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Australia – Job ads slip for 11th month

5 February 2013

Job ads in Australia have fallen for the 11th consecutive month, according to the latest monthly figures provided by banking group ANZ. This found that the number of job ads were down -0.9% in January.The result follows particularly large falls in job advertising towards the end of 2012 with the...


China – Graduate wins gender discrimination case

5 February 2013

A female graduate in China has won a landmark gender discrimination case after a company had placed a discriminatory job advertisement for a sales position. The 25-year old, who wished to remain anonymous, won the settlement and was awarded CNY 601 (approximately  USD 97).She had applied for...


Asia – StravCorp signs strategic partnership

5 February 2013

Strategy consulting firm StravCorp this week signed a strategic partnership agreement with Sheffield Executive to provide executive search and recruitment services to its clients in Asia. StravCorp provides market entry services to international companies looking to do business in Asia.Sheffield...


Quote of the day – Stop cowboy recruiters

5 February 2013

“The recruitment industry is worth USD 400 billion dollars a year globally and annual pay packets can reach AUD 400,000-plus, so it’s of no surprise the sector attracts so-called cowboys. There are no qualifications needed to become a recruiter, often little to no training available and no regula...


China – Amendments to dispatch law criticised

4 February 2013

China has recently announced that it will change its labour law to close loopholes when companies hire workers through staffing companies or labour agents. But the amendments, which are due to come into force on 1 July, have since come under criticism.Legal expert Zhou Bho of Chinese law firm Fan...


Australia – Rubicor announces new management

4 February 2013

One of Australia’s largest staffing firms, Rubicor (ASX:RUB), today announced a reorganisation as part of its ongoing strategic review of the Group. This will bring major changes to the firm’s management structure.Sue Turk has been promoted from general manager of operations to the new role of ch...


Japan – Manufacturing jobs reach low

4 February 2013

In December 2012, job opportunities in Japan's once flourishing manufacturing sector dropped below 10 million for the first time in over 50 years. Official data shows that the number of workers in industry jobs fell to 9.98 million in the month, the lowest since 1961.The news come at a time when...


Australia – Temporary migrant workers increase job market competition

4 February 2013

Immigrants in Australia are increasing competition in the job market as new research claims that since 2011, the number of jobs created in Australia was equalled by the number of new migrants who found employment.The report by Monash University looked at the impact of immigration on the Australia...


Malaysia – Foreign workers to pay for hiring costs

1 February 2013

The Malaysian government has announced that foreign workers will have to pay for their own hiring costs which were formerly paid by the employer. The move has been criticised by unions as discriminating against the country’s vast foreign workforce.The levy payment will have to be made by migrant...


Australia – ICT recruiter HiTech hit by “tough job market”

1 February 2013

Australian ICT staffing company HiTech Personnel (HIT:ASX) today reported a -7% decline in revenues for the six months to December 2012 amid a “tough job market”. Revenue fell to AU$4.2 million while gross profit fell -15% to AU$0.9 million.The firm saw net profit decrease to AU$0.14 million, com...