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Australia – KPMG to offer staff expertise to clients on a contingent basis via new marketplace

4 June 2015

KPMG, one of the big-four accounting firms, has launched an online marketplace that will allow the company to offer the services of its staff on a contingent basis to clients for short-term jobs at a discount, reports brw.com.au

The marketplace will operate similarly to Freelancer.com or Airtasker.com...

World – CEOs more concerned about skills shortages than during financial crisis

4 June 2015

CEOs around the world are more concerned about the impact of a skills shortage on their business than at any point in the last six years, according to research by PwC, reports scoop.co.nz.

CEOs are now finding it so difficult to find people with the skills they need to grow their business that three quarters...

South Africa – CSG Holdings achieved strong revenue and profit growth

3 June 2015

CSG Holdings (CSG: JSE), a South Africa-based provider of outsourced personnel services, industrial and mining services, and contract catering and food services, reported revenue for the six months ending 31 March 2015 of ZAR 1.3 billion (USD 105 million), an increase of 21.4% compared with ZAR 1.1 billion...

Indonesia – Technology opening up new ways to find talent

3 June 2015

The number of job boards and recruitment platforms is on the rise in Indonesia, with industry experts predicting that the increase will have a dramatic impact on the way companies and jobseekers find work in the world’s fourth most populous country, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Many companies are...

Singapore – No change to foreign recruitment policy

3 June 2015

About a month into his new role, Singapore’s Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say has refused requests from businesses to reconsider the government’s foreign manpower policy, reports todayonline.com.

Mr Lim made it clear that the government will not waver on its position, and companies ought to stop clinging...

Australia – IT talent shortage could derail projects

3 June 2015

A shortage of IT talent is impacting Australia’s ICT industry, with warnings that the implementation of projects could be delayed by the lack of talent, according to research from recently acquired ICT recruitment firm Greythorn, reports itwire.com.

With the government, ICT, and finance sectors set...

ASEAN – Labour migration: the good, the bad, and the ugly

2 June 2015

The Asean Economic Community (AEC), a free trade area of 10 countries forming the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will be launched at the end of 2015. It will allow the partial free movement of skilled labour between participating nations, something that stands in stark contrast to the current...

India – Demand for talent up during Modi government’s first year

2 June 2015

Demand for talent across India increased by 2% between May 2014 and May 2015; the first year of the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to job board TimesJobs.

This compares with no change in the demand for talent between May 2013 and May 2014;...

Australia – World’s highest minimum wage set to rise

2 June 2015

Australia's 1.86 million lowest-paid workers are getting a lower pay rise this year, with the minimum wage going up by AUD 16 (USD 12.21) a week, reports sbs.com.au. According to research from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia is already home to the world’s...

Malaysia – Lack of family-friendly policies keeping women out of the job market

2 June 2015

“The working environment in our country must be more conducive to attract more women to retain their jobs,” said Johan Merican, CEO of government employment skills agency TalentCorp, reports astroawani.com.

“The female labour participation rate in Malaysia [is] currently at 53.6% in employment;...