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Australia – Skilled and Programmed merger given Court’s seal of approval

1 October 2015

Australian staffing firm Skilled Group today announced that the Supreme Court of Victoria has approved the scheme of arrangement under which Programmed Maintenance Services (PRG: ASX) will acquire 100% of the issued shares of Skilled.

All conditions precedent to the implementation of the Scheme have now...

Australia – New innovation-friendly Prime Minister a boon for digital recruitment

1 October 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was ousted earlier this month and succeeded by Malcolm Turnbull following an internal power struggle.

According to digital recruitment firm Greythorn, a ManpowerGroup company, the Abbott government had discussed manufacturing, infrastructure, and even tourism in its...

Namibia – New Employment Services Act impractical and costly

1 October 2015

The Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF) has called into question the practicality of the new Employment Services Act. The new law requires all employers with 25 or more staff members to report job vacancies or new positions to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation’s...

Japan – Half of LGBT workers might be subject to workplace discrimination

1 October 2015

Only 64% of Japanese workers believe that there is an open and inclusive company culture at their current company, according to the Randstad Workmonitor survey. This compares with a global average of 76.8% of workers who feel that their workplace is inclusive.

The majority (82.5%) of Japanese employees...

Japan – Strong BPO demand lifts Careerlink revenue

30 September 2015

Japanese staffing company Careerlink (6070: JP) reported revenue for the six months ending 31 July 2015 of JPY 7.9 billion (USD 66.1 million), an increase of 22% compared with JPY 6.5 billion (USD 54.1 million) during the same period last year. 

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Australia – Senior heads roll at 7-Eleven following foreign worker exploitation

30 September 2015

Following an exposé into the exploitation of foreign workers, the billionaire founder and Chairman of 7-Eleven Australia, Russ Withers, and company CEO Warren Wilmot have resigned, reports 9news.com.au.

The announcement follows weeks of revelations about 7-Eleven stores chronically underpaying international...

Japan – Revamped temporary worker laws come into force

30 September 2015

A controversial law ending restrictions on the use of temporary workers entered into force in Japan today. Part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s labour market reforms, the new law allows companies to fill a role with a temporary workers indefinitely, provided the actual worker is replaced every three...

World – Lack of development and advancement for high-professional talent

30 September 2015

There is a significant lack of development and advancement opportunities for so-called high-professional talent, according to a recent survey from executive search firm Korn Ferry. ‘High-professionals’ are defined as deep subject-matter experts, such as scientists, researchers or software developers,...

South Korea – Monster sells remaining stake in JobKorea

29 September 2015

Monster (MWW: NYSE) , the global job board, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its 50.01% stake in South Korean job board JobKorea to private equity firm H&Q Korea for approximately USD 85 million.

In December 2013, H&Q Korea acquired 49.99% of JobKorea from Monster and since...

Japan – Talent mismatch hits record level

29 September 2015

Japan has been given the highest score possible for talent mismatch in a global assessment of the efficiency of skilled labour markets produced by recruitment firm Hays, reports marketwatch.com.

The Hays Global Skills Index, produced in collaboration with Oxford Economics, showed an overall score of 6.1,...