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Indonesia – Foreign worker numbers down

5 January 2015

The number of foreign workers in Indonesia dropped by -6.3% in 2014 compared with 2013, according to figures from the Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Ministry. The number of Foreigner Employment Permits (IMTA) fell to 64,604 as of October 2014, down from 68,957 the previous year, reports en.temp.co...

UAE – Expatriate executives staying twice as long

5 January 2015

Expatriate executives are staying twice as long in the United Arab Emirates despite modest salary increases and improving economic conditions in the West, reports the National

The average stay of senior professionals increased to four and a half years in 2014, almost double the duration in 2007,...

Chile – President introduces labour reform bill

31 December 2014

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill on Monday that seeks to balance labour relations by bolstering unions and workers' rights, prompting a quick backlash from business leaders and opposition lawmakers according to Reuters and Martin Padulla of Staffingamericalatina.com

The labour...

Singapore - What makes a top Company popular?

31 December 2014

JobStreet.com conducted a survey 940 employees across various industries in on what are the top companies that Singaporean employees want to work for and why. The rankings show Google in 1st place, followed by Shell, the multinational oil and gas company coming in second, Singapore Airlines, took...

Indonesia - Targeting child labour-free status by 2022.

31 December 2014

Manpower Minister M Hanif Dhakiri has announced the implementation of a Child Labour Free Zone programme in industrial areas across the country that prohibits all companies from employing children, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.

 “The government will not hesitate to impose firm sanctions...

Nigeria - Immigration Recruitment Tragedy

31 December 2014

In a follow up to a story we first ran in March the Federal Government has reassured the relatives of the dead and victims of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment stampede not to lose hope in securing automatic employment into the agency. It blamed the delay on administrative bottleneck...

India – PeopleStrong concluding Wipro RPO contract

30 December 2014

Wipro's India and Middle East division is expected to hand over its entire staff recruitment responsibilities to HR solution provider PeopleStrong in a deal valued over INR 100 crore (USD 15.7 million) according to The Economic Times. Wipro is a multinational IT Consulting and System Integration services...

Singapore - Employment claims tribunal for managers to be ready next year

30 December 2014

An Employment Claims Tribunal to help all professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) settle disputes with their employers will be ready in 2015, according to an article in HR in Asia.

PMEs, who earn more than SGD 4,500 (USD 3,525) a month, are not currently covered under the Employment Act, which means...

Australia – 2014 a bad year for graduates

30 December 2014

Starting salaries for university graduates have plateaued and full-time employment is proving more elusive, according to the latest annual Australian Graduate Survey.

32% of university graduates who wanted a full-time job had not found one four months after completing a degree in 2014 - up from 29% last...

India - Lacks skilled labour

30 December 2014

India has too few skilled labourers thanks to decades of neglect in training and it desperately needs electricians, bricklayers and plumbers according to a report from Reuters.

"India, so far, has been a country that celebrated knowledge and intellect. Skills are not celebrated," said Rituparna...