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Japan – Jobs still available for full-time workers despite labour shortage

18 July 2014

Labour shortages are becoming an increasingly serious problem in Japan, particularly for those sectors where there is a lack of manpower and rising wage costs have resulted in lost sales and even bankruptcy, reports The Japan Times.In May, the unemployment rate hit a 16-year low of 3.5% and the r...


Japan – Altech upgrades H1 earnings forecast

17 July 2014

Technical staffing firm Altech Corp (4641: JP) has upwardly revised its H1 2014 forecast for the six months ending 30 June 2014. The company had previously expected to report revenue for the period of JPY 9.3 billion (USD 91.4 million), this has since been revised to JPY 9.65 billion (USD 94.9 mi...


Latin America – Limited access to technology hampering recruitment

17 July 2014

Latin America is a region of entrepreneurs and small businesses; with 60% of employees working for companies with five or fewer employees. Latin America, however, is not as well recognised for technical innovation.Access to technology across the region is limited, with growth rates in adoption an...


Nepal – Recruitment companies banned from sending workers to Qatar

17 July 2014

The Nepali Embassy in Qatar has banned 55 recruitment agencies from supplying workers to Qatar after they charged higher fees than the maximum amount fixed by the government and failed to ensure wages and employment, reports ekantipur.com.The Embassy’s Labour Attaché Indra Dev Pandey, commented:...


Hong Kong – Surprise rise in unemployment as labour market remains tight

17 July 2014

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hong Kong was 3.2% between April and June, up from 3.1% between March and May, according to the latest figures from the Census and Statistics Department.Underemployment, those working in jobs below their education or qualification level, remained uncha...


Australia – Business leaders must cut regulation and remove barriers to grow jobs

16 July 2014

World business leaders say they have a plan for global jobs growth but governments must commit to cutting regulations and knocking down trade barriers, reports The Daily Mail. Four hundred global business leaders have gathered for the Business 20 (B20) summit in Sydney to finalise their recommend...


Korea – Use of recruitment agencies up nearly a third

16 July 2014

As a result of higher worker turnover, Korean companies are increasingly turning to recruiters for help. Requests made to recruiters increased +28.7% in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to job board Job Korea, reports koreajoongangdaily.joins.com.Korea...


South Africa – Labour Minister: Tackling the wage gap is urgent

16 July 2014

Delivering her budget vote speech in Parliament, South African Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant ascribed the hostility in the labour market to a “dynamic labour environment”, adding that there was an urgent need to decrease the wage gap between workers and executives, reports iol.co.za.Ms Oliphan...


Australia – Controversy over need for overseas accountants

16 July 2014

A row has broken out in Australia as to whether or not the country has enough qualified accountants, with claims that there is no need to recruit additional numbers from abroad, reports australiaforum.com.Accountants are listed on the official overseas skilled jobs list, published by the Dep...


Asia-Pacific – Allegis Group finalises acquisition of Talent2

15 July 2014

Allegis Group, the largest staffing firm in the US, announced yesterday that it has completed its acquisition of Talent2, an HR business process outsourcing (BPO) company in the Asia-Pacific region.In September of 2012, Allegis Group formed a joint venture with Morgan & Banks Investments Pty...