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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...

Australia – Employers to be offered cash to place jobseekers in short-term fixed contract roles

31 March 2015

Employment service providers will be offered cash incentives to place jobseekers in both short-term and long-term positions, under changes announced by Australia’s Federal Government, reports The Guardian.

The new “jobactive” system will offer service providers a payment for filling four week-long...

India – RPO taking off

31 March 2015

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO); where service providers handle all, or part of, the recruitment process, is taking off in India, reports mydigitalfc.com.

Moorthy K Uppaluri, Chief Executive Officer of Randstad India, commented: “RPO has been adopted by [multi-national corporations] and Indian...

India – Executive search firms reporting increased demand for female execs

31 March 2015

Companies across India are aggressively trying to improve gender diversity at top management level, with four executive search firms together reporting nearly 100 live searches for female C-suite executives, double the number of such searches the same companies had last year, reports The Times of India...

Japan – Overtime worked by full-time employers hit record high

31 March 2015

Japan has long been known as a place where workers toil for long hours and take few holidays and the latest data from the country’s Labour Ministry has done nothing to alter that stereotype, reports asia.nikkei.com.

The average full-time worker in Japan worked 173 hours of overtime last year, seven...

Australia – Minimum wage rise possible

30 March 2015

Australia’s lowest paid workers could receive almost AUD 1,500 (USD 1,162) extra each year if a push for an increase in the minimum wage is approved, reports probonoaustralia.com.au.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) made a submission to the Fair Work Commission calling on the Abbott Government...

Brazil – Temporary job numbers up in the run up to Easter

30 March 2015

Brazilian companies have created an estimated 84,400 temporary jobs in the run up to Easter. Of those jobs, approximately 14,000 are still available, according to figures from Sindeprestem (Trade Union of Outsourced and Temporary Employment Services for São Paulo) and Fenaserhtt (Trade Union of Human...