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South Africa – Adcorp: Government bungling fuelling skills shortage

16 June 2014

The shortage of skilled workers in South Africa is almost entirely due to government bungling and distrust of the private sector, according to Richard Pike, CEO temporary recruitment firm Adcorp, reports bdlive.co.za. Temporary recruitment is known locally as ‘labour broking’.Public institutions...


Oman – No plans to delay ban on return of expatriate workers

16 June 2014

There is no plan to delay the implementation of the ban on the return of expatriate workers across Oman, according to senior officials, reports The Times of Oman. The Royal Oman Police (ROP) and the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) have refuted all rumours in this regard.Talib Al Dhabari, a public...


Saudi Arabia – Nationals shun ‘low end’ jobs

16 June 2014

The Training and Recruitment Centre at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) announced that there were 11,751 jobs allocated for Saudi nationals across 70 private sector firms, but only 1,760 jobseekers responded to interview calls, reports arabnews.com.It is unclear over what period...


Singapore – Hiring up but through short-term contracts

16 June 2014

Labour market watchers have predicted that companies in Singapore may increase headcount in the coming months, as economic activity picks up towards the end of the year. However, they expect that some of the hiring will lean toward short-term contracts, reports channelnewsasia.com. Human Cap...


World – Rise of the grey-collar worker

16 June 2014

There used to be a clear-cut divide between blue-collar workers and white-collar workers. Originating in the US, blue-collar workers perform manual labour and traditionally wore blue coloured work shirts or uniforms. White-collar workers were traditionally office workers.According to research fro...


Australia – International legal recruitment gaining momentum

13 June 2014

In the last 12 months, the majority of major economic centres have started to show real interest in lawyers coming from Australia and New Zealand, reports lawyersweekly.com.au. Law firms in Asia, the Middle East, the UK, Europe, and New York are particularly focused on securing top-tier lawyers f...


Malaysia – Minimum wage succeeds in boosting local jobseeker numbers

13 June 2014

The introduction of the minimum wages policy has succeeded in encouraging more locals to seek employment in sectors which were previously monopolised by foreigners, said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), Deputy Secretary General, A. Balasubramaniam, reports bernama.com.my.He said that the p...


South Africa – Foreigners beat locals in low level employment

13 June 2014

Foreign migrants in South Africa have a greater chance of finding employment than locals, although they work mainly in low-paid, informal jobs, according to a new study from the African Centre for Migration and Society, reports bdlive.co.za.The key finding bears out anecdotal assumptions that for...


Malaysia – Government embraces crowdsourcing

13 June 2014

In 2011, the Malaysian government planned and approved a far reaching set of reforms aimed at improving the economic standing of the country and its citizens. The reforms, collectively known as Digital Malaysia, aim to derive 17% of the nation’s GDP from the digital economy by 2020, reports crowd...


World – Rise of the silver workforce

13 June 2014

The number of people working past what once would have been considered the traditional retirement age is growing. The swelling ranks of mature workers can teach younger workers a thing or two about the world of work and those willing to listen could find their careers benefitting, reports recruit...