey found that 88% of job seekers in Hong Kong use job websites for job hunting. An additional 41% of mobile site...


Australia – Hiring to rise in ICT industry

27 February 2013

Despite the information and communication technology (ICT) industry suffering from declining vacancies over the past quarter, business confidence remained high in the fourth quarter. This is according to a new survey by ITCRA, the association for ICT contract and recruitment companies in Australi...


China – No job market slowdown expected, says Kelly Services

26 February 2013

No major slowdown is expected for the Chinese job market this year, according to the latest Kelly Services 2013 Salary Guide which outlines salary trends in key industries and functions across the Greater China.The survey, which offers insights into sectors such as accounting, banking, HR and IT,...


Singapore – Government tightens foreign worker policies

26 February 2013

Singapore's government yesterday announced plans to cut the number of low-skilled foreign workers that companies can employ. The move aims to reduce the city-state's dependence on overseas labour.Tighter controls on foreign worker policies include more levies on firms that employ low-skilled fore...


Middle East & North Africa – Hiring prospects improve

26 February 2013

30% of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) employers are ‘definitely hiring’ in the next three months, a new survey has found. This showed that optimism has risen across a number of countries with firms expecting improved economic conditions.The latest Middle East and North Africa Job Index surve...


Australia – Job creation slows

26 February 2013

Last month, the number of advertised online jobs in Australia fell a seasonally adjusted -22% when compared to a year ago. This is according to the latest internet vacancy index by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.In January, the strongest decline in jobs...


Australia – Engineers and ICT staff in short supply

25 February 2013

Australian businesses will need a sharp focus on retaining top talent or risk missing growth opportunities amidst signs of a recovering economy, according to new research by Australian recruiter Clarius.This showed major challenges for businesses which face a shortage of 9,700 professionals acros...