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Singapore – Job market optimism growing employee churn rates

28 January 2015

Employees in Singapore are optimistic about the current employment market and expect job prospects to grow in line with rising market stability. However, this optimism is creating churn in the workforce, and will likely lead to an increase in staff turnover for businesses, according to the 2015 Michael...

Australia – Employment surge is over, according to Westpac

27 January 2015

Westpac Bank has just released its Jobs Index, a composite of a number of relevant forward looking labour market indicators, which shows an increase to 49.2 in December, up from 48.5 the previous month, reports Business Insider Australia.

This is consistent with labour market growth over the past six...

Australia – IT staffing set to rise, but not for graduates or 457 visa holders

27 January 2015

While employers across Australia plan to increase their IT budgets and staffing levels this year, salaries are only expected to increase by 1.5%, according to Clicks IT Recruitment in its annual survey on the state of the IT industry.

According to the survey, 2015 will be a year in which companies commit...

Japan – Randstad appoints Director of Professional Search & Selection

27 January 2015

Recruitment giant Randstad (RAND: NA) announced the appointment of Tomoko Konishi as Director of its Professional Search & Selection business in Japan.

Based in Tokyo, Ms Konishi will be responsible for the strategic and growth planning of the company’s professional business segments; including...

Vietnam – Big boost in temporary hiring for festive season

27 January 2015

Companies in Ho Chi Minh City will need 25,000 temporary workers to cope with increased demand as a result of Vietnamese New Year, according to the city’s Centre for Forecasting Human Resource Needs, reports saigon-gpdaily.com.vn.

The 25,000 vacancies, an increase of 17% compared with last year, include...

China – Easier access to work permits and green cards planned to attract top foreign experts

26 January 2015

China will expand the favourable visa policies of its 1,000 Talent Plan, which is currently aimed at recruiting long-term and short-term University researchers, to dozens of other programmes nationwide to attract leading professionals to work in the country, reports usa.chinadaily.com.cn.

An unnamed official...

South Africa – Start-up harnessing mobile phone power for jobseekers

26 January 2015

A new recruitment service, Giraffe, has been launched in South Africa with the aim of helping the country’s unemployed find work using their mobile phones, reports venturebarn.com.

According to Giraffe, one of the most expensive and time consuming aspects of finding a job is the limited access jobseekers...

Nepal – Foreign employment association concerned about biometric health screening

26 January 2015

The Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) has expressed concerns about the government’s decision to begin biometric health screening for workers travelling to Malaysia, reports ekantipur.com.

In a statement issued on Saturday, NAFEA urged the government to suspend biometric health...

Brazil – Sharp drop in job creation

26 January 2015

Job generation in Brazil fell by 64.4% in 2014 compared with 2013, according to the latest data from the country’s Labour Ministry, reports thebricspost.com.

Last year’s figure was the worst since Brazil’s Labour Ministry launched its current job generation measurement system in 2002.  After...

Australia – CML Group’s strong growth stems from non-recruitment division

23 January 2015

Australian recruitment firm CML Group (CGR: ASX) announced in a trading update yesterday that strong growth continued in H1 2015 ending 31 December 2014, with revenue rising by more than 36% to over AUD 84 million (USD 67.9 million), up from AUD 61.6 million (USD 49.8 million) in H1 2014.

The revenue...