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Around the Web – Brazil breaks another labour record

1 February 2013

Brazil saw a record-low of unemployment at the end of 2012 as more companies retained workers and wages overall increased. The jobless rate in 2012 fell to 5.5%, down from 6.0% a year ago, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.Read the whole article here.

India – Recruiters remain cautious

31 January 2013

Hiring sentiments in India have declined with recruiters looking into the future with more caution, according to the latest job outlook survey by job site Naukri.com. This found a decline in the number of recruiters expecting an increase in jobs.In January, 68% of respondents anticipated that new...

Australia – Internet vacancies down -25%

31 January 2013

The number of advertised online jobs fell a seasonally adjusted -24.8% in December 2012 when compared to a year ago. This is according to the new internet vacancy index by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.The number of job ads has fallen across all occupa...

New Zealand – Kelly Services victim of job scam

31 January 2013

An international recruitment firm has become tangled up in a job scam which offers fake jobs to foreign students from Singapore. New Zealand’s immigration office has warned students about the false employment offers.After reports emerged that mainly Indian students from Singapore were charged up...

Singapore – Labour policies unattractive to businesses

31 January 2013

According to a new survey by Bloomberg, Singapore has emerged as the eighth best country in the world for business in 2013. But its regional rival, Hong Kong, has maintained its top ranking for the second year, while the United States and Japan came in second and third place.The survey looked at...

Australia – Bluestone Reports Healthy Cash Flow

30 January 2013

Australia-based staffing company Bluestone Global announced on Wednesday that cash receipts in the three months to December 2012 rose to AU$92.6 million (approximately USD 97 million) from AU$90.0 million (approximately USD 94 million) a year ago, an increase of +3% .Cash receipts represent total...

Fiji – Staffing Market Adopts Regulation, Says Ciett

30 January 2013

Fiji has adopted an important convention in January to help regulate the staffing market. The republic in the South Pacific adopted the ILO convention 181 on 21 January, the international confederation of private employment agencies, Ciett, announced on Tuesday.This is the third ratification in r...

China – Monster Sold Off Subsidiary in Trouble

30 January 2013

Local media reports that employees at recruitment site ChinaHR have gone on strike last night over proposed mass lay-offs. The firm has allegedly been sold off by Monster Worldwide to an Ireland-based company for $30 million although this has not yet been confirmed.ChinaHR is to lay off over half...

Japan – Employers Want Language Skills, Finds Hays

30 January 2013

Demand for language skills remains strong across the Japanese employment sector, according to a new survey by Hays. This found that businesses are keen to hire Japanese people with good English skills while English speakers who are well-versed in Japanese are also welcomed with open arms.The recr...

South Africa – Union Demands Ban of “Slavery” Labour Broking

29 January 2013

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the largest trade union federation in the country, condemned the use of staffing services, known more commonly in South Africa as labour broking. On Monday, the federation criticised this type of employment as “slavery.”The union was behind mas...