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Australia – Job vacancies hit 30-month high

2 April 2015

Job vacancies across Australia rose by 6.3% in the three months to February 2015, compared with the same period last year, hitting their highest levels since late 2012. The increase has been described as a moderately promising sign of improving demand for labour.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Vietnam – Pasona expanding operations in preparation for ASEAN Economic Community

2 April 2015

Japanese recruitment firm Pasona (2168: JP) is expanding its operations in Vietnam in response to Japanese companies bolstering their businesses, as a result of the looming integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

With the launch of the AEC, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

General Employment closes Scribe deal, ex-MPS leader now CEO

1 April 2015

General Employment Enterprises Inc. (NYSE MKT: JOB), an Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based staffing provider, closed on its acquisition of Scribe Solutions Inc., previously  announced in December. Scribe Solutions will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Employment. Scribe provides physicians...

Australia – Twice as many permanent employees got pay rises than temporary workers last year

1 April 2015

More than two thirds (68%) of permanent employees in Australia who responded to the 2015 Morgan McKinley Salary Survey have received a pay increase over the last year.

While the global economy in general has improved, companies still seem squeezed by cost constraints. This is highlighted in Australia...

Taiwan – 104 Corp reports strong annual revenue and profit growth

1 April 2015

104 Corp (3130: TT), a Taiwanese company primarily engaged in the operation of online recruitment websites, reported revenue for the full year ending 31 December 2014 of TWD 2.5 billion (USD 78.7 million), an increase of 12% compared with TWD 2.2 billion (USD 70.3 million) in 2013.  


Philippines – Government proposes dealing only with official, approved Saudi recruiters

1 April 2015

The government of the Philippines is considering dealing only with official recruitment companies and offices approved by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour, rather than individuals as is currently the case, reports arabnews.com.

The move, which aims to ensure the rights of workers are guaranteed, came...

Australia – Ambition Group appoints CFO

1 April 2015

Australian staffing firm Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) today announced the appointment of Laurent Toussaint to the position of Group Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.

Laurent is a qualified Chartered Accountant from South Africa who trained with Deloitte in Johannesburg and then held CFO roles...

Europe – Labour costs lowest in Bulgaria, highest in Denmark

1 April 2015

In 2014, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €24.6 across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) and €29.2 in the Eurozone; according to Eurostat, the statistical body of the EU.

However, this average masks...

UK – Agency workers protesting Swedish derogation offered permanent contracts

1 April 2015

Some agency workers at a distribution depot near Swindon, who were at the centre of a dispute over different rates of pay for agency and permanent workers, could soon become permanent employees, reports the Swindon Advertiser.

More than 400 workers at the DHL depot near Swindon are sourced by employment...

Oil-and-gas companies pay $1.3 million in back wages since 2014

31 March 2015

The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $1.3 million in back wages for more than 1,300 workers in the oil-and-gas industry since it launched an enforcement initiative covering New Mexico and west Texas in 2014, the agency reported Monday.

The division found overtime violations...