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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...


India – Jobs outlook looks bleak

29 November 2013

India’s employment outlook for 2014 remains bleak, despite improvements in the skill levels of new entrants to the job market, reports livemint.com. Only a slight increase of +1.4% in overall hiring numbers was predicted by the India Skills Report 2014, which was compiled by human resou...


Malaysia – Calls to increase flexible working to encourage women to work

29 November 2013

With the lowest female labour force participation rate in Asean, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has urged the government to amend the Employment Act to allow for annually set flexible working hours, reports the Sun Daily.Despite having a higher number of female graduates compared with n...


Thailand – Positive unemployment figures clouding talent shortage concerns

29 November 2013

Unemployment in Southeast Asia currently sits at 4.4% with Thailand reporting one of the lowest in the region at 0.8% as of August, according to Adecco, reports nationmultimedia.com. This compares positively with a global average unemployment rate of 6%; however there are concerns that the positi...


Malaysia – Professional staffing association being established

29 November 2013

Earlier this month, Steve Shepherd, a Ciett board member and regional representative for South Asia, and Junya Suzuki, of the Ciett South-Asia taskforce, met with representatives of various Malaysian staffing agencies for a capacity building workshop. During this workshop, the firs...