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Australia – Job market optimism after slight drop in unemployment rate

19 March 2015

The drop in Australia’s unemployment rate is a sign of the continuous trend of the country’s economy shifting away from a mining-led economy to a broader based job market.The unemployment rate for February 2015 dropped to 6.3%, compared with 6.4% in January.Simon Meyer, Director of Michael Page A...


Malaysia – Disabled still make up less than 1% of total workforce

19 March 2015

The number of employees with disabilities working in Malaysia’s public and private sectors has yet to reach its target of 1% of the total working population. Malaysia’s “One Percent Employment Policy” was introduced in 1988, according to therakyatpost.com.Women, Family and Community Development D...


India – Strong start for online hiring in 2015

18 March 2015

Online hiring activity in India registered a significant increase in February, both on monthly as well as yearly basis, driven largely by sectors like telecom and IT, according to the Monster Employment Index.The index, a monthly gauge of the country's online job demand, rose by 13 points (up 8.6...


Australia – Employers abusing overseas visa system to face fines under planned changes

18 March 2015

Employers who accept payments from temporary overseas 457 (skilled) visa holders to stay in Australia will face criminal charges as part of sweeping changes to the temporary visa class to be implemented by the federal government, reports theguardian.com.The Coalition government is considering the...


Japan – Companies set to hire thousands of Bangladeshi workers

18 March 2015

Japan is set to recruit 10,000 Bangladeshi workers soon for its construction, care-giving, and nursing sectors, according to officials, reports thefinancialexpress-bd.com.A Japanese company delegation visited Bangladesh’s Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (EWOE) earlier thi...


Southeast Asia – Talent2 and Allegis expand combined managed services operating businesses

18 March 2015

Allegis Global Solutions; a combination of HR business process outsourcing company Talent2’s managed services provider (MSP) and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) operations and Allegis Group Services, has announced the expansion of its brand into China, Malaysia, and Japan.US-based staffing...


India – Northeast bucks dip in online hiring

17 March 2015

Demand for talent in India decreased by 1% in February 2015, compared with the previous month, due to sluggish hiring momentum across key sectors; including IT/Telecoms, healthcare and Logistics & Warehousing, according to the latest figures from Indian job board TimesJobs.com.The decrease fo...


New Zealand – Jobseekers increasingly turning to social media but employers slow to react

17 March 2015

New Zealanders are increasingly using social media to land a job, with Facebook the preferred website, according to research from recruitment firm Randstad. The research found that 40% of New Zealand jobseekers would use or have used social media to find work, reports stuff.co.nz.Of the nearly 8,...


South Africa – APSO calls of businesses to support the Employment Services Act

17 March 2015

The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO) has welcomed the upcoming finalisation of South Africa’s Employment Services Act (2014).APSO Vice President KC Makhubele said: “We would like to work with government in the implementation of this act and ultimately rid the indus...


Singapore – Flexibility needed to tackle ageism at work

17 March 2015

With a rapidly-ageing population, Singapore has to tackle ageism through a realistic assessment of the labour market, and by encouraging flexibility from both employers and employees, reports channelnewsasia.com.Singapore’s labour market has been persistently tight in recent years. According to t...