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Australia – Government review of workplace laws stalled, for now

25 June 2014

The Australian government’s decision to halt its review of workplace laws has been viewed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) as an acknowledgement that those adversely affected by recent budget cuts will also be those adversely affected by the workplace review.According the Sydney M...


Cambodia – Recruitment firms enlisted to help workers return to Thailand

25 June 2014

The Cambodian Ministry of Labour has granted 40 recruitment agencies the authority to send migrant workers to Thailand and provide all necessary permits and documents for a flat fee of USD 49, reports cambodiadaily.com.More than 240,000 Cambodian migrant workers, mostly undocumented, fled Thailan...


Hong Kong – Surge in demand for IT professionals

25 June 2014

The IT market is on the rise in Hong Kong and candidates with application development, virtualisation experience, security, and compliance expertise are in high demand, according to Mr Bernard Yeo, Country manager of recruitment firm en world Hong Kong.Mr Yeo said: “As employers shift into hiring...


Australia – G20 growth targets must commit to plug 62 million global jobs gap

24 June 2014

An action plan for comprehensive growth and quality jobs, which is backed up by job creation targets in national employment plans, must be a priority for the G20, said Australia’s Labour 20 (L20) Summit, reports the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).Held prior to the G20 high-level meetin...


India – Proposal to ease rules to terminate factory and contract workers

24 June 2014

The Indian Commerce Ministry’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has proposed that rules, pertaining to the termination of workers under the Industrial Disputes Act and Contract Labour Act, be eased, reports domain-b.com. The proposal to ease the rules to terminate factory...


Sri Lanka – USD 101.5 million awarded by World Bank to improve labour market

24 June 2014

The World Bank approved a USD 101.5 million International Development Association (IDA) credit payment to Sri Lanka to expand the availability of employable workers by increasing access to high quality labour market relevant skills development programs.The project will open new career prospects f...


Singapore – APSCo intern programme deemed a success by recruiters

24 June 2014

The fully co-ordinated paid internship scheme launched by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) in Singapore has, so far, been deemed a success by the companies taking part.The trade association developed the scheme in response to member feedback, which indicated that the ind...


China – ChinaHR announces USD 41 million investment

23 June 2014

Job board ChinaHR has announced that it will invest €30 million (USD 41 million) in the business, predominately in its technology platforms, to target the growing use of smartphone and tablet recruitment platforms by jobseekers, reports The Irish Independent.A majority stake (90%) of ChinaHR, for...


India – Staffing companies join search for female leaders

23 June 2014

The increased focus on gender diversity across Indian businesses has garnered the support of recruitment companies, report The Times of India. From including a certain percentage of women in their candidate shortlist, to identifying high-quality women leaders in India and abroad, executive search...


Nepal – Employment fraud cases against recruitment firm up by half in a year

23 June 2014

The number of fraud cases linked to foreign recruitment has increased by +49% in a year, according to figures from the Nepalese Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), reports The Himalayan Times.  DoFE records show that 1,406 cases were filed against recruitment agencies during the fi...