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Hong Kong – IT departments to hire more interims

25 March 2013

Eight in ten (82%) IT heads in Hong Kong are worried about the so-called scope creep in their companies, a survey of chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) in Hong Kong has found. Many plan to hire additional interim or permanent staff to deal with the increased wo...


Australia – Jobseekers lack key skills

22 March 2013

Australian firms are struggling to hire staff with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (‘STEM’) skills, holding back productivity and competition, a new report by the Australian Industry (Ai) Group found. STEM skills are essential in the technical, engineering, ICT and telecommunicat...


Philippines – 16 staffing firms face the axe

22 March 2013

16 staffing companies which deployed workers to Hong Kong face suspension for collecting excessive placement fees, according to the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP).The organisation is the largest body of licensed recruitment agencies deploying workers to Hong...


South Pacific – Fiji labour ministry warns of dodgy recruiters

22 March 2013

The ministry of labour on the Fiji islands has warned jobseekers to be careful when dealing with recruitment agents who offer overseas jobs. This followed a news report in the Fiji Times which revealed dodgy employment practices among recruiters who charged certain fees to candidates.The National...


Brazil – Employers add 123,446 jobs

21 March 2013

Employers in Brazil last month added a net 123,446 jobs, following a net increase of 28,900 in January. This is according to the country’s labour ministry which announced the job data on Wednesday afternoon.The increase in jobs beat expectations. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg projected a lower n...


Philippines – Infrastructure projects fuel job opportunities in Hong Kong

21 March 2013

Job opportunities will open this year for migrant workers from the Philippines in Hong Kong’s infrastructure industry, the Philippine department of labor and employment said in a statement.“Massive infrastructure developments taking place in Hong Kong this year will open career opportunities for...


Middle East – Professionals expect higher costs

21 March 2013

The latest Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) Survey, carried out by job board Bayt.com, shows that local residents expect the cost of living to increase in the coming year despite their financial positions not having improved.In the UAE, only 22% of respondents c...


Asia – Adecco expands across region

20 March 2013

Swiss staffing giant Adecco today announced its expansion across Asia with the launch of a network of information technology and engineering specialty recruitment offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.The firm will expand through its subsidiary Spring Professional. Under...


Australia – Bluestone director absence following corruption inquiry

20 March 2013

International recruitment specialist Bluestone Global Limited (ASX: BUE) today announced that non-executive director Andrew Poole has requested leave of absence from his duties, following a current public inquiry of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).Bluestone ch...


South Africa – Workers benefit from higher pay hikes

20 March 2013

South African workers can expect higher pay rises than workers worldwide over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Grant Thornton. But it is questionable whether this situation is sustainable given current global economic conditions.The International Business Report found that a surprisin...