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China – Hiring intentions fall as efficiency savings take precedence

26 September 2013

Hiring intentions in China have declined by -1.8%, even though 51.5% of employers responded that they still intend to increase headcount this quarter, according to the latest Hudson Employment Trends report. The number of employers intending to decrease headcount increased by +6.2% to 13.2%.Lily...


Australia – Job vacancy numbers down

26 September 2013

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that the number of job vacancies across Australia fell by -20.8% during August, compared with the same month last year. Private sector vacancies experienced the biggest fall with -21.2%, while public sector vacancies dropped by -1...


Singapore – Recruitment ban for discriminatory jobs advertisements

26 September 2013

A six-month recruitment ban has been levied on 10 companies in Singapore for their discriminatory recruitment practices. The 10 companies have also been ordered to publically apologise for their actions, according to Yahoo news. Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that...


Australia – Shortfall of digital marketing professionals

26 September 2013

The rapid evolution of digital marketing has created a ‘digital disconnect’ in which the jobs market in technology, and more specifically digital marketing technology, is hungry for skilled workers.  According to recruitment firm Hays Sales & Marketing, the evolution of digital marketing...


Australia – Skilled Group secures oil & gas contracts

25 September 2013

Australian staffing company Skilled Group Limited (SKE: ASX) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Skilled Offshore Pty Limited has signed a Letter of Intent advising that it has been awarded a significant contract with Saipem. The contract will involve the provision of manning service...


New Zealand – Chandler MacLeod acquires majority stake in Grafton Consulting

25 September 2013

Australasian recruitment and HR services provider Chandler Macleod (CGM: ASX) has acquired a majority stake in New Zealand-based HR and change management agency, Grafton Consulting, reports voxy.co.au.Chandler Macleod’s other interest in New Zealand is OCG Consulting, a recruitment specialist. Th...


India – Staffing Federation opposes rise in salary cap for benefits

25 September 2013

The Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), an apex body of flexible staffing industry in India, announced that it opposed the Labour Ministry's decision to raise the salary cap of Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) beneficiaries to RUP 25,000 (USD 400) from the current R...


Australia – Only one in five planning to recruit

25 September 2013

Just one in five businesses are planning to hire new staff, the lowest level for hiring intentions since the global financial crisis, according to recruitment firm Hudson. A recent survey conducted by Hudson, of more than 2,500 employers in July and August, found that 20.9% are planning to take o...


New Zealand – Temporary migration’s positive impact

25 September 2013

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has welcomed new research from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on the impact of temporary migration on jobs and wages in New Zealand, reports voxy.co.nz.Using figures from MBIE, Statistics New Zealand and Inland Revenue; ‘The Rise...


Singapore – Recruitment expected to remain stable

25 September 2013

Staffing numbers for the second half of 2013 are anticipated to remain stable in Singapore, according to 55% of employers surveyed by Michael Page. Of the companies that are expecting to maintain headcount, 50% are likely to increase staff numbers in 12 to 18 months’ time.During the second half o...