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Indonesia – Employment agencies threaten to stop sending workers to Malaysia

28 January 2015

Indonesian employment agencies have threatened to stop sending workers to Malaysia following a sharp increase in the visa-processing fee. The cost increased from MYR 15 (USD 4) to MYR 250 (USD 69) last month after the process was outsourced to a private company, reports news.asiaone.com. The...


India – Positive hiring outlook for 2015

28 January 2015

Hiring activity grew by 2% across India in 2014, compared with 2013, with Retail and Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) leading the charge, according to the latest RecruiteX report from Indian job board TimesJobs.com.The RecruiteX report shows steady growth in demand, suggesting a...


Singapore – Job market optimism growing employee churn rates

28 January 2015

Employees in Singapore are optimistic about the current employment market and expect job prospects to grow in line with rising market stability. However, this optimism is creating churn in the workforce, and will likely lead to an increase in staff turnover for businesses, according to the 2015 M...


Australia – Employment surge is over, according to Westpac

27 January 2015

Westpac Bank has just released its Jobs Index, a composite of a number of relevant forward looking labour market indicators, which shows an increase to 49.2 in December, up from 48.5 the previous month, reports Business Insider Australia.This is consistent with labour market growth over the past...


Australia – IT staffing set to rise, but not for graduates or 457 visa holders

27 January 2015

While employers across Australia plan to increase their IT budgets and staffing levels this year, salaries are only expected to increase by 1.5%, according to Clicks IT Recruitment in its annual survey on the state of the IT industry.According to the survey, 2015 will be a year in which companies...


Japan – Randstad appoints Director of Professional Search & Selection

27 January 2015

Recruitment giant Randstad (RAND: NA) announced the appointment of Tomoko Konishi as Director of its Professional Search & Selection business in Japan.Based in Tokyo, Ms Konishi will be responsible for the strategic and growth planning of the company’s professional business segments; includin...


Vietnam – Big boost in temporary hiring for festive season

27 January 2015

Companies in Ho Chi Minh City will need 25,000 temporary workers to cope with increased demand as a result of Vietnamese New Year, according to the city’s Centre for Forecasting Human Resource Needs, reports saigon-gpdaily.com.vn.The 25,000 vacancies, an increase of 17% compared with last year, i...


China – Easier access to work permits and green cards planned to attract top foreign experts

26 January 2015

China will expand the favourable visa policies of its 1,000 Talent Plan, which is currently aimed at recruiting long-term and short-term University researchers, to dozens of other programmes nationwide to attract leading professionals to work in the country, reports usa.chinadaily.com.cn.An unnam...


South Africa – Start-up harnessing mobile phone power for jobseekers

26 January 2015

A new recruitment service, Giraffe, has been launched in South Africa with the aim of helping the country’s unemployed find work using their mobile phones, reports venturebarn.com.According to Giraffe, one of the most expensive and time consuming aspects of finding a job is the limited access job...


Nepal – Foreign employment association concerned about biometric health screening

26 January 2015

The Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) has expressed concerns about the government’s decision to begin biometric health screening for workers travelling to Malaysia, reports ekantipur.com.In a statement issued on Saturday, NAFEA urged the government to suspend biometric heal...