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World – Cost optimisation top priority for CFOs, says PageGroup

26 November 2014

Six-out-of-10 (61%) financial leaders still consider cost optimisation their number on priority, followed closely by process optimisation, according to the 2014 global CFO and Financial Leadership Barometer from PageGroup.Between May and June 2014, nearly 3,000 financial leaders from over 70 coun...


Singapore – Public sector push to attract and retain engineers

26 November 2014

Singapore’s largest employer is stepping up efforts to attract  engineering talent, amid reports that the country needs 1,000 more engineers each year for the next five years to keep public infrastructural projects going, reports business.asiaone.com. The Public Service Division (PSD) i...


UAE – Labour laws to be revised to encourage more Emiratis into the labour market

26 November 2014

Minister for Labour Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash announced yesterday that a revised labour law has been drafted to boost Emirati workforce participation rates. The revised law is  also expected to impact workers in the country’s free zones; which among other things are exempt from import and exp...


Asia – PR firms risk losing top talent

26 November 2014

Following reports that suggest that PR firms in Asia are struggling to retain employees, interim management specialists VMA Group has warned that unless business reassess talent retention strategies, the problem will only worsen.Reports across Asia-Pacific suggest that staff retention is a real i...


Australia – Healthcare sector recruitment boom expected next year

25 November 2014

The healthcare job market in Australia is expected to brighten for nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals in 2015, according to recruiters, reports Nursing Careers Allied Health. Recruitment firms forecast steady employment growth across the health sector next year, as new hospita...


Australia – Mind the pay gap

25 November 2014

The gender pay gap in Australia is at its widest in the finance, engineering, and media sectors, where women are paid much less than men because they get smaller bonuses, reports the Australian Financial Review. Figures from mortgage firm Australian-first, reveal that women working at compan...


Sri Lanka – Thousands temporary workers to be made permanent

25 November 2014

Following Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s budget speech last month, proposing that temporary and contract workers who work for more than 180 days in one job be made permanent employees; it has been announced that nearly 5,000 temporary workers at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will b...


Fiji – Foreign employment service to help Fijians find work overseas

25 November 2014

Fiji's Foreign Employment Service (FORES) will select and prepare workers to participate in the first phase of the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme, reports pina.com.fj. FORES was officially launched in July this year to help Fijians find employment overseas. The pr...


Japan – Demand for foreign workers up amid rising tourism

24 November 2014

Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years, following a rise in the number of foreign tourists and a growing number of Japanese companies expanding their business abroad, reports Kyodo News. Globalpower, a Tokyo-based staffing agency that specialises in the p...


Malaysia – Number of foreign workers must be reduced, says Human Resources Minister

24 November 2014

The number of foreign workers in Malaysia has to be reduced, according to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot, reports The Borneo Post. Quoting figures from Malaysia’s Statistics Department, he said that 6.7 million of the more than 30 million people residing in Malaysia are for...