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Japan – Outsourcing partners with Fujitsu to launch joint venture

25 March 2019

Japanese staffing firm Outsourcing Inc. announced that its subsidiary Outsourcing Technology and Fujitsu, Japan-based multinational IT services company, have jointly established a new company named Fujitsu General OS Technology Limited.

The investment ratio for the joint venture will see a 60% investment...


Japan – A third of businesses plan to recruit more graduates in 2020 (The Japan Times)

25 March 2019

Approximately 30% of Japanese companies plan to hire more new graduates in spring of next year than they did this year, reports The Japan Times citing survey data from Jiji Press. Of the 100 companies that were surveyed about their recruitment plans, 39 of them have no plans to change the number of new...


China – Alibaba and Tencent partner with automakers to launch $1.5 billion ride-sharing venture (Reuters)

25 March 2019

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, investment firm Tencent and China-based retailer Suning have teamed up with automakers to set up a $1.5 billion Chinese ride-hailing venture, in a move to rival the market dominance of human cloud ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing, reports Reuters. Among the automakers...


Japan – Government signs labour agreement with Nepal (Setopati)

25 March 2019

Nepal and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation that will see Nepal send workers to Japan, reports Setopati. Last year, Japan’s cabinet approved draft legislation to bring in overseas blue-collar workers in sectors struggling with labour shortages. From 1 April 2019, Japan will accept...


India – Supreme Court allows appeal against regularising casual workers for the Border Roads Organisation

22 March 2019

The Supreme Court set aside an Uttarakhand High Court judgment directing India’s government to regularise the services of several casual labourers working for the Border Roads Organisation which develops and maintains road networks in India's border areas and friendly neighboring countries.

The regularisation...


World – Closing gender pay gap could improve OECD GDP by $2 trillion, study finds

22 March 2019

Improving female participation in work across OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries could boost the OECD GDP by USD 6 trillion, while closing the gender pay gap could boost GDP by USD 2 trillion, according to a new report from PwC.

The report, ‘Women in Work Index’,...


Australia – Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate falls to 4.9% in February

22 March 2019

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Australia fell to 4.9% in February 2019, down 0.6% when compared to the same period the previous year, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The 4.9% rate is the lowest since 2011.

The data from ABS also showed that the number of unemployed...


Taiwan – Seasonally adjusted jobless rate down slightly in February

22 March 2019

Taiwan’s seasonally unemployment rate stood at 3.71% in February 2019, down 0.01% from the previous month, according to the latest manpower survey results from the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

Pan Ning-hsin, deputy director of the DGBAS census department, told Focus Taiwan that the seasonally adjusted figure shows that the local job market remained stable, although the pace of domestic economic growth showed signs of slowing....


Australia – Government to overhaul its employment services platform Jobactive

21 March 2019

Australia’s federal government announced that it is embarking on the biggest reform of its employment services since 1998 which includes changes to its platform Jobactive.

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations Kelly O’Dwyer announced that the overhaul of the Jobactive system will focus on a new...


India – Management buyout for Catenon

21 March 2019

Spanish staffing firm Catenon announced that it has sold 80% of Catenon India for €1.1 million in a management buyout.

No further details were announced.

The company reported contracted sales of €12.4 million in 2018, down 20% from €15.4 million in 2017. EBITDA was also down 2% to €1.5 million...