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Indonesia – Pre-employment tests not necessarily the best option

16 September 2015

As companies in Indonesia strive to hire the best and brightest, multinational and national companies have been advised to focus less on the results of pre-employment screening tests.

They are instead being recommended to trust the instincts and expertise of the HR professionals and managers involved...

Malaysia – Recruitment agreement unsigned over concerns about Bangladeshi recruiters

16 September 2015

A government-to-government (G2G) agreement between Malaysia and Bangladesh on the provision of workers was left unsigned this week after the Malaysian delegation expressed concern that criminals may be able to enter the country if private recruitment firms in Bangladesh are involved, reports The Daily...

World – New Zealand tops ManpowerGroup’s contingent workforce engagement index

15 September 2015

New Zealand is the highest ranked country in the world for contingent workforce engagements, followed closely by the United States and Canada, according to the Contingent Workforce Index (CWI) compiled by ManpowerGroup Solutions.

The CWI tracks the relative ease of sourcing, hiring, and retaining contingent...

Greater China – Two-third would turn down job offer following a bad interview

15 September 2015

The majority (67%) of candidates would turn down a job offer after a poor interview experience, with 61% of candidates regarding it as an extremely important factor in shaping their perception of an employer, according to “Optimising the Interview Process to Secure the Best Candidates” the latest...

India – IT sector salaries rising again after nearly a decade of stagnation

15 September 2015

Salaries in the IT sector are on the rise again after remaining stagnant for nearly a decade, reports business-standard.com. 

The growing competition for talent from e-commerce start-ups and the bid to attract the best talent is forcing recruiters to revise their salary proposition.

The average starting...

Singapore – Foreign employment growth slows to seven-year low

15 September 2015

Growth in foreign employment slowed to a seven-year low during the first half of 2015, according to the latest labour market report from Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM), reports channelnewsasia.com.

Foreign employment growth (excluding domestic workers) slowed to 8,000 new jobs in the first six...

China – ManpowerGroup partners with investment firm

14 September 2015

ManpowerGroup (MAN: NYSE) has announced a joint venture with CITICPE (CITIC), one of the largest investment firms in China, to expand ManpowerGroup’s business in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. 

ManpowerGroup will consolidate its existing operations in Greater China and partner...

Singapore – Recruitment slowdown forecast next year

14 September 2015

While recruitment has been only modestly affected by recent stock market turmoil and China’s economic slowdown, recruiters in Singapore have warned that hiring could slow down in the second half of 2016, reports The Straits Times.

Karen Tok, Chief Executive of ScienTec Consulting, told Straits Times...

India – TeamLease plans IPO

14 September 2015

TeamLease Services has filed draft papers with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to raise an estimated INR 4.5 billion (USD 67.7 million) to INR 5 billion (USD 75.3 million) for an initial public offering (IPO) according to the Economic Times of India.

The IPO will comprise of a fresh issue...

India – Government pressing ahead with labour reforms

14 September 2015

Undeterred by opposition from trade unions, the Indian government appears to be moving forward with its labour market reforms, in an effort to boost manufacturing and potentially absorb millions of workers within the next 15 years, reports livemint.com.

The Labour Ministry is understood to have gotten...