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World - Cloud computing driving IT salaries upwards

28 January 2014

The increasing use of cloud computing technologies, such as virtualisation and online storage, as well as additional focus on using online channels to interact with consumers, are driving the demand for IT professionals who are equipped with the requisite skill sets.According to the recent findin...


Singapore – Job vacancy numbers rise despite tough market

27 January 2014

Despite the constrained labour market, there were more job vacancies in September 2013 than the year before, according to a new report released today by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM). The number of job vacancies rose by +9.7%, year-on-year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate...


China – Employees wary of changing job

27 January 2014

Against a backdrop of a sluggish global economy, most Chinese employees played it safe when considering job changes in 2013, according to a survey by Hong Kong headquartered recruitment company, MRIC reports China Daily.Although more than 80% of respondents were presented with opportunities to wo...


Vietnam – Job numbers up and expected to keep rising

27 January 2014

The number of jobs in Vietnam rose by +1.7% during the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, according to a survey conducted by the General Statistics Office and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), reports vietnamnet.vn.One of the reasons behind the rise is the d...


Australia – Skilled workers taking home less pay

27 January 2014

Skilled workers in Western Australia (WA), Australia’s largest state, suffered an average -2.3% drop in their hourly wage during 2013, according to a survey of 21,000 workers in the region by recruitment company Livehire.me, reports au.news.yahoo.com.The worst hit occupations IT and communication...


Qatar – Charterhouse opens new office

27 January 2014

International recruitment firm Charterhouse announced that it has opened a new office in Doha, Qatar. The specialist recruitment consultancy currently has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.Gareth Clayton, Director of Charterhouse, commented: “This is...


Singapore – Business confidence rises but competition for talent grows

24 January 2014

Recruitment firm Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) reported continued recruitment activity across all of their business lines in Singapore during the first half of 2013. The second half of the year saw consistent demand across most industries and functions.Paul Endacott, Managing Director for Ambition in...


Bangladesh – Volatile politics hampering private sector recruitment

24 January 2014

Recruitment in Bangladesh’s private sector almost ground to a halt over the past 12 months, primarily due to the absence of fresh investment and reinvestment by employers, reports the Financial Express Bangladesh.According to private sector insiders, the recent political impasse and unfavourable...


India – Low labour costs still attracting foreign investment

24 January 2014

India remains one of the most attractive destinations for foreign investment, according to a survey from global consultancy agency EY (formerly Ernst and Young), reports the Hindu Business Line. The survey, entitled ‘EY India Attractiveness Survey 2014’, was conducted among 500 foreign investors....


Venezuela – Unions to air grievances during ILO visit

24 January 2014

Employers across Venezuela are bemoaning the rigidity of the labour market, saying that it cripples businesses and leaves the country trailing behind others in terms of productivity, reports the Economist. However, it’s not just the employers that have raised concerns, a growing number of workers...