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India – Companies increasing background checks on senior hires

23 September 2015

Discrepancies in previous work experience and outright CV fraud, previously thought to be more prevalent at junior and mid-levels, are becoming increasingly common at senior levels, according to the Economic Times of India.

K. Sudarshan, Managing Partner at executive search firm EMA Partners International,...

Singapore - Foreign finance professionals keen to stay permanently

23 September 2015

Foreign finance professionals in Singapore are keen to stay permanently, reflecting the country’s rising appeal as a destination of choice for financial services professionals, according to recruitment firm Astbury Marsden, reports theedgemarkets.com.

Approximately 60% of respondents advised that they...

India – IT managers among the worst paid globally

22 September 2015

Indian IT companies are among the 10 worst salary payers in the world, with a mid-level IT manager earning an annual average of USD 41,213, compared with a Swiss equivalent who earns more than four times as much, according to the Worldwide IT Salary 2015 survey from Indian recruitment firm MyHiringClub.com....

Singapore – Foreign worker jailed for four months for promoting ill-will and hostility

22 September 2015

A Filipino nurse has been jailed for four months after he was convicted of one count under Singapore’s Sedition Act for promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility, and of two counts of providing false information to the police, reports channelnewsasia.com.

In a Facebook post in January 2015, Ello...

Australia – Law firm backtracks over charging junior lawyers for employment

22 September 2015

A law firm in Adelaide has backtracked after announcing earlier this year that it would charge junior lawyers a fee of AUD 22,000 (USD 15,753) to secure a job, reports abc.net.au.

The programme offered law graduates full-time employment for two years, after which they would qualify for an unrestricted...

India – Workplace culture can be “make-or-break” for employees and jobseekers

22 September 2015

The vast majority of professionals in India would choose to work for a company that actively promotes its workplace culture rather than those that don’t, according to a survey from job board JobBuzz.in, a Timesjobs.com company.

The survey found that nearly 90% of working professionals would not work...

South Africa – Private recruitment firms concerned about new state employment service

21 September 2015

The South African government has officially opened its own employment agency but private recruitment firms have expressed concern about the impact on their businesses, reports news24.com.

President Jacob Zuma last month signed the Employment Services Act into law, which in effect set up the public employment...

New Zealand – Slight uptick in job adverts but regional volatility persists

21 September 2015

There were 1.3% more jobs advertised across New Zealand during August 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the SEEK Employment Report. On a month-on-month basis the number of jobs advertised remained steady, rising by just 0.1% compared with July.

Janet Faulding, General Managing...

China – HR leaders focus on talent as headcount expected to grow

21 September 2015

Half (49%) of HR leaders in China expect the size of their workforce to increase over the next 12 months compared with a global average of 48%, according to the Global Insights HR Barometer from recruitment firm Michael Page.

The standout finding is that the HR function is undergoing radical change. From...

Philippines – Labour agreement with New Zealand abolishes placement fees

21 September 2015

A landmark labour cooperation agreement, that implements a no-placement fee policy for overseas Filipino workers going to New Zealand, has been signed by Filipino Labour Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and New Zealand’s Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse, reports manilatimes.net...