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South Africa – New employment legislation rankles employers

18 September 2013

Key labour law amendments have been adopted in principle by South Africa’s Parliament portfolio committee on labour. This has been done in total disregard of objections from business, which have warned that they will not only complicate the labour market but may also be unconstitutional, accordin...


Japan – Part-time workers tarnishing disciplined employee image

18 September 2013

Part-time workers in Japan have been posting images on Twitter of pranks carried out while at work, tarnishing the enduring image of the strict and disciplined Japanese worker. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), part-time workers have been stuffing out cigarettes in sushi, wearing masks...


New Zealand – More than half of workers changed job in the last year

18 September 2013

More than half of New Zealanders changed jobs in the past 12 months, giving New Zealand one of the highest staff turnover rates in the world. The Kelly Global Workforce Index survey interviewed 120,000 employees in 31 countries including 3,500 New Zealanders.New Zealand was ranked joint-fifth for...


Middle East – New report shatters senior management hiring myths

18 September 2013

A study has been published on how companies in the Middle East region hire their senior management staff. After an extensive analysis of 619 senior hire and 350,174 applicants, the study, by recruitment solutions firm Cazar, breaks some of the myths, and clears up some misconceptions, about the r...


Japan – Labour markets responding positively to ‘Abenomics’

17 September 2013

Around one third of employers in Japan plan to hire more women and foreign workers as the labour market starts to respond positively to Abenomics, says recruiting experts Hays in Japan following a survey of over 200 employers.Of those employers who plan to expand their headcount, 68% will recruit...


Malaysia – Incentivise women back to work to halt brain drain

17 September 2013

Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp) is looking to female workers to halt the country’s brain drain, by encouraging employers to adopt flexible working hours to make it easier for women to stay in, and return to, the workforce, according to The Sun Daily.Johan Mahmood Merican, TalentCorp CEO, sa...


New Zealand – Shortage of quality talent hampering professional employment market

17 September 2013

New Zealand’s professional employment market continues to be challenged by a shortage of quality talent and employers will have an ongoing focus on staff attraction and retention during the next 12 months.According to the Michael Page New Zealand 2013/14 Salary & Employment Forecast, 48% of e...


Argentina – Manpower works with government to promote equal employment

17 September 2013

In July, ManpowerGroup signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Labour for the province of Buenos Aires. The aim of the partnership is to conduct training and promote employment for people with disabilities living in the province.As part of the agreement, signed by ManpowerGroup Argent...


India – Need to encourage more contract employment

16 September 2013

India needs to encourage contract employment, with adequate safeguards including social security measures, to generate formal employment in the manufacturing sector, says a study on Comparison of Labour Laws: Select Countries by Export-Import Bank of India, reports the Hindu Business Li...


Australia – ICT recruitment bounce expected following election

16 September 2013

One of Australia’s largest IT recruiters has predicted a spike in the ICT jobs market following the election of a “pro-business” Abbott government, according to arnnet.com.au. Peoplebank chief executive Peter Acheson said the new government was good news for ICT and expected a boost to hiring acr...