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Singapore - Employment claims tribunal for managers to be ready next year

30 December 2014

An Employment Claims Tribunal to help all professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) settle disputes with their employers will be ready in 2015, according to an article in HR in Asia.PMEs, who earn more than SGD 4,500 (USD 3,525) a month, are not currently covered under the Employment Act, whi...


Australia – 2014 a bad year for graduates

30 December 2014

Starting salaries for university graduates have plateaued and full-time employment is proving more elusive, according to the latest annual Australian Graduate Survey.32% of university graduates who wanted a full-time job had not found one four months after completing a degree in 2014 - up from 29...


India - Lacks skilled labour

30 December 2014

India has too few skilled labourers thanks to decades of neglect in training and it desperately needs electricians, bricklayers and plumbers according to a report from Reuters."India, so far, has been a country that celebrated knowledge and intellect. Skills are not celebrated," said Ri...


Australia - Programmed stalks the Skilled Group

29 December 2014

Following media speculation in the Australian press, Programmed Maintenance Services known as Programmed (ASX: PRG) has confirmed it approached Skilled Group (ASX:SKE) just before Christmas regarding a “merger of equals”. According to an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) Release from Programme...


China - Job hopping becomes more difficult

29 December 2014

Amid a slowdown in the country's economic growth, the good times for job hoppers might also be coming to an end according to Yang Xiaoxuan writing in the China Daily. Job hoppers are those who frequently change jobs in a two-year span.In 2005 and 2006, when China was expanding its market and a la...


Malaysia - Online Social Talent Engagement

29 December 2014

Malaysia ranks 4th worldwide for the use of social media in career decisions and 60% of the Malaysian workforce opts for social media as a job search tool, compared to global average of 36% according to the Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group (‘KellyOCG’). According to Anthony Raja Deva...


Japan – Randstad announces appointments

29 December 2014

Randstad has appointed Satoshi Saruya to the role of Vice President for its operation in Japan from the 1st January 2015.   Based in Tokyo, Saruya continues his responsibilities as a head of Metropolitan Staffing, and will also have company responsibilities for the entire business of Ra...


Malaysia – Government abandons wage target

24 December 2014

The Malaysian Government has abandoned plans to ensure employees’ wages are raised so that they make up 40% of Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP), in a move that suggests the country will not achieve high-income status by 2020, according to the People's Justice Party (PKR) think-tank Institu...


Australia - 2014: The year that was - in workplace relations

24 December 2014

The following is a round up of the principal developments in workplace relations law from Tim Greenall, Michelle Dawson and Emily Dempster of Madgwicks2014 has been rife with changes and developments to the workplace relations landscape. It would be an almost impossible task comprehensively to li...


Global – Oil & Gas Jobs may be slashed in 2015

24 December 2014

With the price of oil in the region of USD 60 a barrel and OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), the producers’ cartel, underlining the looming supply glut facing oil markets, the prospects for jobs in the industry are at their worst for some time. It comes amid surging US sha...