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Singapore – Rapid policy changes exacerbating high costs and labour shortages

5 March 2014

Recent moves to raise productivity, restrict foreign labour supply, and increase wages are happening together and too fast, and hurting firms already grappling with high costs and labour shortage, according to Member of Parliament (MP) Inderjit Singh, during the budget debate yesterday, reports t...


Indonesia – Low labour costs and political stability boosting foreign investment

5 March 2014

Indonesia plans to lure investments from companies from Japan and Europe, as political turmoil to Thailand and rising wages in Malaysia boost the attractiveness of the Southeast Asian country, reports the South China Morning Post.Mahendra Siregar, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Co-ordinatin...


Malaysia – Human trafficking victims to be issued temporary employment passes

5 March 2014

Victims of human trafficking in Malaysia will be issued temporary employment work passes to further improve the level of protection accorded to them, reports nst.com.my. Home Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff said that the labour trafficking victims for this pioneer pro...


India – Agile-1 appoints new country manager

5 March 2014

US-based global workforce management solutions company, Agile-1, announced yesterday the expansion of their global operations into Chennai, India. To support the new location, the company has appointed Frank Gordon as the Country Manager to lead their ongoing business development a...


Brazil – Carnival creates 250,000 temporary jobs

5 March 2014

Rio de Janeiro's Samba Schools Parade is billed as the greatest show on earth, but Carnival is also a multimillion dollar business that generates thousands of jobs and injects big money into the local economy, reports cntv.cn.The elite samba schools invest between USD 3.5 million and USD 7 millio...


South Africa – Kelly Group acquires 80% stake in Anglo African Outstaffing

4 March 2014

South African staffing firm Kelly Group (KEL: SJ) has acquired an 80% stake in Anglo African Outstaffing from the Troyleigh Family Trust for ZAR 10.4 million (USD 960,988), reports moneyweb.co.za. Kelly also has an option to acquire the remaining 20% at the end of September 2014.Anglo African was...


Australia – Executive employment growth driven by ICT sector

4 March 2014

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector outstripped every other business and industry sector in the recruitment of executives, with demand in the sector up by +70% in February compared with last year, according to research from executive search firm EL Consult, reports itwire.c...


Singapore – Ministry urged to extend work permit extensions to all permit holders

4 March 2014

The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) has called on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to extend changes in the maximum period of employment (POE) announced in the Budget statement to all work permit holders, regardless of skill level, reports channelnewsasia.com.In the 2014 Budget Statement published on...


Australia – Ongoing caution in Oil & Gas job market

4 March 2014

The Hays Oil & Gas Global Job Index for the fourth quarter of 2013 showed that operators are becoming more cautious about spending due to cost escalation and the financial viability of certain projects in Australia.The Index charts the number of jobs posted on nine oil and gas portals across...


Australia – CTPartners completes Johnson acquisition

3 March 2014

US recruitment firm CTPartners Executive Search (NYSE: CTP), announced today it had successfully completed its acquisition of independent Australian executive search firm Johnson. This marks the third acquisition of an Australian executive search firm by an international company in the past four...