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Thailand – Jobstreet to close Thai operations

28 February 2014

Online jobs board JobStreet (JOBST: KLS) announced last night that effective from midnight on 28 February 2014, it will cease its operations with immediate effect in Thailand, according to e27.sg.The company provides online recruitment and human resource management services throughout Asia. JobSt...


New Zealand – Strong labour market growth reported and expected to continue

28 February 2014

Data from the December 2013 quarter indicates that economic recovery in New Zealand is continuing to translate into an improved labour market situation, with growth no longer concentrated in a small number of regions or sectors, according to the latest Labour Market Report from the Department of...


Singapore – Businessman jailed for employing illegal workers

28 February 2014

A Singaporean businessman was sentenced this week to three months’ imprisonment and fined SGD 90,000 (USD 71,067) for hiring foreign employees without valid work passes. Under the law, employers are not allowed to hire any foreigner without first obtaining a valid work pass from the Manpower Mini...


Japan – Staffing giants seek higher pay for temporary workers

27 February 2014

Two of the biggest Japanese staffing companies are seeking higher pay for their temporary workers, reports asia.nikkei.com. For the first time in eight years, Tempstaff, Japan’s second largest recruitment firm is seeking fee increases from all of its customers. The proposed rises would see hourly...


World – CDI Corp posts Q4 and FY revenue growth

27 February 2014

US-based engineering and technology services firm CDI Corp. (CDI: NYSE) surpassed analysts’ expectations yesterday by reporting revenue of USD 277.1 million for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2013, a year-on-year increase of +2.4% from USD 270.5 million a year ago.The company achieved a gr...


India – Temporary workers will make up 10% of the total workforce in 10 years

27 February 2014

The number of temporary workers in India’s organised sector is expected to rise by as many as nine million over the next 10 years. The country, at present, has 1.3 million temporary workers in the organised sector and it is expected that by 2025 10% of India’s total workforce could be working in...


South Africa – Returnees make up 10% of the skilled labour force

27 February 2014

The return of skilled South Africans from abroad has been a boon to the economy. South Africa may have made it difficult for firms to hire skilled foreigners but, fortunately for the sake of the economy, it has not done much to inhibit the flow of skilled South Africans back home. And it should b...


Bahrain – Calls to crack down on human trafficking of migrant workers

27 February 2014

Activists have welcomed news that a company is facing legal action for human trafficking, but say it is just the tip of the iceberg and want Bahraini authorities to follow up with more raids on unscrupulous employers, reports The Gulf Daily News (GDN).Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority...


Angola – ReThink Energy launches training for oil & gas employers

27 February 2014

As part of its on-going commitment to improve the recruitment experience for Angolan nationals and support the country’s ‘Angolanisation’ policy, recruitment firm ReThink Energy, part of ReThink Group, has extended its candidate training courses to include employers.This move follows two successf...


World – Heidrick & Struggles sees weakness in Asia Pacific offset by growth elsewhere

26 February 2014

Chicago-based international executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NASDAQ) reported revenue of USD 122.9 million for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2013, a year-on-year increase of +13.1% from USD 108.7 million in Q4 2012.The company achieved an operating income of USD...