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Peru - Still one of the most rigid labour countries in the world

20 February 2015

Peru has one of the most rigid labour markets in the world, ranking 82 out of 93 countries with regard to difficulties dismissing workers, according to the latest Global Talent Competitive Index published by recruitment firm Adecco.

Carlos San Román, General Manager of Adecco Peru, stated that the difficulties...

New Zealand – Fast-food worker survey reveals the realities of zero-hours contracts

20 February 2015

A major survey of fast-food workers in New Zealand has exposed the reality of “zero-hour Contracts” for workers and some of the myths used to justify them, reports scoop.co.nz.

Over a thousand fast-food union members working for the major brands across New Zealand responded to Unite Union’s online...

Australia – M&T Resources reports strong H1 growth

19 February 2015

Australian recruitment firm M&T Resources reported revenue growth of 15.8% to AUD 42.1 million (USD 32.9 million) during the six months ending 31 December 2014, up from AUD 36.4 million (USD 28.4 million) a year ago. 

(Million) H1 2015 H1 2014 Change
Revenue AUD 42.1 AUD 36.4 ...

South Africa – Recruiters reminded that they can’t charge fees to jobseekers

19 February 2015

Citing clause 15 of the Employment Service Act 2014, which is still to be promulgated, South Africa’s Department of Labour has reiterated that private employment agencies are not permitted to charge jobseekers any fees for services rendered, reports sanews.go.za.

Martin Ratshivhanda, Director of Public...

UAE – Regional job market holding up despite oil slump

19 February 2015

The jobs market in the UAE and across the Middle East appears to be weathering the downturn in oil prices surprisingly well – at least for now, according to surveys by international recruiting firms in the region, reports thenational.ae.

Chris Greaves, Managing Director of Hays UAE, commented: “I...

New Zealand – Labour market testing suspended to meet demand for skilled tourism workers

19 February 2015

Following reports earlier this week that demand for skilled workers in New Zealand has gone up, it has been announced that there will be temporary changes to the immigration rules to help employers in the resort town of Queenstown to recruit much needed staff, reports stuff.co.nz.

A new streamlined visa...

Australia – Ashley Services’ revenue up but acquisition underperforms

18 February 2015

Ashley Services (ASH: ASX), an Australian training and labour hire company, reported revenue for the six months ending 31 December 2014 of AUD 156 million (USD 121.7 million), an increase of 23.9% from AUD 125.9 million (USD 98.2 million) during the same period last year. 

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Asia – Wages rising for Japanese-speaking workers

18 February 2015

Japanese companies expanding overseas are hiring more salespeople and HR staff to help grow their local operations. However, many of the companies are struggling to find people who can communicate in Japanese. With the supply of such employees not keeping pace with demand, a shortage of qualified workers...

New Zealand – Demand for skilled workers up in January

18 February 2015

There were 6.3% more skilled vacancies advertised in New Zealand during January 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the Jobs Online Monthly Report from New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

The strongest increase was reported in the Education & Training...

Singapore – Foreign workers paying thousands to secure construction jobs

18 February 2015

Tougher rules on foreign workers and a slowdown in the construction sector has left thousands of overseas workers stranded in Singapore with rising piles of debt, reports asianewsnet.net.

Overseas workers are paying around SGD 2,000 (USD 1,475) for training courses that will help them pass a test to qualify...