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South Africa – Start-up harnessing mobile phone power for jobseekers

26 January 2015

A new recruitment service, Giraffe, has been launched in South Africa with the aim of helping the country’s unemployed find work using their mobile phones, reports venturebarn.com.According to Giraffe, one of the most expensive and time consuming aspects of finding a job is the limited access job...


Nepal – Foreign employment association concerned about biometric health screening

26 January 2015

The Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) has expressed concerns about the government’s decision to begin biometric health screening for workers travelling to Malaysia, reports ekantipur.com.In a statement issued on Saturday, NAFEA urged the government to suspend biometric heal...


Brazil – Sharp drop in job creation

26 January 2015

Job generation in Brazil fell by 64.4% in 2014 compared with 2013, according to the latest data from the country’s Labour Ministry, reports thebricspost.com.Last year’s figure was the worst since Brazil’s Labour Ministry launched its current job generation measurement system in 2002.  After...


Australia – CML Group’s strong growth stems from non-recruitment division

23 January 2015

Australian recruitment firm CML Group (CGR: ASX) announced in a trading update yesterday that strong growth continued in H1 2015 ending 31 December 2014, with revenue rising by more than 36% to over AUD 84 million (USD 67.9 million), up from AUD 61.6 million (USD 49.8 million) in H1 2014.The reve...


South Korea – Temporary workers file class action lawsuit against car manufacturer

23 January 2015

A union representing temporary workers at GM Korea, the country’s second largest car manufacturer, has filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the company should make its temporary workers permanent employees, reports the Korea Times.Fifty-seven members of the GM Temporary Workers Union filed...


World – Private sector services jobs a major source of employment over the next five years

23 January 2015

Private sector services; such as business & administrative services and real estate, will employ more than a third of the global workforce over the next five years, according to new data released by the United Nations’ labour agency.Raymond Torres, a head researcher at the International Labou...


Paraguay - Youth Employment Act has not been properly regulated for two years

23 January 2015

Paraguay’s Youth Labour Promotion Act, also known as Act 4951, which was approved by Congress and enacted by the Executive in June 2013, has still not been implemented almost two years later. The regulation of Act 4951, which is the final step in the implementation process, is still under discuss...


Australia – Skilled Group rejects Programmed’s merger offer

22 January 2015

Australia's biggest workforce provider Skilled Group has rejected a merger bid from rival Programmed, but the suitor is open to making another offer, according to todays’ report in The Australian.Skilled says Programmed's offer to create a AUD700 million (USD572million) staffing and facilities ma...


Singapore - Economic strength and stable growth

22 January 2015

For HR professionals, Singapore and the APAC region represent a fast-moving employment market with 75% of employees enjoying a pay increase in the past 12 months; 2 in 3 employees seeking a new role in 2015; and employees reporting that job satisfaction and career development are the most importa...


China – Lack of bonus forces professionals to seek new jobs

22 January 2015

Many white-collar workers are unhappy with their annual bonuses, and some said their dissatisfaction over the issue will force them to seek new jobs, according to a survey reported in China Daily.Only 40% of employees are expected to receive a bonus for their work performance in 2014, according t...