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Hong Kong – Shortage of sales representatives, technicians, and engineers

20 August 2013

ManpowerGroup Hong Kong today released the results of its eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey. As the global talent shortage continues to intensify, 57% of employers in Hong Kong are experiencing difficulty finding staff with the right skills, an increase from 35% in 2012. Hong Kong employers re...


Australia – Tempo reports revenue growth in tough environment

19 August 2013

Recruitment firm Tempo Australia (TPP: ASX), specialising in recruitment in the mining, oil & gas, and construction sectors, reports increased revenue of AUD 6.9 million (USD 6.3 million) for the first half of 2013, compared with AUD 32,000 (USD 29,374) for the same period last year.Net loss...


Bahrain – Foreign worker fees halved

19 August 2013

Bahrain has halved the fees for foreign workers, giving a massive boost to small and medium enterprises, according to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA). The proposal to reduce the BHD 10 (USD19.78) levy on businesses was approved by the Cabinet, reported the Gulf Daily News.It agreed...


Singapore – Foreign worker numbers to be more tightly controlled

19 August 2013

The reliance of small and medium sized enterprises across Singapore on foreign workers is giving the government cause for concern. In a speech at the Chinese National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee commented: “The government understands the difficulties which small and medium sized enterprises fac...


United Arab Emirates – Professional jobs opportunities rise

16 August 2013

Professional job opportunities across the United Arab Emirates increased by +6% between Q2 2012 and Q2 2013, according to a new survey by recruitment specialist Morgan McKinley. Recruitment activity in the professional jobs market increased by +2% between Q1 2013 and Q2 2013; there were 6,189 job...


Australia – ICT recruitment remains stable

16 August 2013

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) recruitment is maintaining its ‘steady as you go’ trend, keeping in step with the general labour market, according to the latest Trend Report and SkillsMatch Dashboard report by the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA)...


Malaysia – Importance of retaining women employees

16 August 2013

According to a recent survey, Malaysian companies are not embracing programmes to include more women at work, and that this is one reason the retention rate for women is low in the country. The survey, conducted by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Talent Corp Malaysia...


Asia – Job adverts up +5.6% with mixed results

15 August 2013

In its latest Asia Job Index, recruitment firm Robert Walters reported that job advertisement numbers rose +5.6% during Q2 2013, compared with a year ago. Quarter-on-quarter advertisement numbers increased +9.6%, despite the majority of countries reporting volume declined between May and June 201...


Russia – Winter Olympics boosting temporary recruitment

15 August 2013

The organisers of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun recruiting temporary staff in preparation for the games. Recruitment giant Adecco, is assisting the organisers in recruiting up to 8,000 temporary employees; including drivers, translators and service employees.An Adecco spoke...


New Zealand – Job advert numbers up but unemployment expected to rise

15 August 2013

The number of jobs advertised in New Zealand rose by +4.5% in July, compared with the same month last year, according to the monthly survey by the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ). The number of adverts rose in July by +3.5%, compared with June 2013.The growth reflects a monthly increase of +...