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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...


South Africa – Kelly Group’s full year revenue falls but company returns to profit

28 November 2013

Staffing firm Kelly Group (KEL: JNB) yesterday reported revenue for the year ending 30 September 2013, dropping by -1.4% to ZAR 1.42 billion (USD 139.6 million) from ZAR 1.44 billion (USD 141.5 million) in 2012. Gross profit for the year fell by -3.8% to ZAR 297.2 million (USD 29.2 million) from...


Australia – Increased job ads could lead to SEEK upgrading full year forecast

28 November 2013

Australian job board SEEK Ltd (SEK: ASX) reported a slight increase in the number of online job advertisements in the past few months, which could see it deliver a stronger than expected earnings result this financial year, reports sbs.com.au.SEEK had been experiencing a flat to gentle decline in...


Singapore – Major staffing firms banned from hiring foreigners for six months

28 November 2013

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has taken action against firms posting discriminatory job advertisements by banning 15 companies, including 11 recruitment companies, from hiring foreign workers for six months. In addition to the ban, the companies have been instructed by the MoM to publish apologi...


Philippines – Recruitment agencies to help typhoon survivors

28 November 2013

Two recruitment agencies will help at least 500 victims of Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, find work abroad free of charge announced the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), reports gmanetwork.com.Filipino recruitment firm International Skills Development (ISD) has pledge...


Dubai – Ministry of Labour warns it will strictly enforce labour laws

28 November 2013

Two companies have each been fined AED 2.5 million (USD 680,515) for the illegal recruitment of workers, prompting the Ministry of  Labour (MoL) to announce that it will strictly enforce the country’s labour laws, reports the Khaleej Times.Director of the Inspection Department at the MoL’s o...


China – Another U.S. firm investigated for questionable recruitment practices

27 November 2013

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the recruitment practices of global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, as they expand their investigation into whether the recruitment of politically connected Chinese employees has breached U.S. bribery laws, reports Reuters. An unidentified...


South Africa – NES Global Talent opens new office in Cape Town

27 November 2013

Manchester-based technical recruiter, NES Global Talent, has opened a new office in Cape Town to cater for demand in South East Africa, reports bdaily.co.uk. The office will act as NES Global Talent’s regional hub for business activity across South East Africa with company registrations in Mozamb...