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Australia – Chief Executive gives tips to Australian companies in China

2 June 2014

Seek chief executive and co-founder, Andrew Bassat, has advised Australian companies seeking to emulate his success in China's growth market of consumer services that they should appoint a strong local management team, develop an appetite for risk, and stay the course.At the ‘Australia in the Chi...


Oman – Ministry urges firms to observe summer site rules

2 June 2014

Oman's Ministry of Manpower has urged private companies to ensure that they observe bylaws aimed at protecting construction workers from exhaustion through working in the midday heat.From Saturday (1 June), laws came into effect which state that work on sites should stop between midday and 3.30pm...


Japan - Worker shortages rattle recovery

30 May 2014

On first glance, Japan's employment situation looks healthy according to the Wall Street Times. The unemployment rate in April was 3.6%, close to a seven-year low and way below 6.3% in the U.S., data released Friday showed. There were 108 jobs for every 100 people seeking employment....


Australia - Adecco fined for worker's death

30 May 2014

On Thursday, a Canberra court (according to The Canberra Times) convicted two companies – the employer SITA Australia and ‘labour hire’ company Adecco Industrial Pty Ltd – of negligence for failing to comply with safety duties following the death of a worker.Both companies pleaded guilty to the c...


China – Cost advantages for Western companies slowly eroding

30 May 2014

As many countries in the West lament the decline of their manufacturing sectors, China is actively taking steps to accelerate its move up the value chain.As a historically low-cost operating environment, China was once an attractive option for multinational companies seeking to minimise productio...


New Zealand – Engineers top list of hardest jobs to fill

30 May 2014

Following on from our story yesterday about employers struggling to fill jobs, this bad news for businesses may be great news for those whose skills are in demand.Engineers topped the list of the hardest jobs for employers to fill followed by skilled trades, and accounting and finance staff. Info...


Asia - Bond wins large Asia contract

30 May 2014

Bond International Software PLC has won an AUD 1.6 million (USD 1.48 million), three-year deal from an unnamed recruitment company for its Bond Adapt software product.In a statement, the provider of recruitment and human resources software said it won the deal through its Australian office, and t...


South Africa – Kelly Group reports growth following takeover bid

29 May 2014

South African staffing firm Kelly Group (KEL: JNB) yesterday reported revenue for the year ending 31 March 2014 of ZAR 786.3 million (USD 75 million), an increase of +13% compared with ZAR 695.5 million (USD 66.4 million) for the same period last year.The company achieved a gross profit of ZAR 14...


Singapore – USD 2 billion in projects shelved to ease labour shortage

29 May 2014

More than USD 2 billion worth of government projects will be shelved to help ease the shortage of construction workers as the government continues to tighten the inflow of foreign workers, reports businesstimes.com.sg.Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described thes...


Argentina – Labour market remains stable

29 May 2014

The Argentinian labour market has remained stable in the first quarter of the year and will show a similar trend over the next few months, according to a report published yesterday by recruitment giant Adecco, reports The Buenos Aires Herald.The report comes at a time of increased concern about t...