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Hong Kong – Businesses struggling to source talent

23 January 2014

Hong Kong remains competitively positioned to attract companies looking to establish a presence in Asia, especially multinationals looking to gain a foothold in China, according to the Michael Page Hong Kong 2014 Salary & Employment Forecast. However, talented professionals remain in short su...


Malaysia – Ambitious workers more likely to quit to advance their careers

23 January 2014

Almost seven in 10 (66%) employees in Malaysia plan to leave their job in the next 12 months to advance their career, according to the Game-Changer #3 survey from the 2013/2014 Randstad World of Work Report.The report found that Malaysian employees are among the most ambitious in the re...


South Africa – Minimum wage could give rise to a labour black market

23 January 2014

Economists are warning that employment in South Africa is likely to be adversely affected if the national minimum wage (NMW) policy is implemented, reports moneyweb.co.za. The African National Congress (ANC) proposed a wage floor for all employed South Africans of ZAR 4,500 (USD 415) per month as...


Saudi Arabia – Foreign worker exodus impacting the economy

23 January 2014

The impact of Saudi Arabia's crackdown on illegal foreign workers is spreading through its economy, moving beyond the labour-intensive construction industry to sectors as far afield as banking and telecommunications, reports Reuters.Nearly one million foreign workers, out of an estimate...


Brazil – Job creation at lowest level since 2003

22 January 2014

The number of new jobs created in Brazil during 2013 was at its lowest level since 2003. During the course of the year the economy added 730,687 new jobs, reports economista.com.mx. The reduction in the number of new jobs created follows three years of meagre growth.Despite fewer available jobs,...


South Africa – Five years to investigate a minimum wage

22 January 2014

The South African Department of Labour will devise proposals over the next five years for the introduction of a national minimum wage. They will also look into the provision of retirement savings for workers, as outlined in the National Development Plan and the election manifesto of the African N...


New Zealand – Strong annual jobs growth reported

22 January 2014

A government report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, entitled Jobs Online, revealed strong job growth for skilled workers in December 2013 compared with last year, reports radionz.co.nz. The report analysts figures from the two main online job boards; Seek and Trade Me.A...


Taiwan – Employee loyalty and strong recruitment activity adding to skills shortage

22 January 2014

A positive business outlook coupled with increased tourism from China will generate strong recruitment activity in Taiwan, according to the Michael Page Salary & Employment Forecast 2014 for Taiwan. This is expected to further impact the persisting skills shortage as Taiwanese professionals c...


Brazil – Dillistone launches executive search software

22 January 2014

Dillistone Systems (DSG: LSE) the UK-based supplier of global executive search software, has today announced the launch of its Portuguese version of FileFinder 10. The new version of the product is primarily designed to cater for the large Brazilian executive search market and joins English,...


World – Private employment services are vital in the fight against unemployment

21 January 2014

Unemployment levels around the world are rising, according to the Global Employment Trends 2014 report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO estimates that there were almost 202 million unemployed in 2013, five million more compared with 2012.The bulk of the increase in global...