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South Africa - Skills development moving in the wrong direction

10 February 2014

According to the latest Adcorp Employment Index, the South African economy shed 36,620 jobs in January. In the face of significant job losses last month, highly skilled professions stood out as being the only sector in which new jobs were created.However Loane Sharp, labour market economist at Ad...


Oman - 556 labour law violators arrested

10 February 2014

Following our story last week, that Omani companies will be threatened with blacklisting, if they don’t hire locals. The Ministry of Manpower has identified a total 575 workers violating the labour law during the period from the 2nd to the 8th February. The violators included 480 commercial worke...


Australia - Unemployment rate to creep up again

10 February 2014

The unemployment rate for January is forecast to rise to 5.9%, when official jobs figures are released on Thursday, an AAP survey of 12 economists shows. Jobs growth in January is expected to have bounced after a weak result in December but economic growth is still staying at a below average pace...


New Zealand – Finding work in a booming city

10 February 2014

Surveys are trumpeting all-time-high numbers of jobs in Canterbury (New Zeeland’s third largest city) but, according to press.co.nz it is not so easy to get a job outside of retail, hospitality and construction.Statistics New Zealand employment figures released this week show Canterbury's unemplo...


BRIC - Localised talent strategies ‘key to success in the BRICs’

7 February 2014

According to findings by EY (formerly Ernst & Young), if companies in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries are to be more successful in recruiting and retaining talent, they need to understand what professionals value from them as employers. The study ‘Differentiating for...


India - Service Selection Recruitment Board under fire in Kashmir

7 February 2014

The Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) is under fire from unemployed youth for creating confusion as it tries to fill 80,000 jobs for the Kashmir state government according to the Kashmir Monitor (India)Last year, the Chief Minister of Kashmir announced during a public rally that at least...


New Zealand - Job-match website testing the waters

7 February 2014

An online recruitment firm headed by a 23-year- old Australian who has already raised AUD $5 million (USD 4.48 million) for her business has expanded into the New Zealand market according to stuff.co.nz.OneShift, founded by Gen George, was joint winner of the E-Business Award at the Australian Bu...


Myanmar - Fury over mistaken report

7 February 2014

Myanmar's labour ministry was said to be outraged that a newspaper in the former military-ruled state had accused the government of receiving a slice of the HKD 16,000 (USD 2,000+) fee a recruitment agency is charging domestic workers headed for Hong Kong according to the South China Morning Post...


Global - RSA enhances its team

7 February 2014

RSA, the global Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management specialist, has announced three new appointments. After three and a half years as Managing Director of RSA Singapore, in addition to her previous secondment, heading their China operation, Susan Macdonald returns to the Lo...


Australia – Uphill battle to bridge the engineering shortage

6 February 2014

Australia faces a skills shortage in the engineering industry in 2014. As a result of a recent slowdown in major infrastructure projects; local construction and engineering companies have been focusing on handling smaller projects and some of the more senior projects specialists have sought roles...