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Singapore – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions opens regional hub

24 April 2015

UK-headquartered global energy recruitment firm Worldwide Recruitment Solutions (WRS) announced that, following the successful launch of their Kurdistan office in 2014, the company has now launched their Asia hub office in Singapore.

This is a strategic move by the business to service their clients’...

Malaysia – Government, not foreign workers, to pay contentious visa renewal fees

24 April 2015

A contentious fee of MYR 35 (USD 9.66) to be paid by foreign workers to a private company for the online renewal of worker permits will be scrapped from 2 May 2015, reports freemalaysiatoday.com

The Cabinet decided that the government would instead pay the cost from the MYR 125 (USD 34.49) levy...

Australia – Rubicor reports revenue growth and Asian expansion

23 April 2015

Australian recruitment firm Rubicor Group (RUB: ASX), in a nine-month trading update for the three quarters ending 31 March 2015, reported revenue growth of 2.3% to AUD 152.6 million (USD 118.4 million).

Gross profit during the period increased by 3.2% to AUD 28 million (USD 21.7 million); while underlying...

India – Adecco launches loyalty scheme and plans for organic growth

23 April 2015

Adecco India has launched a loyalty programme for its temporary workers and staff members in a bid to increase employee engagement and retention, reports business-standard.com.

Angelo Lo Vecchio, who was appointed Country Manager and Managing Partner of Adecco India at the end of 2014, has outlined a...

Taiwan – Labour Ministry supports longer work permits for foreigners

23 April 2015

Taiwan’s Ministry of Labour has voiced its support for a proposal by legislators to increase the total number of years that foreign nationals can work in Taiwan, but only on the condition that such an extension will not affect job opportunities for locals, reports The Taipei Times.

Led by Chinese Nationalist...

Kuwait – Unified contract for expat labourers

23 April 2015

All contacts for expatriate labourers working in Kuwait will be unified and will include special clauses and conditions to protect labourers’ rights, reports The Kuwait Times.

Hind Al-Subaih, Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, advised that the unified contracts will stipulate working...

Malaysia – Employment set to slow in Q2

22 April 2015

Malaysia’s job growth is expected to slow during the second quarter this year, as more employers intend to make fewer hires during this period, compared to the second half of last year, according to a survey from job board Jobstreet, reports themalaymailonline.com.

The Job Outlook survey for Q2 2015...

New Zealand – Online job vacancy numbers up

22 April 2015

The number of skilled vacancies advertised online in New Zealand rose 0.2% for the month of March, and were up 5.8% in the past year to March 2015, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Jobs Online report, reports scoop.co.nz.

The March increase in skilled vacancies...

Australia – Lack of skills the biggest threat to the success of digital delivery

22 April 2015

Australian technology leaders believe that a lack of skills is the biggest threat to the success of digital delivery, according to the Harvey Nash Australia Digital Event Pulse Survey 2015, reports theaustralian.com.au.

The survey also found that IT budgets were growing in line with digital investment...

China – Finance workers in Shanghai the best paid

22 April 2015

The average monthly salary of white-collar workers in Shanghai was the highest in the first quarter in China’s mainland at CNY 6,774 (USD 1,107), according to Chines job board zhaopin.com, reports shanghaidaily.com.

Beijing was second with CNY 6,688 (USD 1,093), marginally beating Shenzhen at CNY 6,682...