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Australia – Employers abusing overseas visa system to face fines under planned changes

18 March 2015

Employers who accept payments from temporary overseas 457 (skilled) visa holders to stay in Australia will face criminal charges as part of sweeping changes to the temporary visa class to be implemented by the federal government, reports theguardian.com.

The Coalition government is considering the recommendations...


Japan – Companies set to hire thousands of Bangladeshi workers

18 March 2015

Japan is set to recruit 10,000 Bangladeshi workers soon for its construction, care-giving, and nursing sectors, according to officials, reports thefinancialexpress-bd.com.

A Japanese company delegation visited Bangladesh’s Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (EWOE) earlier this...


Southeast Asia – Talent2 and Allegis expand combined managed services operating businesses

18 March 2015

Allegis Global Solutions; a combination of HR business process outsourcing company Talent2’s managed services provider (MSP) and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) operations and Allegis Group Services, has announced the expansion of its brand into China, Malaysia, and Japan.

US-based staffing firm...


India – Northeast bucks dip in online hiring

17 March 2015

Demand for talent in India decreased by 1% in February 2015, compared with the previous month, due to sluggish hiring momentum across key sectors; including IT/Telecoms, healthcare and Logistics & Warehousing, according to the latest figures from Indian job board TimesJobs.com.

The decrease follows...


New Zealand – Jobseekers increasingly turning to social media but employers slow to react

17 March 2015

New Zealanders are increasingly using social media to land a job, with Facebook the preferred website, according to research from recruitment firm Randstad. The research found that 40% of New Zealand jobseekers would use or have used social media to find work, reports stuff.co.nz.

Of the nearly 8,000...


South Africa – APSO calls of businesses to support the Employment Services Act

17 March 2015

The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO) has welcomed the upcoming finalisation of South Africa’s Employment Services Act (2014).

APSO Vice President KC Makhubele said: “We would like to work with government in the implementation of this act and ultimately rid the industry...


Singapore – Flexibility needed to tackle ageism at work

17 March 2015

With a rapidly-ageing population, Singapore has to tackle ageism through a realistic assessment of the labour market, and by encouraging flexibility from both employers and employees, reports channelnewsasia.com.

Singapore’s labour market has been persistently tight in recent years. According to the...


Japan – Permanent recruitment boosts Artner’s full year results

16 March 2015

Japanese recruitment firm Artner (2163: JP) reported revenue of JPY 4.3 billion (USD 35.3 million) for the year ending 31 January 2015, an increase of 11.2% compared with JPY 3.9 billion (USD 23.5 million) last year.

  FY 2014 FY 2013 Change
Revenue JPY 4.3 billion JPY 3.9...


Australia – Make it easier to sack workers, demands employers’ group

16 March 2015

Bosses should be able to sack workers more easily, according to one of Australia's biggest employer groups Ai Group. The group submitted their recommendations, which if enacted could dramatically change Australia’s industrial landscape, to the Productivity Commission's review of the Fair Work laws,...


Australia – Job market disconnect between employers and workers

16 March 2015

The Adecco Employment and Talent Report 2015 was released recently, revealing that Australia’s temporary employment market is continuing to grow. And while two-thirds of Australians are seeking permanent roles, there are over 3.5 million temporary jobs available despite the 12 year unemployment...