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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...


Japan – Panasonic looking to sell temporary staffing subsidiary

15 July 2014

Electronics giant Panasonic Corp. is set to sell off its temporary staff service subsidiary, which has a registered workforce of 314,000, according to sources familiar with the deal, reports 4traders.com.The electronic appliance manufacturer is planning to solicit bids for Panasonic Excel St...


World – Ease of sourcing, hiring, and retaining contingent workers ranked globally

15 July 2014

ManpowerGroup Solutions' Managed Service Provider (MSP) TAPFIN, today released its second Contingent Workforce Index (CWI). The CWI measures and tracks the relative ease of sourcing, hiring, and retaining contingent workforce in 75 countries.Hong Kong continues to be the highest-ranked count...


Australia – Indeed joins ITCRA

15 July 2014

The IT Contract & Recruitment Association (ITCRA) announced today that the latest Gold Partner to join the organisation is US-based online job Indeed.com.Julie Mills, CEO of ITCRA commented on the announcement: “ITCRA continues to be excited by new and diverse ways for the industry to be prof...


South Africa – Adcorp plans for acquisitions in emerging markets

14 July 2014

South African staffing firm Adcorp could create the first dominant workforce management group in the emerging markets, according to the company’s annual report released last month, reports bdlive.co.za.Adcorp is currently targeting acquisitions in South Africa and other markets, such as Asia-Paci...


Australia – Rise of the “Super Temp”

14 July 2014

Companies are increasingly hiring experienced executives as interim managers or “super temps” instead of consultants, according to the latest survey by executive search firm Watermark Search International, reports afr.com.The survey found that so-called “super temps” can command more than AU...


Nigeria – Online staffing platform launched

14 July 2014

Nigerian consulting firm, Phillips Consulting Limited, announced the launch of an online staffing platform called Shortlist Nigeria, reports dailytimes.com.ng.Foluso Phillips, Chairman of Phillips Consulting, described the new staffing platform as an online start-up for jobseekers and recruiters....


Qatar – Government shifts migrant abuse blame to recruitment agencies in origin countries

14 July 2014

Qatar, the hosts of the World Cup 2022, who are currently under international criticism over the working conditions of migrant workers, have said that recruitment agencies in Asia were most to blame for any abuse, reports The Himalayan Times.A report commissioned by the Qatar Foundation, chaired...