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Hong Kong – Private sector employment reports growth

20 June 2014

Total employment in the private sector across Hong Kong rose by +1.9% in March 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the figures from the Census and Statistics Department. The total number of vacancies was 77,790, representing a decrease of -3% compared with last year.


Vietnam – English language ability behind other Southeast Asian countries

20 June 2014

Jobseekers in Vietnam rank fourth out of five countries across Southeast Asia in English language proficiency, according to the results of the English Language Assessment (JELA) conducted by job board Jobstreet, reports english.vietnamnet.vn.

The 20-minute assessment for jobseekers from Singapore, Malaysia,...

India – Face-to-face interviews trump video interviews

20 June 2014

The majority of organisations across India rely on face-to-face interviews and personal interactions when hiring candidates, using technology for initial screening only, reports business-standard.com.

A survey by job board TimesJobs.com revealed that: "82% of the organisations still rely on face-to-face...

Australia – Plans to levy recruitment firms with payroll tax criticised

19 June 2014

Andrew Barr, the Treasurer of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), announced that he is considering delaying his budget changes to payroll tax by a few months, but companies hit hard by the change say that's not enough, reports The Canberra Times.

Online89, a recruitment firm that bids for IT contracts...

Kuwait – Draft bill proposed for tougher penalties for recruitment violators

19 June 2014

A draft law has been submitted to amend article 138 of the Private Sector Labour Law to impose tougher penalties on those proven to have violated recruitment regulations, reports arabtimesonline.com.

MP Kamil Al-Awadhi, the author of the proposal, submitted the draft in a bid to protect the rights of...

Australia – Pay rises forecast for finance sector workers

19 June 2014

More than one-in-three financial institutions is planning pay increases for staff within the next six months, according to the latest Robert Walters Australian Hiring Intensions Survey, reports moneymanagement.com.au.

The survey revealed that 36% of Australian businesses are planning to increase wages,...

Malaysia – Fircroft partners with recruitment firm Tanjung

19 June 2014

UK-based natural resources and engineering recruitment firm Fircroft announced that it is expanding its services to Malaysia through an official agreement with recruitment firm Tanjung Offshore Berhad. The joint entity will be known as Fircroft Tanjung.

The 50-50 profit sharing venture will invest MYR...

Australia – Government wants to close Workforce and Productivity Agency

18 June 2014

The Australian government has proposed the closure of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA), the body that identifies skills shortages in the domestic economy, reports fatcat.com.au.

The AWPA Repeal Bill is currently before the Senate, which will see the activities of the AWPA subsumed...

South Africa – Labour laws given ‘A’ rating

18 June 2014

South Africa’s labour laws may not be as restrictive as previously feared, with a report by global law firm DLA Piper concluding that the country’s employment legislation is on par with many first world countries, reports bdlive.co.za.

South African lawyers who helped compile the report said there...

New Zealand – Job adverts up as economy strengthens

18 June 2014

The number of jobs advertised across New Zealand in May 2014 increased by +17.3% compared with the same month last year, according to the Employment Index from job board SEEK, reports scoop.co.nz.

Compared with April 2014, the number of new jobs adverts rose by +2.9%.

According to SEEK, more than 26,000...