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Australia – Engineers move to combat temporary worker influx

8 July 2015

Engineers Australia (EA), the peak body representing about 100,000 engineers, is launching a national registration scheme to safeguard the industry against a wave of temporary work visas being issued to fill employment gaps, reports afr.com.

The organisation has been urging state and federal governments...

Australia – Glass ceiling remains intact in vast majority of occupations

8 July 2015

Despite many believing that the gender glass ceiling has broken in a lot of Australia’s industries, a new study has highlighted persistent gender inequality in 95% of the country’s 433 occupations, reports news.com.au.

Analysing 10 million tax returns over five years (2009-2013), Sydney-based start-up...

Free webinar – Best practices for the Asian contingent workforce market

7 July 2015

North America, Europe and Australia have all undertaken the contingent workforce journey prior to Asia. As Asia picks up on the trend Allegis Global Solutions, an industry leader in the provision of contingent workforce solutions, argues there are concepts and ideas that could be taken from the other...

New Zealand – Wage growth set to outstrip Australia

7 July 2015

New Zealanders could be in for a pay rise with wage growth in the country expected to outpace Australia's wage growth over the next few years, according to Nick Tuffley, chief economic at ASB Bank, reports stuff.co.nz.

A Fairfax Media survey of 25 Australian economic forecasters found that the majority...

Nepal – Zero-cost migration policy comes into effect

7 July 2015

Nepal has stopped issuing labour permits to migrant workers whose air tickets and visa fees are not being paid by their prospective employers, reports nepalitimes.com.

The government implemented its zero-cost migration policy from Monday denying migrant workers labour permits to work in Malaysia...

Vietnam – Labour demand at highest level for three years

7 July 2015

Demand for workers rose by 34% in the first half of the year, marking the strongest growth in the last three years, according to a the Online Recruitment Market Report from recruitment firm Vietnam Works, reports vneconomictimes.vn.

Recruitment demand has been growing since 2013, the report noted. Most...

India – Hiring up and set to grow in the media and entertainment sector

7 July 2015

The Indian Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry is entering a strong growth phase, backed by rising consumer payments and advertising revenues across all sectors, according to Indian job board TimesJobs.com.

Advertising revenue for the sector is expected to exceed INR 600 billion (USD 9.5 billion)...

South Africa – Amendments to Labour Relations Act causing turmoil

6 July 2015

South Africa’s temporary employment service (TES) industry has been negatively impacted by the implementation of labour law amendments, with the worst effects felt by workers who have lost jobs en masse, reports iol.co.za.

TES workers are largely medium-skilled and not just unskilled workers. They are...

Australia – Job adverts rise again but further job losses expected

6 July 2015

The number of jobs advertised across Australia increased by 10.8% in June 2015 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s ads survey. The latest rise was below the 14.1% report in May 2015; however, it should be noted that the May figures reflected the strongest...

Brazil – Gi Group acquires outsourcing and BPO firm

6 July 2015

Italian staffing firm Gi Group has acquired Brazil-headquartered business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Holomática. Founded in 1993, the company provides BPO and outsourcing services in the sales, marketing, logistics, HR, administration, quality, and finance sectors.

This latest acquisition, in combination...