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Singapore – Companies urges to introduce flexible work arrangements to enhance productivity

26 February 2014

Despite the Singapore Government’s efforts to increase work-life harmony by promoting flexible work arrangements, business leaders, particularly in the financial services sector, are yet to be convinced that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. The final chapter of the Randstad World of Work...


India – Repealing labour laws would boost manufacturing and create jobs

26 February 2014

The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) has asked the government to replace India’s outdated labour laws to better suit the needs of modern businesses, blaming rigid labour laws for declining manufacturing output and poor job creation, reports The Economic Times of India.In a le...


New Zealand – Bosses regretting not incentivising top talent to stay

26 February 2014

Employers have been warned by the Director of recruitment firm Randstad that finding the people they need is about to get a lot tougher as the economy builds up speed, reports the New Zealand Herald.Two years ago, Randstad Director Paul Robinson said that he was advising companies to retain their...


Australia – Randstad appoints new CEO

26 February 2014

Global recruitment firm Randstad announced today the appointment of Frank Ribuot to the position of CEO of Randstad Australia. Mr Ribuot is the former Senior Vice President of the Asia Pacific region and Global Talent Management of Right Management, part of the ManpowerGroup.Mr Ribuot, who began...


Hong Kong – Legislation on standard working hours won’t solve problem of long working day

25 February 2014

Following the announcement earlier this month that the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce opposed the proposed legislation on standard working hours, Chamber Chief Executive Shirley Yuen further outlined her objections in an article for the South China Morning Post.Ms Yuen wrote on behalf of t...


China – LinkedIn establishes local language website

25 February 2014

LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) is establishing a Chinese-language website that will restrict some content to adhere to state censorship rules, moving further into a country where US technology companies have often clashed with the government, reports Bloomberg.com.Derek Shen, President of LinkedIn Ch...


China – Executive pay rising rapidly with a growing link to company performance

25 February 2014

The pay of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in China has been rising rapidly over the last decade and it is being increasingly linked to corporate performance in much the same way as it is in the West, even though the country remains a communist regime with state control of the largest firms.These...


China – Antal International partners with Career International

25 February 2014

Global recruitment provider Antal International, today announced that it has established a strategic partnership with Career International, a recruitment solution provider in China. The Chinese branch of Antal International will keep its existing brand and independent operation.The strategic coop...


Japan – Starbucks announces promotion of 800 temporary workers to permanent jobs

24 February 2014

Global coffee giant Starbucks announced last week that it is planning to promote 800 of its temporary workers to full-time positions, a decision that has been applauded by the country’s netizens (internet citizens) as a move to create pressure on the Japanese market to provide better benefits to...


New Zealand – Creative, marketing, and digital salaries tipped to rise

24 February 2014

Median salaries across the digital, creative, and marketing industry fell between 2012 and 2013, but this trend should reverse in 2014, according to specialist recruitment firm font, reports guide2.co.nz.An annual Market Pulse round-up conducted by font comprised 6,410 surveys, 1,381 of which wer...