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Qatar – Charterhouse opens new office

27 January 2014

International recruitment firm Charterhouse announced that it has opened a new office in Doha, Qatar. The specialist recruitment consultancy currently has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.Gareth Clayton, Director of Charterhouse, commented: “This is...


Singapore – Business confidence rises but competition for talent grows

24 January 2014

Recruitment firm Ambition Group (AMB: ASX) reported continued recruitment activity across all of their business lines in Singapore during the first half of 2013. The second half of the year saw consistent demand across most industries and functions.Paul Endacott, Managing Director for Ambition in...


Bangladesh – Volatile politics hampering private sector recruitment

24 January 2014

Recruitment in Bangladesh’s private sector almost ground to a halt over the past 12 months, primarily due to the absence of fresh investment and reinvestment by employers, reports the Financial Express Bangladesh.According to private sector insiders, the recent political impasse and unfavourable...


India – Low labour costs still attracting foreign investment

24 January 2014

India remains one of the most attractive destinations for foreign investment, according to a survey from global consultancy agency EY (formerly Ernst and Young), reports the Hindu Business Line. The survey, entitled ‘EY India Attractiveness Survey 2014’, was conducted among 500 foreign investors....


Venezuela – Unions to air grievances during ILO visit

24 January 2014

Employers across Venezuela are bemoaning the rigidity of the labour market, saying that it cripples businesses and leaves the country trailing behind others in terms of productivity, reports the Economist. However, it’s not just the employers that have raised concerns, a growing number of workers...


New Zealand – Economic recovery is lifting salaries

24 January 2014

Employees across New Zealand has been patient with their employers over the past few years, aware that the global financial crisis and subsequent recovery period have created a tough market place. However, according to the New Zealand Herald, the tide is turning and more employees intend to seek...


China – Temporary workers used as the government’s scapegoats

23 January 2014

A culture of blaming temporary workers is rife across China, according to the New York Times. Known locally as lin shi gong, temporary workers are often the de facto scapegoats in times of corporate or governmental scandal.In July 2013, two female traffic police offers got into a fistfight in Heb...


India – Job market stabilising

23 January 2014

India's professional job market has settled over the past year as company redundancies have declined almost by half, and organisations planning to hire candidates in the next quarter are expected to rise, according to a survey from recruitment firm Antal International. The proportion of comp...


Hong Kong – Businesses struggling to source talent

23 January 2014

Hong Kong remains competitively positioned to attract companies looking to establish a presence in Asia, especially multinationals looking to gain a foothold in China, according to the Michael Page Hong Kong 2014 Salary & Employment Forecast. However, talented professionals remain in short su...


Malaysia – Ambitious workers more likely to quit to advance their careers

23 January 2014

Almost seven in 10 (66%) employees in Malaysia plan to leave their job in the next 12 months to advance their career, according to the Game-Changer #3 survey from the 2013/2014 Randstad World of Work Report.The report found that Malaysian employees are among the most ambitious in the re...