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Hong Kong – Lower annual pay rises prompting workers to look elsewhere

26 May 2015

The majority (65%) of workers in Hong Kong received an average pay rise of 4.7% this year, a decrease of 1.2% compared with last year, according to the Jobseeker Salary Report 2015 from job board jobsDB.

Over 40% of respondents indicate that they plan to switch jobs this year, with 80% expecting a pay...

Nepal – Labour costs soar following earthquakes, calls to suspend sending workers overseas

26 May 2015

The cost of hiring construction workers has almost doubled in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, as thousands of workers flee in the wake of the recent earthquakes, reports ekantipur.com.

Nearly 80% of the region’s estimated 300,000 construction workers are believed to have left following the earthquakes....

Korea – Calls for performance-based wage system as companies earnings slide

26 May 2015

Labour costs for South Korea's 30 leading business groups have been rising over the past five years despite a continued slide in their earnings, resulting in increased calls to adopt a performance-based wage system, reports yonhapnews.co.kr.

Labour costs at the large groups; including wage, pension, and...

Australia – Skilled Group renews “unwelcome” merger talks

25 May 2015

Australian staffing firm Skilled Group (SKE: ASX) today confirmed that it is entering into further discussions with Programmed Group; a staffing, maintenance, and project services firm, in relation to a potential combination of the businesses.

The announcement comes four months after Skilled strongly...

Singapore – Highest proportion of highly skilled workers in Asia Pacific

25 May 2015

Singapore has the highest proportion of high-skilled workers across Asia Pacific, according to the Human Capital Report 2015 by Mercer and the World Economic Forum.

More than half (54%) of the country’s workforce is highly skilled, relatively higher than in New Zealand and Australia,...

Singapore – UK’s CIPD partners with local counterpart

25 May 2015

Singapore’s Public Service Division (PSD) has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK’s professional body for HR and people development, to help its HR teams play an active role in building a workforce that is equipped for the future.

The CIPD has just opened...

India – Workers most productive in the morning, least productive after lunch

25 May 2015

The first two hours in the office are the most productive time of day for the majority of workers in India, according to a new survey from JobBuzz, a subsidiary of Indian job board TimesJobs.com. The least productive time is the two-hour period after lunch. 

Over 65% of all respondents said...

India – How to keep temporary workers motivated

22 May 2015

Research recently published by Staffing Industry Analysts showed that only 10% to 20% of organisations make any significant efforts to take a Total Talent Management approach to engaging and motivating their non-employed workforces.

In a recent interview; Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO of Randstad India, predicted...

New Zealand – Invitation-only local freelance platform launched

22 May 2015

A new freelance platform, Yudoozy, catering for freelance designers, project managers, developers, marketing, and writers has been launched in New Zealand, reports stuff.co.nz

Yudoozy is free for freelancers to join but costs NZD 200 (USD 146) a month for employers wanting to find talent. The company...

Vietnam – Calls for increased recruitment transparency

22 May 2015

The recruitment of new employees should be done in a transparent manner, with salary ranges advertised clearly for positions, according to job board Jobstreet.com, reports vietnamnews.vn.

“Transparency in recruitment would also enhance the competitiveness of the country in an international business...