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People – Gi Group India, Frazer Jones, StepStone Group, Oleeo

13 September 2019

Gi Group India appointed Sonal Arora as the new Executive Director and Head for their staffing business. Arora has extensive experience of more than two decades in industries such as Media and HR Services Outsourcing. She started her career with The Times of India group and was working with TeamLease...


Asia Pacific – Malaysia signs agreement with Nepal for labour supply

13 September 2019

Authorities from the Nepalese and Malaysian governments signed an agreement yesterday to restart the foreign employment of Nepalese workers in Malaysia.

Both countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for labour supply in October 2018. However, according to Nepal24hours, the agreement remained...


India – Temporary staff hiring to see muted growth this festive season (The Asian Age)

13 September 2019

India’s festive season is expected to see a 10-15% rise in hiring compared to 30-35% growth last year due to the economic slowdown, reports The Asian Age, citing data from the Indian Staffing Federation. Usually the second half of the year sees a spurt in hiring of temporary staff to meet the festive...


World – OECD unemployment rate stable in July

12 September 2019

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) announced that the unemployment rate for its member countries remained stable at 5.2% in July 2019 when compared to the previous month.

Across the OECD area, 33.3 million people were unemployed.

The unemployment rate was also unchanged in...


Singapore – Employment growing in H1 despite economic headwinds: Ministry of Manpower

12 September 2019

Total employment in Singapore continued to expand in H1 2019, despite economic headwinds, according to the latest statement on the labour market by the Ministry of Manpower.

The Ministry’s data showed that total employment (excluding Foreign Domestic Workers) continued to grow, expanding by 16,900 in...


India – Recruitment activity flat in August: Naukri

12 September 2019

Hiring activity in India was flat in August 2019 when compared to the same month of 2018, according to the Naukri JobSpeak Index.

The Naukri job index for August 2019 stood at 2,164, compared to 2,161 in August 2018.

Naukri stated that August’s steady figures were due to a decline in growth rates across...


Singapore – Most business leaders say it will be challenging to train staff on new technology: Robert Half

12 September 2019

The majority, or 93%, of business leaders in Singapore, say it will be challenging to train staff on new technology, according to research from Robert Half.

Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore, commented, “The rate of Singapore’s digital transformation initiatives...


South Korea – Number of temporary employees steady in August, unemployment falls

11 September 2019

The number of temporary employees in South Korea fell to 4.85 million in August 2019, a decrease of 0.04% when compared to the same period last year, according to data published from Statistics Korea.

When compared to the previous month, the number of temporary employees in South Korea fell by 1.24%.

At...


World – Foxconn responds to concerns over temp worker use at Apple iPhone factory

11 September 2019

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s manufacturing partners, responded to a report by labour group China Labour Watch alleging that it broke Chinese law by employing too many temporary workers at its Zhengzhou Foxconn iPhone factory in China.

CLW said Chinese law stipulates that temporary workers...


Australia – Court rules Plutus Payroll IT contractors are not priority creditors

11 September 2019

New South Wales Supreme Court ruled that IT contractors who used the services of collapsed Australian-based payroll company Plutus Payroll are not priority creditors since they were not employees of the company.

Plutus Payroll is behind a conspiracy alleged to have defrauded the Australian Taxation Office...