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South Africa – National minimum wage may impact jobs

15 January 2014

President Jacob Zuma, in his annual speech to the African National Congress (ANC) on the 8th January 2014, committed to “investigating the modality for the introduction of a national minimum wage, as a key component of reducing inequality”. The proposal has been greeted with caution in busin...


Australia – Falling pay rises reveal ongoing caution in labour market

15 January 2014

Workers looking for a pay rise in 2014 will have to lower their expectations following the latest pay forecast data released by global management consultancy Hay Group. According to the data, salary growth in Australia is expected to be +3% in 2014, down from +4% in 2013, reports whitsundaytimes....


India – Flexible working is key to retaining staff

15 January 2014

The ability to work flexibly is now one of the most important factors for people deciding whether or not to move job. A study by Regus, a global workplace provider, found that 73% of business people would choose one job over another if it offered flexible working opportunities, reports the Times...


Brazil – Manufacturing employment down -1.7% in November

15 January 2014

Employment in the Brazilian manufacturing sector fell by -1.7% during November 2013 compared with the same month last year, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). However, compared with October 2013 employment in the sector remains static reports spanish.china.or...


Singapore – Jobstreet to fully acquire Vietnamese and Indonesian subsidiaries

14 January 2014

Jobstreet.com Pte Ltd, the wholly-owned Singapore subsidiary of Malaysian online job board Jobstreet Corp Bhd (JOBST: KLS), will acquire the remaining 19% equity in Jobstreet Vietnam Holdings Pte Ltd for MYR 1.2 million (USD 368,140).Jobstreet Singapore will buy 190,000 ordinary shares in Jobstre...


Singapore – Foreign worker curb likely to stunt growth

14 January 2014

Singapore’s move to reduce its reliance on cheap overseas labour and boost productivity is hampering the ability of manufacturers to produce goods, according to bdlive.co.za. This policy is expected to put the nation at risk of losing out as overseas demand strengthens this year, with recoveries...


Peru – Female Executives lead to higher profitability

14 January 2014

Peruvian women are making progress in the business world, holding 10% of executive positions in companies across the nation. On average, women across Latin America hold 8% of executive posts in companies and represent 5% of seats of companies’ boards of directors, according to a survey carried ou...


Jordan – 22,000 illegal foreign workers captured in 2013

14 January 2014

Jordanian labour inspectors captured 22,000 illegal workers during 2013, as part of a national campaign to regulate the labour market, reports the Petra News Agency. The majority of the illegal workers were Egyptian labourers, an estimated 12,000 workers, followed by Syrians numbering 8,000.The f...


Asia – HRBoss appoints CIO

14 January 2014

HRBoss, an Asian-based software-as-a-service (Saas) provider for the HR and recruitment industry, announced the appointment of Craig Cook to the position of Chief Information Officer. The appointment is part of HRBoss’ strategy to establish themselves as a prominent leader of HR & Recruitment...


South Africa – Temporary job numbers improve

13 January 2014

The number of jobs in South Africa’s temporary and informal sectors rose toward the end of 2013, according to the latest Adcorp Employment Index. Significant job gains were observed in construction and transport, which grew by +7.4% and +6.5% respectively. In contrast, the financial sector shed 1...