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India – Hiring up and set to grow in the media and entertainment sector

7 July 2015

The Indian Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry is entering a strong growth phase, backed by rising consumer payments and advertising revenues across all sectors, according to Indian job board TimesJobs.com.

Advertising revenue for the sector is expected to exceed INR 600 billion (USD 9.5 billion)...

South Africa – Amendments to Labour Relations Act causing turmoil

6 July 2015

South Africa’s temporary employment service (TES) industry has been negatively impacted by the implementation of labour law amendments, with the worst effects felt by workers who have lost jobs en masse, reports iol.co.za.

TES workers are largely medium-skilled and not just unskilled workers. They are...

Australia – Job adverts rise again but further job losses expected

6 July 2015

The number of jobs advertised across Australia increased by 10.8% in June 2015 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s ads survey. The latest rise was below the 14.1% report in May 2015; however, it should be noted that the May figures reflected the strongest...

Brazil – Gi Group acquires outsourcing and BPO firm

6 July 2015

Italian staffing firm Gi Group has acquired Brazil-headquartered business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Holomática. Founded in 1993, the company provides BPO and outsourcing services in the sales, marketing, logistics, HR, administration, quality, and finance sectors.

This latest acquisition, in combination...

Australia – Surge in Indians, Chinese, and Brits applying for skilled worker visas

6 July 2015

The number of applications for 457 (skilled) work visas has increased by 15% in a year; with Indian, British, and Chinese workers in particular queuing up to work in Australia, reports theaustralian.com.au.

Australia’s Immigration Department has approved work visas for thousands of engineers and nurses...

ASEAN – The future labour powerhouse

3 July 2015

The structural change in the East Asian labour market and rising wages in China will shift a lot of labour towards Southeast Asian countries, especially the ones that still have low labour costs, experts say, reports menafn.com.

With wages in China increasing by 6.9% per annum, according to a Standard...

New Zealand – Employment market showing healthy signs

3 July 2015

Despite the reportedly waning employment confidence, New Zealand-based job board Trade Me Jobs continues to see healthy signs in the country’s employment market, reports scoop.co.nz.

Peter Osborne, Head of Trade Me Jobs, commented: “While some gloss may be coming off the economy, the job market’s...

South Africa – Communications jobs set to rise as companies look to African expansion

3 July 2015

South African communications professionals are very positive with almost 60% feeling that the role of communications is likely to increase in their businesses within the next two years. 

This positivity highlights the increasingly strategic role communications plays across a number of business critical...

Singapore – Dozens arrested in illegal foreign worker scam

3 July 2015

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has arrested 41 people in an island-wide enforcement operation against a group suspected of illegally bringing foreign workers into the country, reports channelnewsasia.com.

Investigations revealed that the group would set up shell companies to bring in the foreign...

Japan – Increased costs dampen Creek & River’s Q1 net income

2 July 2015

Japanese staffing firm Creek & River (4763: JP) reported revenue for the first quarter ending 31 May 2015 of JPY 6.4 billion (USD 51.9 million), an increase of 4.6% compared with JPY 6.1 billion (USD 49.6 million) during the same quarter last year. 

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