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EMEA – Pontoon expands leadership team

11 June 2014

Workforce solutions company Pontoon, a subsidiary of global recruitment giant Adecco, announced an appointment to its European, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) leadership team as well as a role expansion for the organisation’s global CFO.Adrian Cross will join Pontoon as the Senior Vice President...


South Africa – Temporary staffing outpaces permanent employment

10 June 2014

One of the anomalies of the past few years, according to South Africa’s largest staffing firm Adcorp, is that despite legislation that was intended to either reduce the use of temporary workers or raise the cost of hiring them, temporary employment has continued to grow.Across South Africa’s whol...


Australia – Jobs ads decline sharply in May

10 June 2014

The number of job adverts in Australia fell during May for the first time in five months, according to the latest report from ANZ Bank. Compared with April 2014, the number of adverts declined by -5.6%, coinciding with a deterioration in consumer confidence. Year-on-year the number of job adverts...


India – Online recruitment up +19% in May

10 June 2014

Online recruitment across India rose by +19% during May, compared with the same month last year, registering the highest year-on-year growth since February 2013, according to the Monster Employment Index.In May 2014 the Index was 151, on par with March and April 2014, but up against 127 in May 20...


Nepal – Employment Agencies’ forum calls for halt to visa processing fee increases

10 June 2014

The Progressive Forum of Foreign Employment Agencies (PFFEAN) in Nepal has urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to intervene and take diplomatic action to force visa processing company VLN Nepal to rescind its decision to increase its visa processing fee, reports myrepublica.com.VLN Nepal...


Oman – Expat worker numbers more than double over 10 years

10 June 2014

The number of expat workers in the Sultanate has more than doubled in a decade, with the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) attributing it to the large number of development projects currently being implemented in the country, reports The Times of Oman.According to the latest statistics...


India – Industry and labour unions gear up for battle over labour law revamp

9 June 2014

Expectations are running high that India’s newly elected government will simplify the nation's labour laws to boost employment and improve the quality of work, reports The Economic Times of India. The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) manifesto, which refers to the labour force as ‘The pillar of our g...


Saudi Arabia – ‘Saudisation’ rules eased for high performing companies

9 June 2014

The Saudi Labour Ministry announced Sunday that it would allow firms in the high and medium Green categories of Nitaqat to recruit foreign workers required for the expansion of their business activities, reports arabnews.com.It was added that companies in the lower Green, Yellow, and Red categori...


India – IBM the biggest spender on temporary IT workers

9 June 2014

IBM is the biggest spender on IT contract workers in India, with a spend that is almost double that of other companies, reports The Times of India. The New York-based technology company spends over USD 150 million annually to hire contract IT staff, which is estimated to be more than 15% of its o...


Egypt – ILO removes country from blacklist

9 June 2014

The Committee for International Labour Standards, a committee of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has said that Egypt will no longer be included in its list of countries violating international labour conventions and recommendations, known as the blacklist, reports weekly.ahram.org.eg...