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Singapore – Automation will lead to a skill shift in the accounting industry

6 January 2016

According to Randstad Singapore, the automation and integration of accounting systems will drive a shift towards more strategic and analytical roles for accounting professionals.

 Randstad states that, with the automation and integration of processes and systems, roles such as general ledger, account...

Singapore – Demand grows for tech workers

6 January 2016

In Singapore, there are nearly 15,000 IT vacancies with the number expected to double, according to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), a government organization responsible for IT growth in Singapore.

ChannelNewsAsia reports that IDA found that there were 150,000 tech professionals...

India – New labour laws to take effect

6 January 2016

India’s Gujarat government will implement new labour laws from January 2016, which will aim take greater control over industries and attempt to minimize employment disputes, according to the economictimes.indiatimes.com.

The Gujarat Labour Laws (Gujarat Amendment) Bill 2015 was passed in February...

Malaysia – 20,000 lost their jobs in 2015 with 2016 outlook worse

5 January 2016

Over 20,000 employees from various sectors lost their jobs in Malaysia in 2015, according to the Malaysia Employers’ Federation (MEF), with the outlook for 2016 deteriorating. 

Shamsuddin Bardan, MEF Executive Director, said that as of last September, over 20,000 jobs were made redundant with the...

India – Trade Unions criticize government for its labour reform practices

5 January 2016

Trade Unions in India have slammed the government for its labour law reform practices and have presented a memorandum to the government, according to the economictimes.indiatimes.com.

Over half a dozen of the trade unions criticized the government for what they call its policy of giving the industry unhindered...

Middle East – Career Development in the Middle East and North Africa

5 January 2016

Bayt.com, an online recruitment technology provider in the Middle East and North Africa has released a study on career development in the region.

Bayt considers career development to be one of the single most important priorities to professionals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the Bayt.com...

Australia – Swedish Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson to visit Australia to discuss labour market

5 January 2016

Swedish Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson will visit Canberra and Sydney on January 10-14, 2015 to study the structure and functioning of the Australian labour market, with a focus on employment services.

From January 10-11, Johansson will visit Canberra, where she will take part in a roundtable...

Hong Kong – Employees optimistic about employer performance in 2016

4 January 2016

According to the Randstad Hong Kong Q4 2015 Workmonitor, three out of five (60%) employees are optimistic about their employer’s performance in 2016.

 However, Hong Kong’s economy has reduced employees’ salary expectations, with half (51%) not expecting a bonus and four in 10 (40%) not expecting...

India – 2016 expected to create 3.5 million job opportunities

4 January 2016

India is expected to see around 3.5 million job opportunities in 2016 thanks to reform initiatives, according to the Hindustan Times.

The reform initiatives include foreign direct investment in some sectors and the ‘Make in India’ government initiative for companies to manufacture their products in...

Philippines – Monster Employment Index shows decline in online hiring

4 January 2016

The Monster Employment Index (MEI) for the Philippines registered a 46% year-on-year decline in online recruitment activities between November 2014 and November 2015.

This decline in online hiring is faster than the 30% year-on-year decrease for the previous month in October and the 16% drop the month...