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Australia – Bluestone Global appoints new director

19 July 2013

Australia-based staffing company Bluestone Global (BUE: ASX) announced that Andrew Plympton has been appointed Non-Executive Director, effective immediately. Mr Plympton replaces Dr Prins Ralston who announced his resignation in early June.“Andrew’s extensive experience in strategy, business, gov...


Malaysia – Malaysian graduates sought from Taiwan

19 July 2013

A recruitment fair in Taipei has attracted 15 companies from Malaysia with the aim of encouraging Malaysian graduates to consider pursuing careers in their home country, according to Focus Taiwan. The job fair will be primarily targeting approximately 2,000 Malaysian students currently studying i...


China – Unemployment a growing priority

18 July 2013

Despite adding an additional 7.25 million jobs during the first half of the year, the slow economy has resulted in China’s leaders focusing more on unemployment levels. The closed nature of Chinese politics makes it challenging to come to precise unemployment figures; however, unemployment is on...


World – Job growth remains weak among G-20

18 July 2013

Almost a third of the 93 million unemployed persons from the G-20 economies have been unemployed for more than a year, according to the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Over the past 12 months, unemployment fell slig...


Hong Kong – Unemployment falls to 3.3%

18 July 2013

Unemployment in Hong Kong fell to 3.3% in the three months to the end June, down from 3.4% between March to May, according to the Census and Statistics Department. The Hong Kong unemployment rate has declined steadily since it peaked at 5.5% in June – August 2009.The Secretary for Labour and Welf...


Japan – Female employment a priority

18 July 2013

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reiterated its recommendation that Japan actively work to increase the number of women in employment. Whilst 92% of men between the ages of 25-54 are employed, female employment for the same age range stands at only 69%. The OECD av...


Peru – Talent shortages hamper recruitment

18 July 2013

Companies across Peru are struggling to recruit technicians, engineers, technologists, and executives, according to research by ManpowerGroup. The talent shortage is impacting 28% of employers who are struggling to find suitably trained skilled workers.   “The new economy of Peru r...


Bangladesh – Overseas work dwindling

18 July 2013

The number of Bangladeshis traveling abroad for work is declining due to the on-going economic crisis. Last year 45,000 workers travelled abroad each month for work. A number that has fallen to between 30,000 and 32,000 this year, according to the Dhaka Tribune.According to the Bureau of Manpower...


World – OECD: Temporary agency work more strictly regulated

17 July 2013

Temporary agency work is more strictly regulated and offers more employment protection compared to fixed-term contracts, according to the latest Economic Outlook Report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).The report finds that among OECD countries regulation of tem...


Hong Kong – Fewer looking to move jobs

17 July 2013

The number of employees looking to change job in Hong Kong has fallen -22.8% since the start of the year to 34.4%, according to a half yearly report by recruitment agency Ambition. Only 16.1% would consider transferring within their current company. The majority of respondents would search using...