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Japan – Amendments to Worker Dispatch Act expected

19 August 2014

Amendments to Japan’s Worker Dispatch Act of 1985 are expected to be approved and become effective in 2015, according to international law firm Sidley. These amendments could have a significant impact on the personnel policies and workforce management of companies in Japan. The most significant amendment...

China – Zhaopin seeks expansion opportunities

19 August 2014

Chinese job board Zhaopin is working to roll out educational services across China over the next 12 months. The company is also looking to export new technologies and ­services that have been successfully introduced in Australia into its Chinese product offering as the business expands into new geographies,...

Nepal – Government working to make overseas recruitment process free

19 August 2014

The Nepalese government has said that it has been negotiating with major source countries to make the recruitment process free for Nepali migrant workers, reports myrepublica.com

Buddhi Bahadur Khadka, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), commented: “We have been advocating...

Southeast Asia – Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines the future power-houses of Asia

19 August 2014

Over a third (36%) of employers globally report having difficulty filling jobs. As the global talent shortage continues, the availability of the right talent trumps the cost of labour as a key consideration influencing business decisions.

Companies recognise that good business decisions are no longer...

Australia – Ambition Group reports revenue growth but losses worsen

18 August 2014

Australia-based boutique recruitment firm Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) last week reported revenue of AUD 42.8 million (USD 39.9 million) for the six months ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +6% compared with AUD 40.4 million (USD 37.6 million) a year ago.

Gross profit for the period increased by +1% to...

Southeast Asia – Labour leaders collaborating across borders to secure better conditions

18 August 2014

Labour leaders behind the biggest strikes in Cambodia's USD 5 billion (KHR 20.1 trillion) garment industry knew last year they had a strong case for higher wages: they had already compared notes with activists in neighbouring countries. The result was a +25% increase in the minimum pay for an estimated...

Oman – Freeze on visas hitting companies hard

18 August 2014

The freeze on issuing clearances for certain professions by the Ministry of Manpower has hit Omani companies hard, to the extent that some firms are on the verge of abandoning some of their operating plans, reports The Oman Observer.

The management of Alpha Engineering and Contracting LLC, a newly-formed...

Taiwan – 104 Corp sees jump in revenue

15 August 2014

104 Corp (TAI:3130) a Taiwan-based company primarily engaged in the operation of online recruitment websites saw its second quarter revenue ending in July jump +13% from TWD 624.8 million (USD 20.8 million) from 553.4 million (USD 18.4 million). An operating profit figure is not available but the company...

Kenya - Four Emerging HR Trends

15 August 2014

The recruitment process has always been seen as a laborious exercise in which copious amounts of time and money are spent. Technology is now challenging this convention and as one may put it - help take the grunt out of recruitment. Capital FM/All Africa Global Media has provided an interesting view...

India - Policy changes slow down pharma hiring

15 August 2014

The euphoria in the job market notwithstanding according to The Times of India, pharma companies are staring at a bitter reality with regards to hiring, thanks to regulatory changes and a sluggish market which seem to have impacted profitability.

Pharma companies according to the paper are understood...