Employment News

Mining downturn: Bowen Basin communities face tough times but industry talks up coal’s future

All too often the heady days of a mining boom end with a bust but few could have predicted hard times would last so long in central Queensland’s resources sector.

“This has been some of the toughest times for the coal industry in about 20 years,” said Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche.

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Asia dominates as outsourcing location and India remains unrivalled

Asia dominates as outsourcing location and India remains unrivalled

India is still the best place for businesses to outsource services and is unrivalled in its scale and availability of skills, according to AT Kearney’s latest index, which ranks business services locations.
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‘Outplacement support’ for 6,000 redundant MAS staff

KUALA LUMPUR: Khazanah Nasional Bhd will set up a special centre to provide “outplacement support” to some 6,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) staff to be made redundant as part of the airline’s restructuring process.

A source familiar with the restructuring said the focus of the outplacement centre (OPC) would be to extend all relevant and required support to the various groups of employees leaving the national airline.
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Wipro, Infosys enter list of top 5 Indian BPOs

The Indian business process management (BPM) industry has seen a rejig with Wipro and Infosys entering the top five positions in 2013-14, according to Nasscom, the industry body for IT-BPM.

The industry grew by 16.6% year-on-year to $23.3 billion revenue (Rs 1,42,048 crore) in financial year 2013-14 and continues to be the world’s biggest business process outsourcing (BPO) centre, accounting for 38% of the $53-billion global off-shoring market.
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To ride Philippine outsourcing wave, a contest of brains and beauty for young jobseekers

MANILA, Philippines — In the shadows of rising wealth, beneath the towering bronze statues of presidents, is the pavement where 18-year-old Ricky Nieco sleeps every night.

“I walk around our place and see kids sniffing solvents,” Nieco said from the outskirts of Intramuros Golf Club, a grassy area nestled alongside two major intersections leading towards Manila Bay. Horse-drawn carriages pass by, popular among tourists and introduced to the islands during three centuries of Spanish colonial rule.
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SMEs going gangbusters by offshoring jobs

Offshoring back office functions can help small businesses expand, improve customer service and free up cash for advertising and marketing campaigns.

Increasingly small business owners have been taking advantage of cheaper wages in countries like India and the Philippines to offshore administrative and customer service functions.
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