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Australia - 2014: The year that was - in workplace relations

24 December 2014

The following is a round up of the principal developments in workplace relations law from Tim Greenall, Michelle Dawson and Emily Dempster of Madgwicks

2014 has been rife with changes and developments to the workplace relations landscape. It would be an almost impossible task comprehensively to list all...

Global – Oil & Gas Jobs may be slashed in 2015

24 December 2014

With the price of oil in the region of USD 60 a barrel and OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), the producers’ cartel, underlining the looming supply glut facing oil markets, the prospects for jobs in the industry are at their worst for some time. It comes amid surging US shale...

Saudi Arabia – New Company formed as the government states its policy

24 December 2014

A Saudi manpower recruitment company, Dar Al-Estiqdam, will be set up soon with a capital of SAR100 million (USD 27 million) in Jeddah, according to a decree issued by Commerce and Industry Minister as reported by Arab News.

The capital of SAR100 million will be divided into 10 million shares with a face...

Japan – Three IPO’s in December

23 December 2014

Following the Recruit Holdings IPO in October, this month sees the initial public offering of three Japanese HR firms. 

Yesterday, Interworks (6032:TYO), listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. According to the Nikkei Report, the company's main line of business is selling classified advertisements to...

India – Focus on existing talent

23 December 2014

India will soon face one of the fiercest battles for talent, according to top global expert on talent and leadership, Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, a senior adviser at Egon Zehnder. In an interview with Economic Times the author of 'It's Not the How or the What but the Who' and 'Great People Decisions',...

Global - Heidrick & Struggles promotes eight to partner

23 December 2014

Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII), the executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services company, today announced the promotion of eight consultants to partner, as well as 14 newly promoted principal consultants, effective on the 1st January, 2015 from all areas of the world...

India – The Intelligence Bureau …is not recruiting

23 December 2014

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a public warning that fake jobs are being offered in the intelligence agency according to the Economic Times of India.  In scenes reminiscent of the Bollywood movie 'Special 26' in which a racket for fake jobs in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was...

Bahrain – Workers ‘snubbing jobs in the hospitality sector’

22 December 2014

Prejudice against work in the hospitality sector is preventing Bahrainis from finding jobs, despite 5,000 vacancies being posted by the Labour Ministry every month, according to the Minister.

Around 2,000 Bahrainis gained employment every month on "reasonable pay" despite many snubbing the service...

New Zealand - Medium to long term employment outlook up to 2018

22 December 2014

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released ‘Looking Ahead to 2023’, its medium to long term employment outlook report. The organisation forecasts employment growth to remain above the long-run average in the medium-term (to 2018) but decline afterwards. Growth will be...

Taiwan - Unemployment falls to seven year low

22 December 2014

Taiwan's unemployment fell slightly to 3.89% in November, the lowest monthly rate in 7 years; the island's statistics authority said today.

 The figure represents a monthly fall of 0.06 percentage points as the labour participation rate recorded an increase of 0.02 points or 17,000 people, to 58.66%,...