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Saudi Arabia – Calls to delay Saudisation as quotas too difficult to meet

30 January 2015

Business leaders in Saudi Arabia say targets set by the Ministry of Labour under the third phase of its ambitious Nitiqat plan, to get more nationals into private sector employment, are going to be tough to meet, reports constructionweekonline.com.Under the next phase of the Nitaqat programme, du...


New Zealand – Job ads jumped 10% in 2014

29 January 2015

There were more than 20,000 more jobs advertised in New Zealand during 2014, compared with 2013, equating to year-on-year growth of 10%; according to job board SEEK, reports business.scoop.co.nz.Janet Faulding, General Manager of SEEK New Zealand, commented: “2014 was a stellar year with media an...


India – Investment in recruitment sector start-ups continues

29 January 2015

Mumbai-based recruitment start-up Aasaanjobs has raised USD 1.5 million in seed funding from technology venture capital fund IDG Ventures and US-Indian venture firm Inventus Capital Partners, reports The Times of India.Dinesh Goel, co-founder of Aasaanjobs, commented: “We are looking at...


Malaysia – Returning nationals to ease talent crunch in 2015

29 January 2015

The Malaysian employment market is likely to remain largely candidate-driven in 2015, with top performing professionals commanding multiple job opportunities, as well as counter offers, according to the latest annual Global Salary Survey from recruitment firm Robert Walters.Local companies h...


China – Premier pledges to create 10 million jobs

28 January 2015

China`s Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to create at least 10 million new jobs in 2015, despite the slowing of the country’s economic growth last year, which is at its weakest pace for nearly a quarter of a century; reports zeenews.india.com, quoting state run newspaper China Daily.Beijing views h...


Indonesia – Employment agencies threaten to stop sending workers to Malaysia

28 January 2015

Indonesian employment agencies have threatened to stop sending workers to Malaysia following a sharp increase in the visa-processing fee. The cost increased from MYR 15 (USD 4) to MYR 250 (USD 69) last month after the process was outsourced to a private company, reports news.asiaone.com. The...


India – Positive hiring outlook for 2015

28 January 2015

Hiring activity grew by 2% across India in 2014, compared with 2013, with Retail and Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) leading the charge, according to the latest RecruiteX report from Indian job board TimesJobs.com.The RecruiteX report shows steady growth in demand, suggesting a...


Singapore – Job market optimism growing employee churn rates

28 January 2015

Employees in Singapore are optimistic about the current employment market and expect job prospects to grow in line with rising market stability. However, this optimism is creating churn in the workforce, and will likely lead to an increase in staff turnover for businesses, according to the 2015 M...


Australia – Employment surge is over, according to Westpac

27 January 2015

Westpac Bank has just released its Jobs Index, a composite of a number of relevant forward looking labour market indicators, which shows an increase to 49.2 in December, up from 48.5 the previous month, reports Business Insider Australia.This is consistent with labour market growth over the past...


Australia – IT staffing set to rise, but not for graduates or 457 visa holders

27 January 2015

While employers across Australia plan to increase their IT budgets and staffing levels this year, salaries are only expected to increase by 1.5%, according to Clicks IT Recruitment in its annual survey on the state of the IT industry.According to the survey, 2015 will be a year in which companies...