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Malaysia - KellyOCG Launches Country’s First HR Professional Certification Programme

11 August 2014

Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group (‘KellyOCG’), announced today that it will lead a private sector initiative to double the pool of professionally certified HR practitioners in 24 months.

KellyOCG’s Vice President in Asia Pacific, Anthony Raja Devadoss, says that this initiative is part of...

Singapore - National Jobs Bank vacancies treble in a month

11 August 2014

The national Job Bank has accumulated more than 52,000 job vacancies, less than a month after its launch according to the Straits Times. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), which manages the portal, said that two in three of these positions are for professionals, managers and executives,...

Australia - Labour market seems to have stalled

8 August 2014

Australia's unemployment rate has reached 6.4%, its highest peak in the last 12 years, reflecting the impact of weakness in China and other major export markets for the country's resources-reliant economy.  It is the first time since 2007 than Australia's unemployment rate has surpassed the US level....

India – Kerry signals possible improvement to Immigration Bill

8 August 2014

Following US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to India last week, the Financial Express highlights his acknowledgment of the need for changing some of the “discriminatory provisions” of the US Immigration Bill. Kerry also stated that while the Bill is very important to the US, it is highly unlikely...

New Zealand - With jobs up, task is now to keep pay on even keel

8 August 2014

Following the latest labour force survey, showing unemployment down to its lowest level since 2009, a leader in The New Zealand Herald provides an interesting overview of the current jobs market in that country. It reads in part as follows:

The economy has been growing strongly since the beginning of...

Malaysia - McDonald’s ad against boycott

8 August 2014

Facing a nationwide boycott over alleged links to Israel, McDonald’s Malaysia today placed a full-page advertisement in a local daily to again deny the claims and to put a face to the “real victims” of the consumer activism: its mostly Malay Muslim employees according to the themalaymailonline.com...

World – Rising costs impair Kelly’s Q2 results

7 August 2014

Kelly Services (KELYA: NSDQ) reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014 of USD 1.4 billion, an increase of +3.2% compared with USD 1.37 billion for the same period last year.

The company reported gross profit for the period of USD 228.1 million, up by +3.4% compared with USD 220.7 million...

World – CDI reports strong operating profit growth

7 August 2014

US-based engineering and technology services firm CDI Corp (CDI: NYSE) yesterday surpassed its own expectations by reporting revenue of USD 284.3 million for the second quarter ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +7.9% compared with USD 263.4 million a year ago.

According to CDI Corp’s Q1 2014 results...

Saudi Arabia – Fresh calls to deport illegal workers

7 August 2014

Senior officials from the Saudi Labour and Interior Ministries held a meeting in the capital city of Riyadh this week to discuss intensifying the campaign against labour and residency law violators across the Kingdom, reports The MENA Financial Network.

An official statement issued after the meeting warned...

Australia – Union challenges recruitment of overseas workers

7 August 2014

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) has demanded to know why a company working on a natural gas project located in Western Australia (WA) is trying to hire foreign labour when there are sufficiently trained and skilled workers available locally, reports ABC News.

The union said...