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Philippines – Ban on placement fees for migrant workers travelling to New Zealand announced

12 January 2015

Following changes made to the country’s recruitment laws, Filipino migrant workers can no longer be charged exorbitant fees to secure jobs in New Zealand. This has been done in order to bring the Filipino laws in-line with New Zealand’s labour laws, reports stuff.co.nz.Filipino workers had faced...


Japan – J-Com’s staffing division reports growth

9 January 2015

Japanese recruitment firm J-Com Holdings Ltd (2462: JP), which specialises in the provision of staff to the mobile phone industry, reported revenue of JPY 8.6 billion (USD 71.9 million) for the six months ending 30 November 2014, an increase of +37.9% compared with JPY 6.2 billion (USD 51.8 milli...


India – Executive search firms focusing on booming e-commerce sector

9 January 2015

With e-commerce firms across India, such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal fast becoming sought after employers, executive search firms have turned their attention to the rapidly growing e-commerce recruitment market, reports Livemint.E-commerce companies and start-ups have traditionally used sma...


India – Younger workers embracing the benefits of temporary work

9 January 2015

Temporary jobs, or flexi-staffing as it is known in India, have growth in popularity over the past few years for young workers who are gaining an appreciation of the opportunities to work with top companies that offer attractive salaries. Even if it is for a short period of time, reports The Hind...


Bangladesh – Overseas employment up, but disagreement over how much

9 January 2015

Bangladesh’s overseas employment rose by +4% in 2014 following initiatives by the government to increase foreign jobs, reports The Financial Express.The number of overseas jobs stood at 425,684 in 2014 up from 409,253 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET). In...


Japan – Tough market continues for Media Five

8 January 2015

Media Five Co (3824: JP) a software developer and provider of engineers to the IT industry, reported revenue for the six months ending 30 November 2014 of JPY 527 million (USD 4.4 million), an increase of +2.7% compared with JPY 513 million (USD 4.3 million) a year ago.The company reported an ope...


Singapore – Most preferred recruitment firms listed

8 January 2015

Recruit Express, Robert Walters, and PageGroup have emerged as the most preferred recruitment firms overall in Singapore, according to the Vendors of the Year 2014 report published by Asia-based HR publication Human Resources.Recruit Express, which came in second place last year, shot to the top...


Australia – Public sector hiring freeze delivers cash bonanza for recruitment firms

8 January 2015

Recruitment firms reaped a bonanza of more than AUD 100 million (USD 80.7 million) in Commonwealth contracts during 2014, cashing in on the Abbott government's public services’ hiring freeze, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.Spending by government departments soared by nearly +50% last year to A...


Singapore – ZW HR Consulting appoints Managing Director

8 January 2015

ZW HR Consulting, a Chinese mid-senior level staffing solutions and talent management services provider, has appointed Mervin Chui as Managing Director of its Singapore operations.Frank Yu, Chairman of ZW HR Consulting said, “Mervin will be responsible for leading and driving all of ZW HR Consult...


Australia – Proposal to allow temporary overseas workers to work without 457 visa criticised

7 January 2015

A new temporary-entry permit proposed by Australia’s Department of Immigration that would allow overseas workers to stay in the country for a year without a skilled temporary 457 visa will create "open slather" on the Australian labour market. At a time it faces growing unemployment, un...