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New Zealand - Talent2’s failing payroll system to remain in place

9 May 2013

The New Zealand government announced that it will be retaining the Novopay system provided by Talent2 to payroll teachers throughout the country despite ongoing problems.Economic Development Minister, Steven Joyce, announced he would be sticking with Novopay for now, and that it "wouldn't be...


Australia - Mixed signs from job ads

9 May 2013

The Australian SEEK Employment Index (SEI), the ratio of new job ads placed with the online employment site during the month against the number of applications for those jobs, decreased by -5.7% in April. The SEI declined in all states; New South Wales (-4.3%), Victoria (-6%), Queensland (-4.7%),...


South-Africa - Ban labour broking or we go on strike, says union

9 May 2013

Farmworkers in De Doorns could once again go on strike if farmers don’t stop using labour brokers (the local term for staffing agencies), the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) warned today.The union, which claims to have 2,600 members including foreign nationals who have migrated there as seas...


World - Weak economic recovery exacerbates employment crisis among young people

9 May 2013

It is not easy being young in today's job market, says the International Labour Organization (ILO) report on Global Employment Trends for Youth.  According to the organization, the weak recovery of the world economy in the last two years has exacerbated the crisis of employment among workers...


Saudi Arabia - New Saudisation law sparks fear among Indians workers

9 May 2013

Over 18,000 Indians have approached the Indian embassy in Riyadh seeking an 'Emergency Certificate' to leave Saudi Arabia amid concerns about possible job losses due to implementation of a new labour law "Nitaqat" that seeks to reserve 10% jobs for locals.The Indian workers have applied...


World - Half of Companies Affected By a Bad Hires

9 May 2013

More than half of employers in each of the ten largest world economies said that a bad hire (someone who turned out not to be a good fit for the job or did not perform it well) has negatively impacted their business, pointing to a significant loss in revenue or productivity or challenges with emp...


Australia - Hamilton James & Bruce Group restructuring

8 May 2013

Hamilton James & Bruce Group Limited (ASX:HJB), Australia's 37th largest commercial & professional services company by market capitalisation, is restructuring due to financial difficulties.Hamilton James & Bruce Group announced that the company has experienced a downturn in fee income...


New Zealand – Rising labour costs a good sign

8 May 2013

New Zealand labour costs rose in the first quarter and filled jobs increased, according to the Household Labour Force Survey..Private sector ordinary time wages rose 0.4% in the first three months of the year from the fourth quarter of 2012, and gained 1.8% from the first quarter last year, Stati...


Vietnam - Workers to be fined when overstaying foreign assignments

8 May 2013

Vietnamese labourers staying in foreign countries beyond the expiry of their labour contracts may be fined up to VND 100 million (USD 4,800).The proposal is expected to be submitted soon to the Government, said Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Department of Oversea...


Oman – Controversy over rumoured curbing of labour from Bangladesh

8 May 2013

An official from the Bangladeshi Embassy in Muscat has announced that media reports in Oman suggesting that the government will curb recruitment from Bangladesh are unfounded.A Bangladeshi delegation led by Khandakar Musharraf Hussain, Bangladesh's Minister for Labour and Overseas Employment, is...