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Singapore – New employment law passed

22 November 2013

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) announced that professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs) earning up to SGD 4,500 (USD 3,602) each month would qualify for most employment rights for the first time from the 1 April 2014.The changes form part of a raft of amendments being made to the Employment...


South Africa – The impact of the new labour law

22 November 2013

The most significant review of labour legislation in over forty years is under way in South Africa. Industry expert, John Botha, discussed the impending legislation and the realistic impact on businesses.Mr Botha stated: “It’s done. The new labour legislation is on its way – like it or not. What...


Australia – Heidrick & Struggles acquires Scambler MacGregor

22 November 2013

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles (HSII: NSDQ) announced yesterday the acquisition of Scambler MacGregor, an Australian-based executive search boutique serving the financial services industry.Jory Marino, interim CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, commented on the ac...


Macau – Opaque visa laws may cause staffing problems

22 November 2013

As plans are announced for the expansion of Macau’s Cotai Strip, with its glittering casino-hotels, concerns have been raised about the low unemployment rate and opaque visa system for foreign workers, reports the South China Morning Post.Less than 2% of the permanent residents in the city are un...


Around the Web – Japan’s polarised labour market

22 November 2013

International legal practice Squire Sanders had an interesting take on temporary work in Japan. In an article written by Chiharu Yamamoto, she stated that the increasing use of temporary employment in Japan has polarised the labour market.Writing for online legal publication Lexology, Ms Yamamoto...


India – Randstad streamlines company structure to halt attrition

21 November 2013

Staffing firm Randstad India has effected a quiet organisational restructuring over the last few quarters in a streamlining exercise aimed at curtailing the company’s high attrition rate, reports The Hindu.The worldwide attrition rate of the second largest staffing firm in the world, stands at an...


India – Staffing firms create 5 million jobs in ten years

21 November 2013

India's leading staffing firms have generated over five million jobs in the last 10 years, according to the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), reports the Economic Times India.  Rituparna Chakraborty, Vice President of the ISF, commented: "The flexible staffing industry has now and...


Africa – Kenya presses for better job deals for Africans in the Gulf

21 November 2013

The poor treatment of migrant workers from Africa across the Arab states was at the top of the agenda for the third Africa-Arab summit held this week in Kuwait. The Arabian job market’s unprecedented demand for workers has gradually turned into a crisis from some African states, reports PAN Afric...


Australia – Renewed confidence in Oil & Gas sector

21 November 2013

The Hays Oil & Gas Global Job Index for the third quarter of 2013 showed that business confidence is returning in Australia following the election of the new Coalition government. The Index charts the number of jobs posted on nine oil and gas portals across the world.  In Australasia the...


World – Executive search revenues remain stable with increasing focus on top jobs

20 November 2013

Data from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) for the third quarter of 2013 shows a global increase in the value of senior executive search assignments, reflecting the second quarter trend of an industry focused on recruiting for the most senior management positions.The average...