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Australia – Bluestone announces restructure plan and appointments

17 December 2013

International recruitment firm Bluestone Global Ltd (BUE: ASX) announced today that the company has commenced a financial and operational restructuring and the appointment of a new CEO and director.In the company’s most recent financial statement, the company reported a dramatic -14.8% fall in re...


World – Pay rises to weaken in 2014

17 December 2013

Salary rises across the world are expected to weaken according to the latest pay forecast data from global management consultancy, Hay Group. Salaries are set to increase by +5.2% on average but rises for 2014 are expected to average -0.3 percentage points less than last year’s forecast of +5.5%....


Malaysia – 2013 was a tough year for jobseekers

17 December 2013

The number of employers who think the prospect for job growth was better than the previous year fell from 40% last year to 34% this year, according to the Job Outlook Report 2013 from online job board Jobstreet, reports the malaymailonline.com.  The report showed that Malaysians had a harder...


Malaysia – Who is responsible for protecting migrant workers?

17 December 2013

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates that, globally, there are 214 million migrant workers; 10.2 million of whom reside in south-east Asia, according to the IOM 2010 analysis, reports Linda Lumayag, lecturer at the University of Malaya for themalaysianinsider.com.Migrant w...


India – Recruitment to pick up after the general election

16 December 2013

The recruitment trend in India, which has experienced a challenging climate during the past year, is likely to pick up from mid-2014 after the general elections, according to experts, reports the Business Standard.Nilay Khandelwal, Director of Michael Page India, told the Press Trust of Indi...


Singapore – No restrictions imposed on south-east Asian recruitment

16 December 2013

The Singapore government has not imposed any restrictions on the recruitment of overseas employees from south Asia, said Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Manpower Minister, in a comment to Channel News Asia.The Minister said: “Several employees have raised their concern in this regard at outreach sessions a...


Indonesia – Rising labour costs could discourage investment

16 December 2013

There are concerns that the current account deficit of Indonesia could hit USD 31 billion by the end of the year and the -19% devaluation of the rupiah has also taken its toll on investor confidence, according to a survey carried out by the British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia, reports the Borne...


World – AESC CEO announces retirement in 2014

16 December 2013

In a joint release today, long-time AESC CEO Peter Felix and board chair, James Hertlein, a Houston-based managing partner with Boyden Global Executive Search, announced Peter’s planned retirement next year as Chief Executive of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).Mr Hertlein n...


Australia – Top talent trends for 2014

16 December 2013

Multi-level knowledge, working out which ‘Big Data’ skills are actually needed, and a better understanding of social media as a channel are among the talent trends that will shape the recruitment landscape in Australia in 2014, according to recruitment firm Hays. Nick Deligiannis, Managing D...


Japan – Ministry plans to ease restriction on staffing firms

13 December 2013

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare plans to revise a rule to limit temporary staffing periods to up to three years, officials said on Thursday.All workers with open-ended contracts with staffing agencies will be exempted from the rule and be allowed to continue to work at the sam...