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Around the web – “Wicked” South African labour law

19 February 2013

South Africa’s labour laws are “wicked” and “immoral”, according to a news report in Business Day. There have been numerous calls by unions to improve working conditions, raise pay and cut back on the use of “precarious” and insecure labour. The paper writes: “Our labour laws are immoral and...


Australia – Government announces major job plan

18 February 2013

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday announced a AUD 1 billion jobs plan ahead of the national election this year.  A move aimed at winning her support from the country’s blue collar workers.The job package was announced in Melbourne on Sunday. Large projects, for instance in th...


China – Graduates face difficult job market

18 February 2013

A recent survey shows that graduates in China may have more difficulties finding suitable jobs this year. This is according to research by my China Occupational Skills (MyCOS), a higher education consulting and outcome evaluation facility in China.The survey, carried out between the last two mont...


Australia – Public sector cuts 50,000 jobs

18 February 2013

New research by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) shows that the number of public sector jobs in the country has fallen for the first time in over a decade after public services cuts last year, which involved letting go tens of thousands of workers.The union said today that over 50,00...


Around the web – 900,000 workers risk losing jobs in Indonesia

18 February 2013

Indonesia’s Industry Minister warned last week that the country could be hit by massive job losses this year if a recent rise in the minimum regional wage for labour-intensive industries will not be postponed, Asia One reports.The job cuts would mainly impact those in the food and beverage, tobac...


Japan - Fullcast net revenues up

15 February 2013

Fullcast Holdings Co Ltd (4848:TYO), the Tokyo based listed staffing firm, which comes 56th in Staffing Industry Analysts ranking of listed staffing firms by market cap, released its annual results today. Net sales were up 8% from Yen 34.32 billion ($367 million) in 2011 compared to Yen 36.9 bill...


Thailand – New Joint Venture between Toyota and Pasona

15 February 2013

Toyota has announced a joint venture between the Pasona Group (listed 3rd in our list of the largest staffing firms in Japan) to be based in Bangkok.Under the joint venture, Pasona will supply local dispatch staff to fill clerical and technical jobs for local car parts manufacturers. The Joint Ve...


India – A positive hiring season

15 February 2013

A fresh hiring season has begun, but so far those passing out of leading management and engineering institutes have had little reason to worry. The prolonged slowdown has not, overall, curbed employers' enthusiasm for campus recruitment nor reduced starting salaries, shows human resource (HR) fir...


India – Skilled workers in demand, hiring improves

14 February 2013

2013 has started with good news for job seekers in India as January saw the largest improvement in hiring activity during the last 12 months, according to a job index by local job site Naukri.com.Index points increased by +10% last month with job growth seen in a number of key sectors, including...


South Africa – Too many jobs “casualised”

14 February 2013

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is to give his annual state of the nation address today when parliament opens in Cape Town. The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), which is opposed to labour brokering – the use of staffing companies – expects the president to focus on “decent” job creation...