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Indonesia – Ministry for Manpower proposes collaboration with Singapore on training workers

28 November 2014

Indonesia’s Minister for Manpower, Hanif Dhakiri, has announced that the country hopes to work more closely with Singapore to improve the skills set of Indonesians working abroad, reports asianewsnet.net.  After meeting his visiting counterpart from Singapore, Tan Chuan-Jin, Mr Dhakiri told...


Malaysia – Women chronically underrepresented in the labour market

27 November 2014

Despite various initiatives, the number of Malaysian women employed in the formal workforce has remained stubbornly below 50% for the past 20 years. Women employed in the formal economy, however, earn less than men at every level, according to the Malaysia Human Development Report 2013, reports T...


New Zealand – Demand rising for Australian workers, especially in IT

27 November 2014

With an estimated 50,000 jobs being created in New Zealand over the next two years, many in IT, New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is reaching out across the Tasman Sea to Australia to find workers, reports cio.com.au. New Zealand’s IT industry has the faste...


Middle East – Ebola tests being considered for all foreign workers

27 November 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are considering approving a strategy to tackle Ebola that would include testing all foreign workers, reports arabnews.com. The announcement was made yesterday by Tawfeek Ahmad Khoja, Director General of the GCC’s Health Ministers’ Council. Mr Khoja s...


Singapore – Robots to replace waiters as early as next year

27 November 2014

With a talent crunch biting, customers at Singaporean restaurants can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots instead of waiters by as early as the end of 2015, reports channelnewsasia.com. The flying robots, known as Infinium-Serve, will be launched at five restaurant outlets in Sin...


World – Cost optimisation top priority for CFOs, says PageGroup

26 November 2014

Six-out-of-10 (61%) financial leaders still consider cost optimisation their number on priority, followed closely by process optimisation, according to the 2014 global CFO and Financial Leadership Barometer from PageGroup.Between May and June 2014, nearly 3,000 financial leaders from over 70 coun...


Singapore – Public sector push to attract and retain engineers

26 November 2014

Singapore’s largest employer is stepping up efforts to attract  engineering talent, amid reports that the country needs 1,000 more engineers each year for the next five years to keep public infrastructural projects going, reports business.asiaone.com. The Public Service Division (PSD) i...


UAE – Labour laws to be revised to encourage more Emiratis into the labour market

26 November 2014

Minister for Labour Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash announced yesterday that a revised labour law has been drafted to boost Emirati workforce participation rates. The revised law is  also expected to impact workers in the country’s free zones; which among other things are exempt from import and exp...


Asia – PR firms risk losing top talent

26 November 2014

Following reports that suggest that PR firms in Asia are struggling to retain employees, interim management specialists VMA Group has warned that unless business reassess talent retention strategies, the problem will only worsen.Reports across Asia-Pacific suggest that staff retention is a real i...


Australia – Healthcare sector recruitment boom expected next year

25 November 2014

The healthcare job market in Australia is expected to brighten for nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals in 2015, according to recruiters, reports Nursing Careers Allied Health. Recruitment firms forecast steady employment growth across the health sector next year, as new hospita...