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Asia Pacific – Randstad partners with mobile employee engagement app REFFIND

18 August 2015

REFFIND (RFN: ASX), a mobile employee engagement app for smartphones, today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Asia Pacific arm of recruitment firm Randstad, who will use REFFIND Employ to target its network of 400,000 IT professionals.Based in Sydney, Australia REFFIND Ltd is ta...


Singapore – Employment Act amended for greater transparency

18 August 2015

Employers in Singapore who do not issue itemised payslips or clearly outline employment terms in writing for their workers can be fined under changes to the law approved by Parliament on Monday, reports straitstimes.com.The amendments to the Employment Act will come into effect on 1 April 2016.In...


ASEAN – Free flow of skilled labour in AEC gets positive response

18 August 2015

A proposal to introduce a free flow of skilled labour in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has received a positive response from member countries. However, a mutual skills recognition scheme across ASEAN will be critical to ensure its success, reports bernama.com.my.Wong Su-Yen, CEO of the Singa...


Asia Pacific – Job vacancies up by a fifth in Q2, as vacancies outnumber jobseekers

17 August 2015

The long-term trend in vacancies continues to outpace the growth in those seeking new jobs, according to the Q2 Asia Pacific Employment Monitor from Morgan McKinley.Vacancies rose by 18% across the region in Q2 2015, compared with Q2 2014. However, those seeking new employment was relatively flat...


New Zealand – Employers focusing too much online missing a third of candidates

17 August 2015

Employers struggling to find the right talent might want to consider peeling their eyes away from job boards and professional networking sites; such as SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, and LinkedIn, according to Bobbi Ryan, Partner at recruitment firm Convergence Partners, reports stuff.co.nz.While the inter...


Australia – Tougher penalties needed to protect overseas workers

17 August 2015

Tougher penalties are needed to protect overseas workers in Australia from businesses that exploit them in terms of working hours and pay, according to a draft report from Australia’s Productivity Commission, reports australiaforum.com.The report noted that permanent and temporary overseas worker...


Australia – Slower wage growth probably saved jobs

17 August 2015

A combination of falling immigration, slower wage growth, and a shift towards the services sector explains why unemployment is holding reasonably steady, according to Christopher Kent, Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, reports abc.net.au.While the most recent official July job...


Taiwan – 104 Corp reports revenue and profit growth

14 August 2015

104 Corp (3130: TT), a Taiwanese company primarily engaged in the operation of online recruitment websites, reported revenue for the second quarter ending 30 June 2015 of TWD 680.7 million (USD 21.8 million), an increase of 8.4% compared with TWD 627.7 million (USD 20.1 million) during the same p...


China – Employers increasingly willing to pay professionals higher salaries

14 August 2015

Employers in China proved more willing to pay higher salaries to attract staff in the second quarter of 2015 as companies got back on the recruitment track, an employment survey from Beijing-based international recruitment and human resources consultancy RMG Selection found, reports The South Chi...


New Zealand – Changes to zero hours contracts criticised

14 August 2015

New employment legislation which includes, among other things, provisions for zero hours contracts, has been tabled in New Zealand’s Parliament, reports radionz.co.nz.In relation to zero hours contracts the bill prohibits certain practices, such as employers no longer being able to require worker...