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Australia – End of sponsored visas for chefs, bricklayers, and tillers prompts backlash

9 June 2014

Foreign chefs, bricklayers, and tilers will no longer require a sponsor to work in Australia as of 1 July 2014 in a bid by the Federal Government to fill labour and skills shortages, reports The Daily Mail. The move has been slammed by unions who say the Government should be looking out for...


China – Government to overhaul education system to close skills gap

9 June 2014

A record 7.3 million graduates, the equivalent of the entire population of Hong Kong, will enter the Chinese job market this year; a market renowned for its shortage of skilled workers. However, many of the graduates are ill-equipped to fill those jobs, prompting the government to look at how it...


Japan – en world acquires Indian recruitment firm

6 June 2014

Japanese recruitment solutions company en world group announced that it has acquired 60% of recruitment firm New Era India Consultancy for a total consideration of INR 345 million (USD 5.8 million).As per the agreement, en-japan and en Asia Holdings Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary, will acquire 6...


South Africa – Recruitment firm embraces Bitcoin

6 June 2014

South Africa-based recruitment firm Unique Personnel has revealed that it is now accepting virtual currency payments in Bitcoin after facing difficulties paying and receiving payments throughout Africa, reports itweb.co.za.The company’s General Manager Peter Mommsen explained that businesses rece...


New Zealand – 90,000 workers needed in the agricultural services sector by 2025

6 June 2014

Support services will be the biggest source of job growth for an increasingly sophisticated agricultural sector, according to a report on the future workforce needs of primary industries, reports business.scoop.co.nz.Projections from the Ministry of Primary Industries has forecast that 140,000 pr...


Saudi Arabia – 1,800 Indian nurses recruited

6 June 2014

Facing a dearth of trained female nurses, the Saudi government has recruited 2,100 foreign nurses, including 1,800 from India, to work in various government hospitals across the Kingdom, reports business-standard.com.Ilham Sindi, Director of the Health Ministry's nursing department is quoted by T...


Asia – Peoplebank: Persistence is key when working in Asia

5 June 2014

For Australian businesses expanding into Asia, adapting to different cultures and ways of work­ing is often easier said than done. When Leon Lau was expanding his recruitment business into Hong Kong, it appeared he had hit an insurmountable obstacle, reports The Australian.The name of his recruit...


Philippines – Recruiters ordered to repatriate all workers in Libya

5 June 2014

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has instructed recruitment agencies to immediately repatriate all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) they have deployed to Libya, reports interaksyon.com.POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac reminded the recruiters that it is their, and the emp...


Australia – Minimum wage could undermine jobs growth

5 June 2014

The Treasurer of Australia, Joe Hockey, has warned that the Fair Work Commission's (FWC) decision to raise the minimum wage could undermine the government's attempts to lift the employment rate, reports The Australian.The FWC announced yesterday a +3% increase to the national minimum wa...


Colombia – BPO industry hampered by shortage of bilingual workers

5 June 2014

Colombia’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has generated thousands of jobs but only 6% of BPO firms in the South American country are able provide services in foreign languages, a joint study by the Colombian Commerce Ministry and market analyst firm IDC has found, repo...