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Singapore – Job market remains tight

15 June 2015

Singapore’s labour market remained tight during the first quarter of 2015, as the unemployment rate trended lower amid fewer redundancies and job openings, according to the country’s Ministry of Manpower and Statistics Department, reports thestar.com.my.

After five years of strong increases, the department’s...

New Zealand – Rising numbers failing pre-employment drug screening

15 June 2015

Jobseekers in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty are failing pre-employment drug tests, with one recruitment agency saying up to 30% of its clients fail, reports nzherald.co.nz.

At the same time the country’s Drug Detection Agency figures showed 4.8% of all pre-employment drug tests in the Bay of Plenty...

Oman – Companies flouting Ramadan working hours laws to be fined

15 June 2015

Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has announced that fines will be imposed on companies found to be violating the working hour restrictions during the Holy Month of Ramadan, reports The Times of Oman.

With Muslim workers fasting between the hours of sunrise and sunset, the Ministry has imposed a six-hour...

World – Korn Ferry reports record high fee revenue

12 June 2015

Executive search firm Korn Ferry International (KFY: NYSE) reported total revenue for the fourth quarter ending 30 April 2015 of USD 282.2 million, an increase of 8.2% compared with USD 260.8 million. 

  Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14 Change
Total Revenue USD 282.2 million USD 260.8...

Japan – Vote on worker dispatch law delayed after opposition parties try to prevent Chairman entering building

12 June 2015

A committee in the lower house of the National Diet of Japan had been expected today to vote on a bill that would abolish a requirement for companies to either offer temporary workers a permanent contract after three years continuous service or end their contract, reports japantimes.co.jp.

However, parties...

Asia – Corporate communications recruitment expected to grow

12 June 2015

Corporate communications teams across Asia are expected to grow rapidly over the next two years, with three-quarters (73%) of survey respondents expecting their function will also increase in influence, according to annual survey The Pulse from specialist recruitment firm VMA Group.

Almost half (44%)...

Brazil – Accenture donates time and money to help young people find work

12 June 2015

New York-headquartered global management consultancy, technology services, and outsourcing company Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have made a USD 3.3 million grant to Plan International.

The money will be used to help the non-profit provide skills training to 4,000 disadvantaged young people...

Australia – Job ads rise in May strengthened by non-mining states

11 June 2015

There were 8% more jobs advertised across Australia in May 2015 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from job board SEEK. Month-on-month job adverts fell by 3.1% nationally, partially reversing the 4.7% gain recorded in April.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director of...

India – Hiring slowdown reported in May

11 June 2015

Hiring activity in India dipped during May 2015 both when compared with the same month last year and also when compared with April 2015, according to the Naukri Job Speak Index from job board Naukri.com, reports business today.intoday.in.

The Index decreased by 2% compared with May 2014 and was down 4.1%...

Australia – Big bonuses for financial services professionals

11 June 2015

The majority of professionals (93%) in Australia’s financial services sector received a bonus in 2014/2015, with 41% saying that their bonus was higher compared than the previous year, according to the Morgan McKinley Bonus Survey.

The survey, which compared bonus payments between 2013/2014 and 2014/2015...