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Australia – Pace of job deterioration continues to slow

3 February 2014

Job advertisement numbers fell by -8.9% during January 2014 compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from ANZ Research. However, in trend terms, the month-on-month contraction of -0.3% in January was the slowest rate of monthly decline since early 2012.Internet job adverts fell b...


South Africa – Empowerment code amendments could create more temporary jobs

3 February 2014

The amended Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes published on 11 October 2013 will prove problematic to the current B-BBEE status of many South African businesses, according to labour law specialist, John Botha.“However, businesses that make use of temporary employment services (...


Australia – Demand lifting for accountancy and finance professionals

3 February 2014

The qualified accountancy and finance jobs market has rebounded in Australia as the recruitment freeze lifts, with analysts the most sought after professionals, according to global recruitment firm Hays.Susan Drew, Regional Director for Hays Accountancy & Finance, commented: “Many organisatio...


Tonga – Temporary seasonal work boosting economy

3 February 2014

Temporary seasonal work schemes for Pacific Island countries in New Zealand and Australia are bringing substantial economic and social benefits to Tonga, according to Lopeti Senituli the Chief Executive of Tonga’s Ministry of International Affairs, reports radionz.co.nz.New Zealand’s long running...


Tanzania – Ministry of Labour clamping down on exploitative recruitment firms

3 February 2014

The Tanzanian Ministry of Labour and Employment has urged recruitment businesses to register with the relevant government ministry in an attempt to stop the exploitation of workers, reports ippmedia.com.Recruitment firms are a relatively new concept in Tanzania, according to the article, and the...


World – Heidrick & Struggles appoints CEO

3 February 2014

International recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NASDAQ) announced today the appointment of Tracy Wolstencroft to the positions of President and CEO. Interim CEO Jory Marino will continue with the company in a leadership role.Mr Wolstencroft (55) joins Heidrick & Struggles&...


World – Robert Half sees international revenue still in decline

31 January 2014

US-based recruitment firm Robert Half (RHI: NYSE) reported revenue, for the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2013, of USD 1.08 billion, an organic increase of +3.3% compared with USD 1 billion a year ago. The company achieved a gross profit of USD 443.2 million, up from USD 416.4 million.Robert...


World – Kelly plans for growth following positive results

31 January 2014

Kelly Services Inc. (KELYA: NASDAQ) announced revenue of USD 1.39 billion for the fourth quarter ending 29 December 2013, an increase of +0.8% compared with USD 1.38 billion last year. The company achieved a gross profit of USD 231.5 million, a year-on-year rise of +4.1% from a gross profit of US...


Oman – Labour law review announced

31 January 2014

The Oman Ministry of Manpower has convened a committee to discuss the mechanisms of upgrading the Omani Labour Law; so that they meet international labour standards and keep pace with the latest developments in the job market, reports omanobserver.om.A seminar, held at the Oman Tourism College, w...


India – Only a third of graduates are employable

31 January 2014

An assessment of a hundred thousand students on various skills found that only 34% were employable, with women faring better than men in the tests, according to the National Skill Report 2014 survey carried out by Wheebox, an online assessment firm, reports The Economic Times India.The top 10 cit...