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South Africa – Restrictions on staffing firms opposed

13 June 2013

The South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI) has warned that amendments to the labour bill, including changes to temporary employment services, could have a negative impact on the economy.The parliamentary labour portfolio committee met this week to discuss the labour bill, with t...


Australia – Unemployment eases to 5.5%

13 June 2013

The latest data by Australia’s Bureau of Statistics shows a slight drop in unemployment which eased to 5.5% from 5.6% in April. The unexpected fall of -0.1% equates to an additional 1,100 employees entering the workforce. The number of full-time jobs declined by 5,300 in May, but part-time employ...


Australia – Seek: Job ads drop

13 June 2013

The number of new jobs advertised online in May dropped by -3.2% in May from the previous month, according to the latest figures released by SEEK, a job site covering Australia and New Zealand.  The most significant drop has been recorded in Western Australia reflecting a decline of -6.5%. A...


Singapore – Robert Half: IT projects out of control

13 June 2013

Poor management and planning is causing the scope and cost of IT projects to get out of control, according to a survey by recruitment specialist Robert Half. This found that 76% of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in Singapore are concerned about scope creep...


South Africa – Union slams labour brokers

12 June 2013

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has rejected arguments that job seekers should defend labour brokers because they create jobs after local media reported on a potential ban of temporary employment services.The Free Market Foundation (FMF) and their political allies, the Democratic Allia...


World – Randstad: Experience trumps education for the young

12 June 2013

Randstad’s quarterly Workmonitor survey has revealed that most employees believe that experience trumps education when it comes to employment opportunities. This is most evident in China where 92% found this to be true, followed closely by the United Kingdom and India where 91% of employees from...


South Korea – Job growth slows

12 June 2013

According to the latest figures by Statistics Korea, employment figures rose by 265,000 or +1.1% in May, compared with a year ago. However, the proportion of working-age adults in employment dipped by -0.1% year-on-year to 60.4%.    Permanent employment figures recorded a +6% increase i...


India – Pharma and IT drive recruitment levels

12 June 2013

Hiring activities in India jumped by +10% in May when compared to a year ago, according to the latest job index by jobsite Naukri. But month-on-month, the index registered a decline of -4%.Hiring levels were high in Delhi which posted a +26% increase while Mumbai has declined by -10% in May. Last...


World – Hudson: Employers recruit cheaper candidates

12 June 2013

According to research by Hudson RPO, firms are often recruiting the cheaper and more average candidates rather than those who arehigh performing and most suitable. Difficulty measuring quality of hires is reported as the main barrier to recruiting the best applicant, with cost and time also liste...


World – ManpowerGroup: Global employment uncertainty continues

11 June 2013

ManpowerGroup has today released the results of its global employment outlook survey for Q3 2013, providing little evidence that global hiring plans are improving by any notable degree into the second half of the year.The survey, which polled more than 65,000 hiring managers across 42 countries,...