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World – Randstad partners with Williams launches Formula One engineering academy

21 November 2014

Formula One (F1) race team Williams have partnered with existing sponsor Randstad to launch a new engineering academy in a bid to nurture the next generation of F1 engineers. The scheme will see Williams mentor up to 10 students each year in a long-term extra-curricular programme. The Randst...


India – Government’s focus on jobs positively impacting jobs market

20 November 2014

Online recruitment across India increased by +16% in October, compared with the same month last year, according to the Monster Employment Index.The employment index for October 2014 was 144, down from 153 in September 2014, but up strongly compared with an index of 124 during October 2013. The Mo...


Japan – Business lobby to call on companies to raise wages

20 November 2014

The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, will encourage wage increases in its guidelines for management when the annual spring labour negotiations begin next year, reports asia.nikkei.com. The Federation aims to draw on corporation, individuals, and local commerce to support corporate ac...


Australia – Improvement showing in the job market

20 November 2014

Following months of negativity, concerns about historically high unemployment rates, and skewed job figures; data from Australia’s Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) showed that job vacancies increased by +12% between October 2013 and October 2014, reports busine...


New Zealand – Employer caught abusing tea break law already

20 November 2014

A New Zealand employer has been caught abusing the country’s newly passed law mere weeks after it was approved by Parliament, In addition to other things, the legislation removes workers’ legal right to tea breaks, reports scoop.co.nz. The so-called “tea break law” was passed at the end of O...


Japan – Recruit Holdings invests in US-based virtual assistant service provider

19 November 2014

Recruit Holdings earlier this week announced that it had invested in Las Vegas-based company Zirtual, which uses crowdsourcing techniques to provide a virtual assistant service to corporate executives.  Through the investment, Recruit Holdings, together with Zirtual, plans to increase the pr...


Australia – Financial services workers move job for career progression

19 November 2014

Australians working in the financial services sector believe they will have to move jobs to improve their chances of career progression, according to the Robert Walters Pay and Bonus Survey, reports moneymanagement.com.au.The survey found that 45% of accountants and financial services professiona...


Korea – Few irregular workers subscribing to social insurance services

19 November 2014

Fewer than one-in-five irregular workers in Korea subscribe to major social insurance services, meaning that many of them could be left unprotected by a social safety net, reports yonhapnews.co.kr. The data from Statistics Korea showed that only 17.3% of temporary and day workers subscribe t...


Japan – The only country employees want to retire later than they have to

19 November 2014

Of the 23 countries surveyed, Japan was the only nation where the age employees want to retire is older than how long they believe they will have to work, according to a report from Randstad Japan, released in honour of Labour Thanksgiving Day on 23 November.According to the results, the average...


Australia – Christmas hiring boosts temporary transport, logistics, and supply chain jobs

19 November 2014

Demand for temporary and contract workers across Australia increased month-on-month by +6.9% in October, largely due to the demand for temporary staff in the lead-up to Christmas, according to the Labourforce Jobs Index from recruitment solutions company Labourforce.The outlook is also good for p...