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Malaysia – Jobstreet mulling acquisition within the next two years

21 April 2015

Malaysian job board JobStreet Corp, which is still exploring potential new businesses following the disposal of its recruitment business assets, is mulling the acquisition of new businesses within Southeast Asia over the next two years, reports thesundaily.my.

The company is selling its online recruitment...

Japan – Majority of workers believe retirement savings are their responsibility

21 April 2015

The majority (82%) of Japanese workers believe that it is an individual’s responsibility to save for their retirement, not their employer’s. This compares with a global average of 63.7%, according to the Randstad Workmonitor Wave for Q1 2015.

This proportion increases for workers over the age of 55,...

Middle East - Organisations need to plan talent management properly

21 April 2015

Don’t lose sight of your most important asset — staff — as you float into the clouds, warns Jyotl Lalchandani, Group Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey at global ICT market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC), in...

South Africa – Labour brokers to challenge Labour Relations Act amendments

20 April 2015

South African labour brokers, the local terms for temporary staffing firms, intend to go to court in the coming weeks to challenge the recently amended Labour Relations Act, reports bdlive.co.za.

Labour brokers were reportedly surprised by the scale of job losses caused by regulatory changes to their...

India – Demand for staff up by a fifth in March

20 April 2015

Demand for staff increased by 18% in March 2015, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest RecruiteX report from Indian job board TimesJobs.com. However, compared with the previous month, demand for staff decreased by 4%.

On an annual basis, India’s IT and Telecoms sectors reported...

Australia – Freelancer adds local jobs to its platform

20 April 2015

Freelancer Limited (FLN: ASX) is increasing its total addressable market from AUD 75 billion (USD 58.3 billion) to several hundred billion dollars per annum with the launch of Freelancer Local Jobs, reports proactiveinvestors.com.au.

The new feature will use location specific data and matching to further...

Vietnam – Country tops global BPO destination ranking

20 April 2015

Vietnam has taken the lead in the list of the world’s top Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) locations for the first time, according to the report from US-based global real estate advisor Cushman & Wakefield. The list took into account costs, risks, and operational conditions, reports gulf-times.com...

Brazil – After a long delay, vote on outsourcing legislation expected next week

17 April 2015

After more than 10 years of legal uncertainty, Brazil’s Trade Union of Human Resources, Temporary Work, and Outsourcing (FENASERHTT) and the Trade Union of Outsourced and Temporary Employment Services for São Paolo (SINDEPRESTEM) have voiced their support for the adoption of a regulatory framework...

World – Professional and managerial hiring intentions mixed for Q2 2015

17 April 2015

Seven-out-of-10 (68%) businesses around the world are currently hiring at professional and managerial level, while 66% intend to take on additional staff in the coming three months, according to recruitment firm Antal International.

The Antal Global Snapshot is based on surveys and interviews completed...

Australia – Economists cautiously optimistic on jobs

17 April 2015

Economists were pleasantly surprised by the latest jobs data from Australia, which showed that unemployment fell to 6.1% in March 2015, but have still maintained a healthy scepticism, according to news.com.au.

Justin Smirk, of Australian bank Westpac, acknowledged that the jobs market may really have...