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Japan – Plans afoot to lure more workers

5 February 2014

Japan looks set to open the door to more highly skilled foreign and construction workers, as it tackles a shrinking working population, reports The Telegraph. With one of the world’s most rapidly ageing populations, the demand for labour remains strong, particularly for construction workers as it...


Australia – PageGroup launches specialist recruitment offering

5 February 2014

Following increased demand for property and construction talent in 2013 from employers across Australia, PageGroup has launched a new specialist recruitment offering within its Michael Page business – Property & Construction – in Perth, Western Australia.David George, Regional Director of Mic...


Bahrain – Businessmen protest the expat levy

5 February 2014

A group of angry businessmen in Bahrain are calling for an end to a mandatory tax on foreign workers and have taken their demands to parliament, reports tradearabia.com. They claim that thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have still not recovered from the financial downturn cau...


Japan – Government to subsidise temp-to-perm staffing

4 February 2014

The Japanese government has decided to start providing subsidies for ‘temp-to-permanent staffing’ in fiscal 2014 to improve employment situations for young people, reports the-japan-news.com.Under the new subsidy system, the government will pay cash rewards to staffing agencies if workers gain pe...


Australia – RPO provider HRX acquired by US staffing firm

4 February 2014

Australian recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) firm HRX has been acquired by Seaton, a Chicago-based staffing provider. HRX will join Seaton’s operating brands, which include Staff Management SMX, PeopleScout, and StudentScout.The combined organisation has more than 44,000 employees serving ove...


Saudi Arabia – Fake employees help businesses reach quotas

4 February 2014

Following the ambitious overhaul of the kingdom’s private sector, businesses across Saudi Arabia are reporting big job gains for Saudi nationals. However, some have claimed that businesses are creating fake workers, whose purpose is to draw a salary purely to satisfy government quotas, reports Th...


Japan – Food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies top best employer list

4 February 2014

International recruitment firm Randstad have announced that Meiji Holdings is the best company to work for in Japan, followed by Suntory Holdings and Sony. This marks the third consecutive year that a food, beverage, and tobacco company has been named the best company.Meiji Holdings, through its...


Australia – Pace of job deterioration continues to slow

3 February 2014

Job advertisement numbers fell by -8.9% during January 2014 compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from ANZ Research. However, in trend terms, the month-on-month contraction of -0.3% in January was the slowest rate of monthly decline since early 2012.Internet job adverts fell b...


South Africa – Empowerment code amendments could create more temporary jobs

3 February 2014

The amended Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes published on 11 October 2013 will prove problematic to the current B-BBEE status of many South African businesses, according to labour law specialist, John Botha.“However, businesses that make use of temporary employment services (...


Australia – Demand lifting for accountancy and finance professionals

3 February 2014

The qualified accountancy and finance jobs market has rebounded in Australia as the recruitment freeze lifts, with analysts the most sought after professionals, according to global recruitment firm Hays.Susan Drew, Regional Director for Hays Accountancy & Finance, commented: “Many organisatio...