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New Zealand – ManpowerGroup warns of national skills crisis

3 December 2013

ManpowerGroup has warned that New Zealand is on the brink of a massive skills crisis with demand for some trade roles in the Canterbury region expected to triple in the next 12 months, report scoop.co.nz.As the Christchurch rebuild finally ramps up, construction work has already absorbed most of...


Bahrain – Bill to scrap expat levy rejected

3 December 2013

Members of Bahrain's Shura Council rejected a parliamentary bill to scrap monthly fees for foreign workers in low paid jobs. Public and private sector companies have to pay BHD 10 (USD 26.27) for every expatriate on their books or BHD 5 (USD 13.13) if they employ fewer than five, reports the Gulf...


Australia – Labour force participation of disabled workers falls

3 December 2013

The number of people with a disability participating in the workforce in Australia has fallen in the past 20 years, new figures show, reports ABC News. In 1993, 55% of Australians with a disability were employed, compared to 77% of people without a disability, according to figures from the Austra...


Ethiopia – Recruitment woes delay takeover of power company

3 December 2013

An inability to recruit local manpower is hampering a bid by a consortium, led by PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd, to take over the management of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, reports the Hindu Business Line.Under the contract, the Indian consortium will field six management heads,...


Australia – RCSA announces new board appointments

3 December 2013

The Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) announced its new Board appointments last week in Perth, effective as of 28 November 2013. The RCSA is an industry body for talent management and workforce solutions in Australia and New Zealand.The newly elected president is Robert van S...


India – Frontline Business Solutions’ profits drop

2 December 2013

Mumbai-based human resources solutions provider Frontline Business Solutions (FBSL: IN) reported net sales of RUP 42.4 million (USD 679,967) for the three months ending 30 September 2013, a drop of -21.2% compared with RUP 53.8 million (USD 862,788) for the same period last year.The company repor...


Japan – Recovery lifting demand for temporary workers

2 December 2013

Brisk demand in the Japanese automotive and construction industries is pushing these companies to take on more temporary employees, reports Nikkei. Four major carmakers are increasing their number of temporary staff by approximately +40% compared with April 2013.Toyota boosted temporary staff num...


South Africa – ADvTech CEO to step down

2 December 2013

It has been reported that the CEO of ADvTech Ltd (ADH: SJ), Frank Thompson, is to step down from his position before the end of 2014. Mr Thomson has served as CEO since joining the company in August 2002.The ADvTECH Group operates a number of ‘resourcing’ brands such as Brent Personnel, Cassel &a...


China – High labour costs putting off Japanese businesses

2 December 2013

For the first time in two decades China is no longer the premier destination for investment by Japanese firms due to higher labour costs and increasing political tensions between the two nations, reports channelnewsasia.com.China tumbled to fourth place, according to the Japan Bank for Internatio...


South Korea – Pledge to boost Bangladeshi recruitment

2 December 2013

South Korea has pledged to boost the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers under its Employment Permit System (EPS), reports the Financial Express Bangladesh. The EPS, established in 2004, allows employers who have been unable to hire locally to legally employ foreign workers.The EPS is a scheme whe...