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Morocco – Young graduates are faced with a growing jobless rate

12 August 2014

Figures from the High Commission for Planning (HCP) have highlighted a rise in unemployment between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014, particularly among youths.The number of jobseekers in Morocco has reached 1,114,000, a rise of 65,000, with 39,000 living in urban areas and 26,000 living in rural areas. The u...


Nigeria - Chartered Institute inaugurates charter to introduce international HR standards

12 August 2014

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) has inaugurated a charter to set national standards for all the core areas of human resource management, such as recruitment, workforce planning, learning and development.The CIPM Charter has placed the responsibility for setting...


Australia – Freelancer revenue up profits down

11 August 2014

Freelancer.com (ASX:FLN), which has set its sights on becoming the amazon.com of the online staffing industry, announced total revenue of AUD 11.9 million (USD 11 million ) up +41% but an operating net loss after tax of AUD 0.6 million (USD 0.55 million) for the first half of the 2014 financial y...


Japan – Fullcast Holdings see a turnround in fortunes

11 August 2014

Japanese recruitment firm Fullcast Holdings Ltd., (4848: JP) has reported revenue for the six months ending 30th June, 2014 of JPY 9.43 billion (USD 92.4 million), a rise of +16% compared with JPY 8.15 billion (USD 80 million) for the same six month period last year.The company reported an operat...


Malaysia - KellyOCG Launches Country’s First HR Professional Certification Programme

11 August 2014

Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group (‘KellyOCG’), announced today that it will lead a private sector initiative to double the pool of professionally certified HR practitioners in 24 months.KellyOCG’s Vice President in Asia Pacific, Anthony Raja Devadoss, says that this initiative is part of...


Singapore - National Jobs Bank vacancies treble in a month

11 August 2014

The national Job Bank has accumulated more than 52,000 job vacancies, less than a month after its launch according to the Straits Times. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), which manages the portal, said that two in three of these positions are for professionals, managers and e...


Australia - Labour market seems to have stalled

8 August 2014

Australia's unemployment rate has reached 6.4%, its highest peak in the last 12 years, reflecting the impact of weakness in China and other major export markets for the country's resources-reliant economy.  It is the first time since 2007 than Australia's unemployment rate has surpassed the...


India – Kerry signals possible improvement to Immigration Bill

8 August 2014

Following US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to India last week, the Financial Express highlights his acknowledgment of the need for changing some of the “discriminatory provisions” of the US Immigration Bill. Kerry also stated that while the Bill is very important to the US, it is highly u...


New Zealand - With jobs up, task is now to keep pay on even keel

8 August 2014

Following the latest labour force survey, showing unemployment down to its lowest level since 2009, a leader in The New Zealand Herald provides an interesting overview of the current jobs market in that country. It reads in part as follows:The economy has been growing strongly since the beginning...


Malaysia - McDonald’s ad against boycott

8 August 2014

Facing a nationwide boycott over alleged links to Israel, McDonald’s Malaysia today placed a full-page advertisement in a local daily to again deny the claims and to put a face to the “real victims” of the consumer activism: its mostly Malay Muslim employees according to the themalaymailonline.co...