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Singapore – Guidelines issued advising employers to provide employment terms in writing

17 December 2014

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower in conjunction with the Labour Movement; comprising the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), announced that they have developed a set of guidelines to advise employers on issuing key employment terms in wri...


Malaysia – Illegal foreign workers must leave by January and observe cooling-off period

17 December 2014

More than 500,000 foreign workers, who have been temporarily legalised, must return to their home countries next month and observe a compulsory six-month cooling-off period before they can return to Malaysia, reports the New Straits Times Online. The 6P programme, implemented in August 2011...


New Zealand – Job market for skilled workers improving

17 December 2014

The outlook for skilled workers is brighter across most business sectors and across most of New Zealand, especially the south of the South Island, Bay of Plenty, and Auckland, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), reports stuff.co.nz. Advertised vacancies...


Chile – Mercer acquires compensation specialist

16 December 2014

Global consulting firm Mercer announced yesterday that it has acquired Denarius, a Santiago-based company that, among other things, produces research on corporate compensation and employee benefits in both Chile and Peru.Denarius was founded by Chilean executive search firm Seminarium Penrhyn.The...


Malaysia – Academics call for amendments to Employment Act

16 December 2014

Malaysia’s National Professors Council (MPN) today proposed that the federal government amend the Employment (Amended) Act 2012 to cover the rights of foreign workers, as they are an important driver to the nation’s economy, reports The Malay Mail Online. The council’s Deputy Secretary-Gener...


Australia – Strong seasonal growth in temporary transport logistics and supply chain jobs

16 December 2014

The Transport Logistics and Supply Chain job market enjoyed another strong performance in November with the Labourforce Impex Job Index rising by +0.7% to 119.62. In the past twelve months demand has risen by nearly +20%; well above the national average which was closer to +15%.This month’s rise...


Japan – Recruiters turning to ASEAN countries for graduates

16 December 2014

Japanese recruitment companies are reaching out to other Asian countries to help domestic clients hire new college graduates for their regional expansion plans, reports nikkei.com. As Japanese companies delve deeper into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), their need for...


Japan – Labour reforms likely following Prime Minister’s re-election

15 December 2014

With the lowest voter turn-out since the Second World War, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected following his decision to call a snap election last month. Mr Abe’s Liberal Democrat Party, along with its junior coalition partner, Komeito, won a comfortable majority, capturing 326 of 4...


China – Hudson RPO announces Microsoft contract win

15 December 2014

Hudson RPO, the recruitment process outsourcing division of global talent solutions provider Hudson Global, announced that the company had secured a “client win and partnership” with computing giant Microsoft China.No details about the contract award, duration, or scope were released.Last month,...


UAE – Employment prospects in other countries mean fewer expats and worsening talent shortages

15 December 2014

The UAE employment market continues to thrive and the demand for specialist occupations far outweighs supply, which has resulted in talent shortages across the region, according to the Robert Half 2015 Salary Guide, reports arabianbusiness.com. Despite challenges recruiting staff; salaries f...