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South Africa – Critics refute mass temporary job loss claims

18 September 2015

Critics have denied claims made by a University professor that there was a 60-fold increase in the number of temporary workers losing their jobs when South Africa’s labour law was amended in April 2015, reports bdlive.co.za.

The amendment to Section 198 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) cast confusion...

India – “Spouse-hiring” on the rise

18 September 2015

Flouting conventional wisdom, companies in India are increasingly embracing so-called “spouse hiring”, where husbands and wives both work for the same company, reports The Economic Times of India

While companies usually prefer the employees keep their personal and professional lives separate,...

India – Millions apply for a couple of hundred jobs with modest pay

18 September 2015

More than two million jobseekers have applied for just 300 low-level government jobs in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reports express.co.uk.

The job advert states that applicants must have at least a primary school education and be able to ride a bicycle. The monthly salary is advertised as just...

Saudi Arabia – Labour Ministry drafts disability employment legislation

18 September 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour has called opened a 30-day public consultation on draft legislation regarding the employment of people with disabilities, reports arabnews.com.

The Ministry recently posted the legislation on its website, seeking comments from businesspeople and other stakeholders,...

Japan – Temp Holdings acquires contract research organisation

17 September 2015

Temp Holding (2181: JP), the second largest staffing firm in Japan, announced that it will acquire 100% of Media Cross, a Japanese Contract Research Organisation (CRO), which provides support for clinical trials and the research and development of pharmaceutical drugs.

Media Cross specialises in monitoring...

Asia – Are Western expats still required?

17 September 2015

Five years ago, most expats in Asia were Westerners on short-term assignments with generous employment packages. However, according to Lee Quane, Hong Kong-based Regional Director of expat management firm ECA International, only 30% to 40% of expats in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China now fit this description,...

Colombia – Outsourcing market attracting foreign investors

17 September 2015

Colombia’s outsourcing sector is expected to benefit from the growing presence of foreign companies in the country. Foreign direct investment; predominately from Spain, the US, the UK, and Argentina, has increased by 28% in the past few years.

Investors view Colombia as a viable investment from a financial,...

Kazakhstan – Fast paced job market tempered by economic pessimism

17 September 2015

Three-quarters (74%) of jobseekers in Kazakhstan found a new job in less than three months in 2015, and half of them in less than a month, according to figures from recruitment firm Antal International.

It was slightly easier for top level management professionals to find a new job in less than three...

Japan – Immigration may open to unskilled workers

16 September 2015

Japan’s Justice Ministry has drafted a long-term immigration plan that suggests the nation needs to broaden its intake beyond skilled and specialised workers and include unskilled foreign labourers, reports The South China Morning Post.

Amidst concern over labour shortages, a declining population, and...

Australia – Significant growth in IT market expected

16 September 2015

Australia’s IT market is set to experience significant growth this year, as key digital and transformation project kicks off, according to a new survey from specialist IT recruitment firm Greythorn, a ManpowerGroup company.

In particular, Greythorn is seeing an increased demand for User Interface (UI),...