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Australia – Jobless rate steady in June

18 July 2019

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Australia fell by 0.1% to 5.2% in June 2019 when compared to the same period last year, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

When compared to the previous month, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate showed no change.

The number of unemployed...

Australia – SEEK job ads down 7.7%, but average salaries rise

18 July 2019

Australian job board SEEK’s latest employment report showed a decrease of 7.7% in jobs advertised in June 2019 compared to June 2018. At the same time, the average advertised salary across Australia increased by 2.7% year-on-year.

The science & technology sector reported the highest job ad growth...

China – Jobs available increases in second quarter, report finds

18 July 2019

China’s job market saw improvement in the second quarter of 2019, with more posted vacancies than jobseekers, according to a report from Zhaopin Limited and the China Institute for Employment Research (CIER) at Renmin University of China.

After falling to a five-year low of 1.68 in the first quarter,...

China – Government to relax immigration rules to attract and retain highly skilled overseas talent (South China Morning Post)

18 July 2019

China’s Ministry of Public Security is to relax its immigration rules, opening the door to more highly skilled overseas workers and allowing a greater number of foreigners the opportunity to become permanent residents, reports the South China Morning Post. The Ministry added that the rule changes,...

World – Tech leaders expect 1 in 5 jobs to be replaced by robots: Harvey Nash

17 July 2019

AI/automation will replace 1 in 5 jobs across the globe within five years, according to a survey of Chief Information Officers from Harvey Nash and KPMG.

The prediction comes as IT departments are being tasked by executive boards to use AI/automation to improve efficiencies. Harvey Nash says this is likely...

Australia – More employers searching for soft skills, Hays finds

17 July 2019

Nearly a third, or 31% of employers say soft skills have the highest impact on the effectiveness of their organisation, according to research from Hays.

Of the 3,400 organisations in Australia surveyed for the Hays Salary Guide, 62% of those who intend to add permanent staff to their organisation this...

South Korea – Government introduces new workplace anti-bullying laws (BBC News)

17 July 2019

South Korea has introduced new workplace anti-bullying laws with penalties that include jail for employers in some cases, reports BBC News. The new labour legislation came into effect yesterday. It marks the first time the country has required employers take action against harassment. Workers will now...

India – AI to replace low-level healthcare roles, Indian Staffing Federation says (Economic Times)

17 July 2019

In a recent Q & A published by the Economic Times, Rituparna Chakraborty, President, Indian Staffing Federation, spoke about the impact of AI on the country’s healthcare sector. Chakraborty said AI is poised to deliver significant improvements and transform the sector. When it comes to job roles,...

Australia — Randstad to acquire technology recruitment firm Aurec Group

16 July 2019

Randstad Australia announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Aurec Group in Australia.

Aurec Group is a specialist in technology recruitment, contractor management, payroll, migration and professional services.

Completion of the acquisition is subject to several conditions, which parties expect...

World – OECD employment rate rises in Q1

16 July 2019

The employment rate for the OECD area (Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development) rose by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2019 to 68.7% when compared to the same period last year.

When compared to the previous quarter, the employment rate increased by 0.1% in Q1 2019. The quarter-on-quarter growth...