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World – More employees confident about finding a job in six months

26 September 2014

The number of employees around the world who expect to find another job within six months increased during the third quarter, according to the Randstad Mobility Index. The Index rose to 110 points during Q3 2014, up from 109 in Q2 2014 and up from 109 in Q3 2013.

The Mobility Index has been increasing...

India – Thousands of government contract workers to protest in Bangalore

26 September 2014

Following reports earlier this week of contract workers protesting in the western city of Mangalore, 17,000 government contract workers from Bangalore have announced that they will stage a protest in the city’s Freedom Park next month, reports The New Indian Express.

The President of India’s Labourers’...

Australia – Despite positive August vacancy figures, job cuts are still mounting

26 September 2014

Job losses are deepening in Australia, spreading from manufacturing to mining and mining-related industries under the impact of sharp falls in export commodity prices. Austerity budgets at the federal and state levels are also adding to the toll, reports wsws.org.

Despite the seasonally adjusted official...

Ethiopia – Text messaging service for jobseekers launched

26 September 2014

Ethiopian ICT and management services firm, SOMTEC, has launched a service for jobseekers that links employers and jobseekers using text messages sent to their mobile phones, reports cio.co.ke. According to research, Ethiopia has 20 times more mobile phone users than internet users. 

Mobile Jobs...

South Africa – Adcorp/Kelly Group merger prompts mixed reactions

25 September 2014

The proposed acquisition of South African staffing firm Kelly Group (KEL: SJ) by rival Adcorp Holdings (ADR: JNB) could be an opportunity for small players in the sector, but others are worried that the merger of the two biggest players could distort competition, reports bdlive.co.za.

Kelly Group is not...

World – Hays: Global labour markets still experiencing high levels of stress

25 September 2014

“The global talent crisis is continuing to worsen. Across the globe we are seeing organisations fighting to find employees with the necessary skills and training,” said Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of recruitment firm Hays.

Mr Cox’s comments are included in the Hays Global Skills Index 2014, which...

Kenya – New law to regulate recruitment agencies announced

25 September 2014

Kenya’s National Assembly will introduce a new law to support Kenyan nationals seeking employment in the Middle East, and in other parts of the world, by November, according to Aden Duale, Majority Leader of the National Assembly, reports The Star.

Speaking in the capital city of Nairobi during the...

Korea – Foreign worker recruitment programme subject to abuse

25 September 2014

A Korean state-run programme to help small- and medium-sized companies hire foreign workers has been found to have many loopholes and been subject to abuse, reports The Korea Times.

According to Hong Ik-pyo, a member of the main opposition party, New Politics Alliance for Democracy, the programme has...

Malaysia – Companies want to cut out recruitment middle-men

24 September 2014

As Malaysia comes under fire for worker abuse by a global labour rights group, industrial firms in the state of Penang want to be able to hire foreign workers directly in order to avoid problems caused by agencies who allegedly take advantage of, and profit from, workers, reports The Malaysian Insider...

India – Contract workers protest, demand more money and better conditions

24 September 2014

Contract workers at an electricity provider in Mangalore, located 350 kilometres west of Bangalore, protested yesterday demanding a minimum monthly wage of INR 15,000 (USD 246) in order to keep pace with the rising cost of living, reports The Hindu.

The contract workers, who gathered outside the Mangalore...