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Singapore – Expert suggests adjusting foreign labour quotas for some sectors

11 June 2015

An economist has suggested tweaks to Singapore’s foreign worker policy that could bring relief to firms struggling to find staff - as well as other gains, reports business.asiaone.com.

Kit Wei Zheng said adjusting foreign labour quotas to allow certain sectors to hire more foreign workers would help...

Singapore – Employment law compliance up following government initiative

10 June 2015

Increasing numbers of employers from sectors that have traditionally flouted Singapore’s employment laws are becoming more compliant as a result of the government’s WorkRight initiative, reports todayonline.com.

The WorkRight initiative helps employees and employers understand their rights and obligations...

South Africa – Staffing firms should be viewed as strategic partners

10 June 2015

One of the legacies of Apartheid in South Africa is the unequal distribution of wealth between its white and black populations, something that staffing and recruitment firms can help companies address, according to the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO), reports polity.org.za...

World – Labour markets face ‘renewed turbulence’

10 June 2015

The number of labour market entrants is expanding at a rapid rate in emerging and developing economies, while growth in advanced economies is relatively flat, according to Dr Lee Il-houng, president of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, reports nst.com.my.

The 2015 World Employment...

Bangladesh – Private recruitment firms may be permitted to send workers to Malaysia

10 June 2015

Bangladesh’s Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) is holding talks with Malaysia to include private recruitment agencies in the government-to-government (G2G) agreement on sending workers to Malaysia, reports bdnews24.com.

BMET Director General Shamsun Nahar told reporters on Tuesday that...

Australia – Job advert growth hits two-year high in May

9 June 2015

The number of jobs advertised across Australia increased by 14.1% in May 2015 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ANZ Bank’s job ads survey. The latest rise was the strongest recorded for more than two years.

On a month-on-month basis, however, the number of...

India – Rules for hiring contract workers may be eased

9 June 2015

India’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has proposed giving the industrial sector greater flexibility when it comes to hiring contract workers for project-based jobs or short-term assignments, reports business-standard.com.

The proposal, originally submitted in 2003 by the previous NDA...

Australia – Trends changing the face of the global job market

9 June 2015

Technology is changing the face of the global jobs market, according to Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president of job board indeed.com. Speaking with Business Insider, Mr D’Arcy discussed the seven trends changing the global job market as a result of the emergence of the internet economy.

In Australia,...

India – Job market buoyant with employees expecting higher salaries

9 June 2015

India’s job market is buoyant and employees are confident of doing better in the coming months, suggesting that employers will need to fine-tune their strategies to bring in and retain talent, according to a survey from UK-based recruitment agency Michael Page, reports The Economic Times of India.


Japan – Gakujo reports revenue and profit growth

8 June 2015

Japanese recruitment firm Gakujo Co. (2301: JP) reported revenue for the six months ending 30 April 2015 of JPY 2.2 billion (USD 17.7 million), an increase of 11.4% compared with JPY 2 billion (USD 15.9 million) a year ago. 

  H1 2015 H1 2014 Change
Revenue JPY 2,226 million ...