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Japan – Temporary staffing revenue up by a third at Hito Communications

9 July 2015

Japanese human resources provider Hito Communications (3654: JP) reported revenue for the nine months ending 31 May 2015 of JPY 19.4 billion (USD 159.2 million), an increase of 15.5% compared with JPY 16.8 billion (USD 137.8 million) during the same period a year ago.    1 Sept 14...


Australia – Job adverts up as employment market become increasingly candidate driven

9 July 2015

There were 10.8% more jobs advertised in June 2015 compared with a year ago, according to the latest employment data from Australian job board SEEK. The SEEK Employment Index, which measures supply against demand, recorded an 11% rise compared with a year ago, meaning that there are fewer applica...


Nepal – Association of Foreign Employment Agencies announces indefinite strike

9 July 2015

Following the Nepalese government’s implementation of a zero-cost migration policy, the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) yesterday announced an indefinite strike, reports ekantipur.com.The policy, which came into force on 6 July, means that labour permits will only be issu...


Southeast Asia – Desperate search for back-office finance bosses

9 July 2015

Global banks that have recently offshored junior back-office jobs out of Singapore and Hong Kong are now struggling to find senior staff as they attempt to ramp up operations recruitment, reports efinancialcareers.com.The likes of Barclays, Citi, HSBC, and Standard Chartered want to hire reg...


Singapore – Firms to face tougher regulations to hire foreign workers

8 July 2015

Companies in Singapore looking to hire foreign professionals will soon face stricter hiring regulations; while those prepared to fill their professional, managerial, and executive (PME) vacancies with unemployed locals will be eligible to receive financial help, reports The Straits Times.Under cu...


India – More suspicious deaths in recruitment and exam fraud case

8 July 2015

At least 36 people have died and more than 2,000 have been arrested in connection with a massive recruitment fraud case in India’s central Madhya Pradesh state, reports Reuters.The investigation is known as the “Vyapam scandal” after the Hindi acronym for the office that conducts examinations for...


Australia – Engineers move to combat temporary worker influx

8 July 2015

Engineers Australia (EA), the peak body representing about 100,000 engineers, is launching a national registration scheme to safeguard the industry against a wave of temporary work visas being issued to fill employment gaps, reports afr.com.The organisation has been urging state and federal...


Australia – Glass ceiling remains intact in vast majority of occupations

8 July 2015

Despite many believing that the gender glass ceiling has broken in a lot of Australia’s industries, a new study has highlighted persistent gender inequality in 95% of the country’s 433 occupations, reports news.com.au.Analysing 10 million tax returns over five years (2009-2013), Sydney-based star...


Free webinar – Best practices for the Asian contingent workforce market

7 July 2015

North America, Europe and Australia have all undertaken the contingent workforce journey prior to Asia. As Asia picks up on the trend Allegis Global Solutions, an industry leader in the provision of contingent workforce solutions, argues there are concepts and ideas that could be taken from the o...


New Zealand – Wage growth set to outstrip Australia

7 July 2015

New Zealanders could be in for a pay rise with wage growth in the country expected to outpace Australia's wage growth over the next few years, according to Nick Tuffley, chief economic at ASB Bank, reports stuff.co.nz.A Fairfax Media survey of 25 Australian economic forecasters found that the maj...