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Vietnam – Low skill, low cost labour strategy undermining the labour market

7 April 2014

Vietnam's abundance of cheap labour has played an increasingly pivotal role in incentivising foreign firms to set up overseas manufacturing operations in the country. However, this low-cost strategy could, in the long-term, hamper the nation's economy and the quality of the labour force, reports...


India – New government could create over two million jobs

7 April 2014

The upcoming general elections are set to play a key role in the job market, with HR experts predicting that a stable government could help create over two million new jobs and boost hiring activities by between +30% and +40% this year, reports businesstoday.intoday.in.According to...


Australia – Rising job adverts early indicator of labour market turnaround

7 April 2014

The number of jobs advertised in March increased by +1.4% following a sharp increase of +4.7% in February, according to a survey from ANZ Bank. While the bank observed that it is difficult to seasonally adjust the early months of the year, the more stable trend number is also positive, up by +1%...


Oman – Private sector lagging behind on ‘Omanisation’

7 April 2014

The private sector believes that the nationalisation of the workforce in the Sultanate is a good decision, but it wants more support from the Government, in general, and the Ministry of Manpower, in particular, throughout the process. Private businesses argue that one of the main challenges facin...


Singapore – Tourism salaries rising fastest in the region

7 April 2014

Pay in the tourism and hospitality sector rose more in Singapore than elsewhere in the region last year, likely due to the labour crunch bedevilling employers, according to a survey from recruitment consultancy ACI, reports The Straits Times.The survey found that workers received a +19.6% increas...


South Africa – Adcorp looking to acquire 100% of Kelly Group

4 April 2014

South Africa’s largest staffing firm Adcorp (ADR: JNB) announced yesterday that it has acquired 29% of contract staffing business Kelly Group (KEL: JSE) and has announced its intention to acquire 100% of the company, reports moneyweb.co.za.Adcorp aims to acquire the remaining 71% for a purchase c...


Asia – EU grants €2 million to fight illegal recruitment

4 April 2014

The European Union yesterday said it had granted €2 million to a project that aims to protect workers from being lured into exploitative employment by unscrupulous recruiters, reports manilastandardtoday.com.The EU said the grant came from its earlier €1.5 million donation to the International Or...


Australia – Freelancer announces acquisition of Ukrainian firm

4 April 2014

Freelancer.com announced the acquisition of Fantero.com, a Ukraine-based virtual content marketplace within the design and freelance communities. Populated with a collection of almost one million unique items of digital content from over 100,000 users, the marketplace specialises in stock photos,...


India – Entry and junior level recruitment to pick up

4 April 2014

Entry level and junior level recruitment is expected to pick up by +2% and +3%, respectively, during the first half of financial year 2014-15 (HY1), according to a report from staffing company TeamLease Services, reports The Times of India.  However, mid-level recruitment, which showed signi...


India – ‘Kidnapped’ recruiter faked abduction

4 April 2014

Following reports yesterday that a recruiter in Kolkata had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom by disgruntled jobseekers, it took police in India less than 24 hours to locate Mr Abhijit Pal who is believed to have staged his abduction, reports The Times of India. According to polic...