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Korea – Few irregular workers subscribing to social insurance services

19 November 2014

Fewer than one-in-five irregular workers in Korea subscribe to major social insurance services, meaning that many of them could be left unprotected by a social safety net, reports yonhapnews.co.kr. The data from Statistics Korea showed that only 17.3% of temporary and day workers subscribe t...


Japan – The only country employees want to retire later than they have to

19 November 2014

Of the 23 countries surveyed, Japan was the only nation where the age employees want to retire is older than how long they believe they will have to work, according to a report from Randstad Japan, released in honour of Labour Thanksgiving Day on 23 November.According to the results, the average...


Australia – Christmas hiring boosts temporary transport, logistics, and supply chain jobs

19 November 2014

Demand for temporary and contract workers across Australia increased month-on-month by +6.9% in October, largely due to the demand for temporary staff in the lead-up to Christmas, according to the Labourforce Jobs Index from recruitment solutions company Labourforce.The outlook is also good for p...


Malaysia – New Immigration Director General to target illegal workers

18 November 2014

Newly appointed Immigration Department Director General Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim has vowed to  target over 500,000 illegal immigrants employed in Malaysia, reported thesundaily.my.  In addition to illegal immigrants, Mr Ibrahim will also target foreign workers who have breach the condition...


Malaysia – Employers and activists warn new policy will worsen conditions for foreign workers

18 November 2014

A new rule to make foreigners in Malaysia pay the full cost of medical treatment at public healthcare facilities by 2017 will further oppress foreign workers and drive the cost of business up, labour rights activists and employers have warned, reports The Malaysian Insider. Labour activists...


World – Ciett welcomes G20 focus on employment and job creation

18 November 2014

The International Confederation of Private Employment Services (Ciett) has welcomed a statement from the G20 leaders confirming that employment and job creation remain at the centre of the G20 agenda.At the G20 Summit, hosted by the Australian Presidency in Brisbane last weekend, the G20 Leaders...


Hong Kong – Pedersen & Partners opens eighth Asian office

18 November 2014

International executive search firm Pedersen & Partners yesterday announced the opening of a new office in Hong Kong. The opening represents the firm’s 53rd wholly-owned office globally and the eighth office in Asia, in addition to Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, and...


Singapore – Proposed JobStreet merger finally given approval

17 November 2014

Following several delays, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has approved the proposed acquisition of JobStreet Singapore by Australian job board SEEK, reports The Straits Times. In May 2014, JobStreet’s shareholders gave their approval to sell the company’s entire online employme...


Malaysia – Companies looking to hire but suitable candidates are thin on the ground

17 November 2014

Four-out-of-ten (41%) employers plan to hire additional staff in the next few months, up from 30% during the same period last year, according to the Q4 2014 Job Outlook Survey from job board JobStreet, reports freemalaysiatoday.com. A quarter (24%) of employers are content to maintain their...


Japan – Record year for Vietnamese guest workers

17 November 2014

In the 10 months to November 2014, Vietnam sent almost 16,300 workers to Japan, breaking the previous record of 15,000 during the 1990s, underscoring the country’s dearth of workers, reports vietnamnet.vn. Experts say 2014 has been a golden year for Vietnam to export workers to Japan, which...