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Malaysia – Women still missing from the workforce

1 July 2014

Despite the economic value of women in the workforce, many companies in Malaysia are still reluctant to recruitment women even though the country has one of the lowest female labour force participation level in the Asean region at 46%, according to a report from the World Bank’s ‘Malaysia Economic...

South Africa – Adcorp Executive Director retires

1 July 2014

South Africa’s largest staffing firm Adcorp (ADR: JNB) announced that Executive Director for Group Services and Chief Risk Officer Campbell Bomela has retired, effective from 30 June 2014, reports reuters.com.

Mr Bomela will continue to act as a director for several of Adcorp’s subsidiaries and consult...

India – Calls to change the rules for contract workers

30 June 2014

As the Rajasthan state government begins to reform its labour laws, Rituparna Chakraborty, President of the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), has called for immediate changes to be made to the rules for contract workers, reports business-standard.com.

Ms Chakraborty said that the contract labour rules...

Bahrain – Recruiters rethink strike against stricter regulation

30 June 2014

Recruitment agencies are reconsidering a proposed strike against stricter rules to regulate the recruitment field in Bahrain, reports The Gulf Daily News. The Bahrain Recruiters Society (BRS), which represents the majority of licensed recruitment agencies in the country, earlier called for a strike during...

Asia – More people working to death

30 June 2014

An estimated 600,000 Chinese workers die every year from working too hard, according to figures from China Youth Daily. China Radio International in April this year estimated the figure at 1,600 every day, reports businessweek.com. In China, such deaths are known as guolaosi.

The rising death rate comes...

Australia – Alliance proposes partnership to secure jobs for disadvantaged jobseekers

30 June 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), and the Business Council of Australia have jointly proposed improvements to employment services in order to deliver better job outcomes for people disadvantaged in the labour market.

The proposal, put forward...

Saudi Arabia – Job adverts for expats to be curbed

30 June 2014

The Saudi Ministry of Labour is expected to pass a new law that will limit the number of job adverts that specifically target foreign workers, in a bid to strengthen its nationalisation efforts, reports arabnews.com.

Abdullah Abu Thnain, Undersecretary for Inspections and Work Environment Development,...

Australia – Rubicor issues profit guidance for full year results

27 June 2014

Australian recruitment services firm Rubicor (RUB: ASX) released a market update for the full year ending 30 June 2014. According to the company, trading conditions remain patchy, particularly in May where results were uncharacteristically weaker.

The company’s performance is reported to have been directly...

Australia – Supply and demand disconnect in ICT recruitment

27 June 2014

Graphic designer was the most searched job in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector across Australia between 1 March 2014 and 1 June 2014, according to job board Indeed, reports theage.com.au. However, the jobs candidates are looking for don’t seem to match with the jobs that are...

Japan – Job market shows signs of improvement but tightness remains

27 June 2014

Japan's job market showed strong signs of improvement in May highlighting the progress in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to put the economy on a solid growth path, reports The Wall Street Journal.

As Japanese employers continue to add jobs, the jobs-to-applicants ratio for May hit 1.09, meaning that...