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Australia – Unions campaigning to keep labour market testing

2 October 2014

Unions across Australia are campaigning against a proposal to abolish the requirement for employers to advertise jobs locally before filling them with overseas workers on Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visas, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. In June 2013, the former Labour Government passed...


Malaysia – Pasona launches HR consultancy business

1 October 2014

Pasona, one of the largest staffing firms in Japan, announced that it has founded a new company, Pasona HR Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., in Malaysia. The company will provide HR consultancy services to support, predominately Japanese, companies in Malaysia.According to the company’s statement: “Malaysia is...


Malaysia –Jobstreet employees will be retained following acquisition by SEEK

1 October 2014

Following the expected acquisition of Malaysian job board JobStreet by SEEK Asia Investment, a subsidiary of Australian job board SEEK, the company has promised that current employees will be retained, reports bernama.com. Mark Chang, Chief Executive Office of JobStreet, said he had raised t...


India – Companies raided by police over fake employment certificates

1 October 2014

At least seven companies in India have been raided and more than 25 people arrested following reports that jobseekers were buying fake employment certificates, reports the New Indian Express. As many as 25,000 jobseekers are believed to have secured jobs using the fake certificates, with as...


Singapore – Re-employment age to be raised to 67

1 October 2014

Singapore’s Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers (Tricom) has recommended that the government adopt a promotional approach towards raising the re-employment age from 65 to 67 years old.Tricom also recommended that the government provide incentives to encourage companies to re-em...


Kenya – Government strips hundreds of staffing agencies of their licences

30 September 2014

The Kenyan government has defended its decision to revoke the licences of 930 staffing agencies as it seeks to put in place measures to better protect Kenyans working in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, reports standardmedia.co.ke.This decision by the government follows an announcement last...


South Africa – Sage acquires cloud-based recruitment solution SkillsMap

30 September 2014

Business software and services partner, Sage South Africa has acquired cloud-based, end-to-end recruitment solution SkillsMap to broaden its payroll, recruitment, & HR offering. SkillsMap is marketed as an online platform that connects employers in South Africa and the rest of the c...


New Zealand – Subdued Australian economy boosting jobs market

30 September 2014

Flatter international job markets, most notably in Australia, are encouraging more Kiwis and expatriates to explore job opportunities in New Zealand, according to recruitment firm Michael Page.Findings from the Michael Page New Zealand 2014/15 Salary and Employment Forecast revealed that 42% of s...


Australia – Attraction and retention strategies needed to keep prized office support staff

30 September 2014

Retention strategies aimed at office support teams are a key priority for Australian businesses, with more than half (54%) of surveyed employers believing that there will be staff turnover at their company within the next 12 months, according to the 2014/15 Page Personnel Australia Office Support...


Japan – Recruit Holdings announces tentative IPO share price range

29 September 2014

Japan's largest temporary staffing company, Recruit Holdings, has set a tentative price range of JPY 2,800 (USD 25.62) to JPY 3,100 (USD 28.36) per share for its initial public offering, which is scheduled for 16 October 2014, reports Dow Jones.The pricing would give the listing a value of up-to...