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Asia – Corporate communications recruitment expected to grow

12 June 2015

Corporate communications teams across Asia are expected to grow rapidly over the next two years, with three-quarters (73%) of survey respondents expecting their function will also increase in influence, according to annual survey The Pulse from specialist recruitment firm VMA Group.

Almost half (44%)...

Brazil – Accenture donates time and money to help young people find work

12 June 2015

New York-headquartered global management consultancy, technology services, and outsourcing company Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have made a USD 3.3 million grant to Plan International.

The money will be used to help the non-profit provide skills training to 4,000 disadvantaged young people...

Australia – Job ads rise in May strengthened by non-mining states

11 June 2015

There were 8% more jobs advertised across Australia in May 2015 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest figures from job board SEEK. Month-on-month job adverts fell by 3.1% nationally, partially reversing the 4.7% gain recorded in April.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director of...

India – Hiring slowdown reported in May

11 June 2015

Hiring activity in India dipped during May 2015 both when compared with the same month last year and also when compared with April 2015, according to the Naukri Job Speak Index from job board Naukri.com, reports business today.intoday.in.

The Index decreased by 2% compared with May 2014 and was down 4.1%...

Australia – Big bonuses for financial services professionals

11 June 2015

The majority of professionals (93%) in Australia’s financial services sector received a bonus in 2014/2015, with 41% saying that their bonus was higher compared than the previous year, according to the Morgan McKinley Bonus Survey.

The survey, which compared bonus payments between 2013/2014 and 2014/2015...

Singapore – Expert suggests adjusting foreign labour quotas for some sectors

11 June 2015

An economist has suggested tweaks to Singapore’s foreign worker policy that could bring relief to firms struggling to find staff - as well as other gains, reports business.asiaone.com.

Kit Wei Zheng said adjusting foreign labour quotas to allow certain sectors to hire more foreign workers would help...

Singapore – Employment law compliance up following government initiative

10 June 2015

Increasing numbers of employers from sectors that have traditionally flouted Singapore’s employment laws are becoming more compliant as a result of the government’s WorkRight initiative, reports todayonline.com.

The WorkRight initiative helps employees and employers understand their rights and obligations...

South Africa – Staffing firms should be viewed as strategic partners

10 June 2015

One of the legacies of Apartheid in South Africa is the unequal distribution of wealth between its white and black populations, something that staffing and recruitment firms can help companies address, according to the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO), reports polity.org.za...

World – Labour markets face ‘renewed turbulence’

10 June 2015

The number of labour market entrants is expanding at a rapid rate in emerging and developing economies, while growth in advanced economies is relatively flat, according to Dr Lee Il-houng, president of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, reports nst.com.my.

The 2015 World Employment...

Bangladesh – Private recruitment firms may be permitted to send workers to Malaysia

10 June 2015

Bangladesh’s Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) is holding talks with Malaysia to include private recruitment agencies in the government-to-government (G2G) agreement on sending workers to Malaysia, reports bdnews24.com.

BMET Director General Shamsun Nahar told reporters on Tuesday that...