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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...

Australia – Surge in Indians, Chinese, and Brits applying for skilled worker visas

6 July 2015

The number of applications for 457 (skilled) work visas has increased by 15% in a year; with Indian, British, and Chinese workers in particular queuing up to work in Australia, reports theaustralian.com.au.

Australia’s Immigration Department has approved work visas for thousands of engineers and nurses...

ASEAN – The future labour powerhouse

3 July 2015

The structural change in the East Asian labour market and rising wages in China will shift a lot of labour towards Southeast Asian countries, especially the ones that still have low labour costs, experts say, reports menafn.com.

With wages in China increasing by 6.9% per annum, according to a Standard...