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Australia – Glass ceiling slowly disappearing from the IT industry

21 July 2015

A newly published survey of Australia’s traditionally male-dominated IT industry suggests that the industry’s glass ceiling is slowly disappearing, according to recruitment firm Robert Half.Although barriers persist to senior management roles, Australian businesses are now increasing the number o...


New Zealand – Labour market testing trialled for low-skilled jobs

21 July 2015

Overseas workers looking to secure a low-skill job in New Zealand could find it a lot easier following a pilot programme testing a new streamlined labour market test process, reports expatforum.com.Since the beginning of July, employers seeking to fill a low skilled vacancy fr...


Brazil – Legislative changes expected to benefit the outsourcing sector

21 July 2015

Outsourcing service providers in Brazil claimed their first victory after more than 10 years campaigning following the approval, by Brazil’s House of Representatives in April 2015, of Bill 4.330/2004, which overturns existing legislation (Precedent 331) limiting the use of outsourcing to non-core...


Vietnam – Manufacturing industry set to create jobs

21 July 2015

The goods processing and manufacturing industry is expected to gain ground and expand its workforce through the rest of 2015, according to a labour market update by Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs and the country’s General Statistics Office, reports en.vietnamplus.vn.Ma...


India – Demand for senior professionals up but overall demand for staff dips

20 July 2015

Demand for professionals with over 20 years’ experience jumped by 14% between May and June 2015, after remaining relatively stagnant since January 2015, according to the latest Recruitex survey from India job board TimesJobs.com.Vivek Madhukar, COO of TimesJobs.com, commented: “We are seeing the...


Japan – New system to be launched to fill IT skills shortages with graduates from India and Vietnam

20 July 2015

Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to launch a system next financial year that will help recent Asian university graduates and others invited to Japan find employment in an effort to alleviate the shortage of information technology professionals, reports thestar.com.my.The ministr...


Malaysia – New Employment Pass category announced

20 July 2015

Malaysia’s Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced that it has launched a new employment pass category, effective from 15 July 2015, reports relocatemagazine.com.The new category, to be known as EPIII (Employment Pass III), allows work to be carried out for a monthly salary of less than...


India – Forcing companies to disclose gender pay gaps would boost earnings parity

20 July 2015

Forcing companies in India to disclose gender pay gaps would result in greater earnings parity between male and female workers, according to HR experts, reports business-standard.com.With India having already taken steps toward mandating that companies place a woman on the corporate board, an ini...


Singapore – Contract hiring helping to stem the talent shortage

17 July 2015

Contract employment is on the rise across Singapore, with hiring managers using contract workers to address challenges in permanent headcount approvals, according to the latest Singapore Contracting Survey from recruitment firm Robert Walters.A survey of 300 local professionals found that the maj...


New Zealand – Demand for labour weakening

17 July 2015

Demand for labour continues to ease across New Zealand, but is growing in Auckland and Hawke's Bay on the North Island, according to the latest job advertising data from ANZ Bank, reports guide2.co.nz.Total job advertising fell by 0.6% in June (seasonally adjusted), meaning job advert numbers hav...