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Australia – Ashley Services posts strong growth following acquisition

29 August 2014

Newly listed Australian staffing firm Ashley Services Group (ASH: ASX) today reported revenue of AUD 287.1 million (USD 268.5 million) for the year ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +63.1%, compared with AUD 176 million (USD 164.6 million) a year ago.Revenue from the company’s labour hire divis...


Australia – Cheaper foreign workers under new government plan

29 August 2014

Australia’s Labour Party has warned that bringing in foreign workers on lower wages would reduce Australian wages. The warning follows reports that the Federal Government plans to ease labour shortages by enabling employers to hire foreign workers on salaries up to -10% below standard rates for s...


Philippines – Appeals to amend labour laws ahead of ASEAN integration

29 August 2014

The Filipino government has appealed to Congress to amend labour laws to better equip Filipino workers for the upcoming Southeast Asian regional integration, reports Business World.Speaking at a briefing in the House of Representatives, Labour Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido asked law...


Hong Kong – Despite labour market growth, jobseekers cautious about finding new jobs

29 August 2014

Hong Kong’s employment market continues to display positive signs of growth and remains highly attractive to jobseekers, according to the 2014/15 Michael Page Hong Kong Employee Intentions Report.Employers in high growth sectors, particularly digital, will have the opportunity to tap into the tal...


Indonesia – President-elect urged to strengthen migrant worker protection

28 August 2014

The Executive Director of Migrant Aid Indonesia, M. Kholili, has urged the country’s President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice-President-elect Jusuf Kalla to create a policy to strengthen the protection of Indonesian migrant workers, reports The Jakarta Post.Mr Kholili stated: “The Jokowi-Kal...


Malaysia – Foreign workers arrested following riot over working conditions

28 August 2014

Malaysian police have arrested 42 men after a riot of up to 1,000, mostly Nepalese, workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory, reports Reuters.The riot broke out in the southern industrial hub of Johor state on Tuesday at a factory run by JCY Internation...


South Africa – Jobseekers prefer using recruitment agencies

28 August 2014

Most jobseekers want to be contacted periodically by potential employers with work opportunities that fit their skills sets and interests, according to the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI), reports The Star.The survey from South African recruitment firm Kelly Group (not to be confused wit...


Latin America – Labour market adding to income inequality

28 August 2014

For about a decade, researchers and policymakers have been saying that the key lesson from the world’s most unequal region in terms of income, Latin America, is that inequality can, and in fact did, decline, reports The Guardian.This is supported by data from the Socio-Economic Database for Latin...


India – ManpowerGroup CEO sees promise and opportunity in India

27 August 2014

In an interview with the Economic Times of India, CEO of ManpowerGroup Mr Prising spoke about the current recruitment environment in India and the country’s high growth potential. “Our third quarter 2014 Manpower Employment Outlook Survey of over 5,000 employers across India indica...


New Zealand – Construction industry booming but salaries stagnate

27 August 2014

The majority (80%) of employers say business activity has increased in New Zealand’s construction industry over the last 12 months but salaries remain steady for most roles, according to the 2014 Hays Construction/New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Salary Guide.David Cleet, Senior Bus...