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Australia – Government wants to close Workforce and Productivity Agency

18 June 2014

The Australian government has proposed the closure of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA), the body that identifies skills shortages in the domestic economy, reports fatcat.com.au.The AWPA Repeal Bill is currently before the Senate, which will see the activities of the AWPA su...


South Africa – Labour laws given ‘A’ rating

18 June 2014

South Africa’s labour laws may not be as restrictive as previously feared, with a report by global law firm DLA Piper concluding that the country’s employment legislation is on par with many first world countries, reports bdlive.co.za.South African lawyers who helped compile the report said there...


New Zealand – Job adverts up as economy strengthens

18 June 2014

The number of jobs advertised across New Zealand in May 2014 increased by +17.3% compared with the same month last year, according to the Employment Index from job board SEEK, reports scoop.co.nz.Compared with April 2014, the number of new jobs adverts rose by +2.9%.According to SEEK, more than 2...


Azerbaijan - Organisation of Islamic Cooperation discusses labour and employment partnership

18 June 2014

The Management Committee of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met in Azerbaijan yesterday to discuss the establishment of a partnership on labour, employment, and social protections, reports abc.az.According to the Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, r...


World – Korn/Ferry reports record growth in Q4

17 June 2014

Executive search firm Korn/Ferry International (KFY: NYSE) reported revenue of USD 260.8 million for the fourth quarter ending 30 April 2014, an increase of +9% compared with USD 238.6 million last year.Operating income for the period rose by +59% to USD 24.5 million, up from USD 15.4 million in...


World – ManpowerGroup: How HR leaders can stem the talent shortage

17 June 2014

ManpowerGroup, the third largest staffing firm in the world, found that 36% of employers globally have reported talent shortages this year, the highest percentage in seven years. In the nine years since ManpowerGroup conducted its first Talent Shortage Survey, employers have yet to find the silve...


World – Don’t leave temporary work off your CV

17 June 2014

Temporary jobs often do not carry a direct link to a person’s professional or developmental goals, and, as a result, people are tempted to leave them off their CV. Even those who do think their temporary assignments should be listed, often find it difficult to include, what can be, such short ter...


Japan – Disabled people at private sector companies hits record high

17 June 2014

Private-sector companies in Japan maintained employed an estimated 409,000 people with disabilities in June 2013, exceeding 400,000 for the first time and marking a record high for the 10th consecutive year, the government said in its white paper on measures for disabled people, reports Japan Eco...


Australia – More colleagues, more complaints

17 June 2014

Australians working for small companies have fewer complaints about their colleagues than those working for big companies, according to a new study of 595 businesses by Regus Australia and New Zealand, reports hrmasia.com.According to the study, nearly half (49%) of all employees at companies wit...


South Africa – Adcorp: Government bungling fuelling skills shortage

16 June 2014

The shortage of skilled workers in South Africa is almost entirely due to government bungling and distrust of the private sector, according to Richard Pike, CEO temporary recruitment firm Adcorp, reports bdlive.co.za. Temporary recruitment is known locally as ‘labour broking’.Public institutions...